December 1, 2010
2010 Snapshot: SFA Efforts To Strengthen And Expand The CFS Market
Throughout 2010 the Steel Framing Alliance has continued its efforts to represent the cold-formed steel (CFS) industry on wide variety of issues and has addressed innovative solutions through research. More
Steel At Work – An Opportunity to Promote Your CFS Construction Project
With changes in the economy, developers and builders are implementing strategies to maximize their return on investment and this has resulted in evaluating construction techniques and technologies being used. More
- Construction Spending Rises 0.7 Percent In October
WASHINGTON — Construction spending rose for the second straight month in October, pushed up by growth in residential building and government projects. More
- NAR Says U.S. Commercial Markets Set To Improve In 2011, Multifamily To Lead The Sector
According to a new report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), many commercial real estate markets in the U.S. are flattening out in late 2010, with modestly improving fundamentals expected in 2011. More
- Multifamily Sector Posts Record Occupancy Gains
The multifamily real estate sector posted its greatest quarterly occupancy gain in the third quarter and is poised to continue to benefit from single-family housing market decompression throughout 2011, commercial real estate economists said this week in separate forecasts delivered by New York City-based REIS and Washington, D.C.-based Jones Lang LaSalle. More
- Surge In Confidence Puts Investors On The Hunt, Particularly For Multifamily
Encino, Calif.–What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, real estate players with money in pocket were hesitant about making purchases, but now confidence is on the upswing and they have become increasingly acquisitive, as per a third-quarter report by National Real Estate Investor magazine and Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services. More
- Builder Confidence Edges Up
Home builders were a bit more positive about the market for new, single-family homes this month, but not positive enough to get the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index out of the mid-teens. More
- A Mundane Approach To A Vexing Problem
AUSTIN, TEXAS — Building codes are not exactly the stuff of a rollicking supper-table conversation. But experts say that they are among the most straightforward and cost-effective ways to cut energy costs in buildings, which account for about 40 percent of energy use in the United States and Europe because of the need for amenities like heating, cooling and lighting. More
- Two New Green Building Offerings From USGBC
Chicago, IL - Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the launch of LEED for Retail, its newest green building rating system, and the LEED Volume Program, a program designed to meet the certification needs of high-volume property developers. More
- Real Estate Companies See Strong Markets Despite High Unemployment Levels
NEW YORK – Executives at the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts annual convention held in New York City expressed growing optimism about their businesses despite predictions that U.S. employment growth will remain weak through 2011. More
- Architecture Billings Index Down In October
A leading indicator of U.S. construction activity fell below 50 in October as credit for building projects continues to be tight, suggesting a recovery in the non-residential sector will not begin until late next year at the earliest. More
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2011 Dues Renewal
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CFSEI 2010 Tech Notes And Webinars – At A Glance

Technical Publications

  • Updated Technical Note on Welding of Cold-Formed Steel Framing
  • Updated Technical Note on Top Track Load Distribution Members
  • New Technical Note on Local and Distortional Elastic Buckling Loads and Moments for SSMA Stud Sections (publication expected this month)
  • New Technical Note on Steel Roof Deck Diaphragms on CFS Framing  (publication expected this month)
  • New Technical Note on Clip Angles Used in Cold-Formed Steel Construction  (publication expected this month)

Web-Based Seminars

  • Beginners Guide to the Direct Strength Method for Cold-Formed Steel Design
  • Cold-Formed Steel Design using the 2009 International Building Code
  • Cold-Formed Steel Connection Design: 2007 AISI and 2009 IBC

For more information on CFSEI resources, visit

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Groveland, FL
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Niteroi, Brazil
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Lakeland, FL
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Khobar, Saudi Arabia

January 12-15, 2011
NAHB International Builders' Show 2011
Orlando, FL More


February 7-8, 2011
STEEL Doing It Right
San Diego, CA More


May 23-24, 2011
MASFA Expo & CFSEI Annual Conference
Annapolis, MD



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