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Lumber Costs Create Sticker Shock, Calls for Alternatives

Americans face sticker shock as they shop for new homes and budget for home improvement projects. Experts call for a switch to wood alternatives. Originally posted at Buildsteel.org According to National Association of Home Builders’s online newsletter Eye on Housing, the latest estimates show the rising softwood lumber prices over the last [...]

By |2021-06-10T14:49:16+00:00June 10th, 2021|Commercial, Company, Residential|0 Comments

5 Areas Where Cold-Formed Steel Opens Up Design Possibilities

Some building materials make it hard to achieve certain architectural goals. Here’s how cold-formed steel opens up more design possibilities. Originally posted at Buildsteel.org Great architecture can serve to make a statement, reflect contemporary preferences, or create community. However, achieving that desired aesthetic can present tricky construction challenges. Some of the most [...]

By |2021-06-07T15:04:26+00:00June 7th, 2021|Commercial, Company, Residential|0 Comments

Truss Assemblies: How Cold-Formed Steel Performs Compared to Other Common Materials

How Steel Trusses Perform Originally posted at Buildsteel.org One of the most efficient systems in a low- to mid-rise structure is none other than the truss assembly supporting the roof. This is true especially when the trusses are fabricated with cold-formed steel chords and webs with rolled edges. The pairing of high-strength, [...]

By |2021-05-12T12:20:04+00:00May 12th, 2021|Commercial, Company, Residential|0 Comments

6 Factors to Consider to Maximize the Benefits of Off-Site Construction

To maximize the efficiencies of panelization and get the most out of off-site construction, there are a few key elements you must consider. Originally posted at Buildsteel.org Panelization — the ability to assemble wall, floor, and roof sections off-site in a controlled environment — is frequently used in cold-formed steel framing projects [...]

By |2021-05-03T15:15:28+00:00May 3rd, 2021|Commercial, Company, Residential|0 Comments

CFS Outperforms Wood and Concrete in UC San Diego Seismic and Fire Tests

Harry Jones II of DCI Engineers investigates how mid-rise CFS-framed buildings outperform other systems when subjected to seismic loads and fire. Originally posted at Buildsteel.org In this video, provided by the Steel Framing Industry Association (SFIA), Harry Jones II, SE, principal at DCI Engineers, tells the story of how a mid-rise cold formed [...]

By |2021-04-20T13:04:54+00:00April 20th, 2021|Commercial, Company, Residential|0 Comments

Money In the Bank: Credit Union’s Switch from Wood to Cold-Formed Steel Trusses Saves $40,000

Cutting-edge design of corporate headquarters office buildings has changed drastically in the financial services industry. Banks, credit unions and other financial firms want centralized facilities large enough to accommodate decades of growth. Originally posted at Buildsteel.org They want offices with expansive interiors and lots of sunlight. They want signature looks that convey [...]

By |2021-04-08T17:18:25+00:00April 8th, 2021|Commercial, Company, Residential|0 Comments

US-Based Synergy Steel Thriving After Move To Offsite, Fast-Build Technology

Synergy Steel’s story is a transformational one. It is a tale of a company with lumber construction beginnings that has progressed to become an industry leader in framing automation, steel, and leading edge construction technology. Despite the challenges of 2020 and the interruptions to normal operations, the transition from traditional building methods to highly innovative [...]

By |2021-04-06T13:31:28+00:00April 6th, 2021|Commercial, Company, Residential|0 Comments

10 Reasons to shift to steel for framing

If you are leading a construction business that is framing up the way you’ve always done it - with timber – you may have been hearing a lot in the market about the benefits of cold formed steel (also known as light gauge steel). Originally posted at HOWICK.com Those businesses that have [...]

By |2021-03-31T14:23:50+00:00March 31st, 2021|Commercial, Company, Residential|0 Comments

Exploring the potential of digital technology

Transformation is happening all around us and while other industries have been quick to make the digital leap, the construction industry has been slower out of the starting blocks. Steve Thompson of EOS Facades shares his views on the positive impact technology will have on today’s construction industry Originally posted at pbctoday.co.uk [...]

By |2021-03-25T15:09:04+00:00March 25th, 2021|Commercial, Company, Residential|0 Comments

Steel Capacity Increases as Lumber Shortage Continues

The U.S. steel industry starts off the year with shipments and capacity in good shape. Fortune 250 firm, U.S. Steel, gives bullish guidance to investors. Originally posted at BuildSteel.org In the midst of rising steel prices, and concerns in some corners about steel product lead times, steel production and product availability appear [...]

By |2021-03-22T18:31:44+00:00March 22nd, 2021|Commercial, Company, Residential|0 Comments
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