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Building Codes to include steel framing for the first time.



SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 13, 1995--Steel industry efforts to capture a larger share of the residential framing market could receive a huge boost when standards for cold-formed steel products and prescriptive construction guidelines are submitted to building code agencies at the end of this year. According to according to
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 Jay Crandell, Project Manager for the NAHB Research Center The NAHB Research Center is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders. Established in 1964, the center is a source for objective information and research on housing construction and development issues. , work is currently well underway on the development of a code change submittal to the Council of American Building Officials (CABO Cabo Cabo San Lucas (BCS, Mexico)
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) One - and Two-Family Dwelling Code.

Crandell will present an update on the status of the code change as part of a special steel framing seminar to be held on Thursday, June 22, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. as part of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC PCBC Propagating Cipher Block Chaining
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). The nation's second largest building trade show, PCBC will be held in San Francisco's Moscone Center The Moscone Center is San Francisco, California's largest convention and exhibition complex. The complex consists of two main underground halls underneath Yerba Buena Gardens, Moscone North and Moscone South, as well the three-level Moscone West exhibition hall across 4th Street.  from June 22 through 24, and features the return of the "Steel Central" exhibit area.

"The residential building codes have never included provisions for steel framing because wood has been the dominant material used in home construction for decades," says Crandell. Recent fluctuations in the cost of wood and perceived problems with declining quality as voiced by home builders caused the NAHB Research Center to renew its efforts to identify plausible alternatives to lumber. "Without the building codes as a guideline, builders have had to go to extra lengths in planning a steel framing project and getting it approved by local building departments. This code change will minimize that problem, leveling the competitive playing field," Crandell says.

Working in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD Hud (hd), a pre-Qur'anic prophet of Islam. Hud unsuccessfully exhorted his South Arabian people, the Ad, to worship the One God. ), the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI AISI American Iron and Steel Institute
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), and National Association of Home Builders The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is one of the largest trade associations in the United States. Headquartered in Washington, DC, the association organizes one of the largest conventions in North America, The International Builders' Show, which draws more than , a steering committees of industry experts, including code officials, engineers, researchers, manufacturers, and builders was assembled to assist in planning and directing the effort. Part of their work included such major issues as standardization of product type, construction methods, and design methods.

Prescriptive construction guidelines is also a key element of the new residential building code since it provides a "cookbook (programming) cookbook - (From amateur electronics and radio) A book of small code segments that the reader can use to do various magic things in programs.

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" approach to light gauge steel framing. "Giving builders clear information on what designs, types of materials and construction techniques comply with the codes will dramatically ease the process of building a steel frame house," Crandell says.

After the proposed amendment to the building codes is submitted, CABO officials will undertake an extensive review of the documents and are expected to approve the submittal in the Fall of 1996. If approved, the new code guidelines for residential steel framing go into effect immediately following this vote and will be published as an amendment. In 1998 CABO will produce a new code book that incorporates all the changes approved in the previous three years, most likely including a new section on steel framing.

"Builders are naturally cautious and they like to know in advance what they're up against," says Crandell. "Having a building code and a prescriptive path of construction will go a long way toward taking the mystery out of building with steel, allowing competition to drive the use of steel without unnecessary economic, regulatory, or technical barriers."

The NAHB Research Center is a wholly owned, not-for-profit subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB NAHB National Association of Home Builders
NAHB National Academy of Health and Business (Canada) 
), whose members build more than 80 percent of U.S. homes. The Research Center studies all aspects of home building, and tests and certifies building products.

"Steel Central" is a featured exhibition area at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, held this year from June 22 through 24 in San Francisco's Moscone Center. This year "Steel Central" features the largest representation of the steel framing industry to date, and has at its centerpiece a full-size steel framed house.

"Steel Central" is organized by three organizations that are leading the development of the residential light gauge steel framing industry in the Western United States Noun 1. western United States - the region of the United States lying to the west of the Mississippi River
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Santa Fe Trail - a trail that extends from Missouri to New Mexico; an important route for settlers moving west in the 19th century
: USS-POSCO Industries, California's largest steelmaker; the Light Gauge Steel Engineers Association, formed to promote the establishment of material and design standards Design standards

Specifications of materials, physical measurements, processes, performance of products, and characteristics of services rendered. Design standards may be established by individual manufacturers, trade associations, and national or
 for the residential steel framing industry; and the Carpenters/Contractors Cooperation Committee, which represents more than 40,000 union carpenters and 1,200 contractors.

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Larry W. Williams, 615/385-4987
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