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As the use of cold-formed steel has grown over the past 60 years, so has the number of resources available to engineers, architects, contractors, and suppliers.  This section is intended to help the design and construction professional cut through the clutter to find the resources they need.

Technical Guide for Cold-Formed Steel Framing.  Span and load tables based on based upon the 2012 American Iron and Steel Institute’s S100-12 “North American Specifi cation for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members” and meets the requirements of the IBC 2015 Building Code, as well as the 2013 California Building Code and 2014 Florida Building Code.  Also includes the industry’s standard nomenclature and product identification information.

The current edition of the SFIA Product Technical Guide does not include tables for Ceiling Span conditions that may only be occasionally needed by the designer.  These are available in a separate document which can be downloaded here.  Like the SFIA Product Technical Guide, the data contained in these tables comply with AISI S100-12, the 2015 International Building Code, 2016 California Building Code, and the 2014 Florida Building Code.

Code Compliance Research Report, CCRR-0224.  The SFIA Code Compliance Research Report (CCRR), issued by Architectural Testing Inc., provides the evidence, technical information, and professional evaluation that standard cold-formed steel framing stud and track manufactured by SFIA members comply with the 2015 International Building Code, 2015 International Residential Code, 2014 Florida Building Code including High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ), and the 2013 California Building Code.

Guide Specifications
Section 05400 - Cold-Formed Metal Framing
For use in the preparation of a project specification section covering cold-formed steel exterior wall studs, floor joists, trusses, ceiling and roof joists, and rafters.  Materials may be field installed or shop fabricated and field erected. Studs may be either axially-load bearing or non-axially load bearing
Section 092216 - Nonstructural Metal Framing
For use in the preparation of a project specification section covering metal framing systems for interior non-load bearing walls, interior ceilings and exterior soffits.

Plan Review and Inspections
One of the first steps in implementing any project – whether the structural system is cold-formed steel or other material - should be a conversation with the local building department. This is the best way to uncover the particulars that relate to your project and building code jurisdiction.

LEED and Sustainability
LEED®ing with Cold-Formed Steel:  Cold-formed steel products manufactured by Steel Framing Industry Association members help your project quality for up to:
•    Up to 7 points under LEED® v4 for BD+C

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Cold-Formed Steel Framing
EPDs are developed from a Life Cycle Assessment and can help designers earn credits under LEED v4.  This EPD represents cold-formed steel (CFS) studs and track made from hot-dip galvanized steel, produced and manufactured in U.S. and Canada. The steel in the studs and track is produced at a mix of steel mill types in the U.S. and Canada, which use both the BOF (basic oxygen furnace) and EAF (electric arc furnace) route for steelmaking

Apparent Sound Insulation in Cold-Formed Steel Buildings

This report provides the Design Professional with information that maybe needed for enhanced sound control in buildings using ASTC rather than STC.

Construction Details They are intended to provide designers and contractors with guidance on design, detailing, and construction of buildings that utilize cold-formed steel framing members.  These products should not be used in design or construction without an independent evaluation by a qualified engineer or architect to verify the suitability of a particular product for use in a specific application.

Directory of Fire and Acoustic Rated Assemblies.  This searchable directory provides the user with the ability to search a comprehensive range of fire and sound-rated cold-formed steel floor, wall and roof assemblies as listed by the major recognized testing agencies.


Wall System Design Center. An online resource that provides architects, owners, developers, and contractors with needed information about integrated wall and ceiling solutions, including how to assess the performance attributes of the various system components, and to help determine how these various components can impact the overall performance of the system.