Are you constructing the most cost-effective mid-rise building?

Take this short 5 questionassessment to find out.

In general, do you typically utilize efficient construction methods to reduce the construction schedule?

  • Yes, this is a top priority
  • Yes, but not always a priority
  • No, efficient building is of low importance

Do you use sustainable materials as a way to reduce costs?

  • Yes, sustainable materials are used frequently
  • Yes, but not frequently
  • No, sustainable products are not a priority

Do you use panelized wall systems to reduce on-site labor costs and construction waste?

  • Yes, for all projects
  • Yes, for some projects
  • No, very little

Do you frequency assess the rates you paying for builders risk insurance?

  • Yes, we annually assess our rates
  • Yes, but not often
  • No, we rarely assess our rates

Do you consider the strength-to-weight ratio when selecting a framing materiel?

  • Yes, this is always a consideration
  • Yes, sometimes this a consideration
  • No, I never consider this aspect of framing

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These steel frames offer a cost savings approach to construction insurance, plus many other advantages.
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Recently, a major fire raced through the AvalonBay at Edgewater apartment community in New Jersey, destroying several hundred units and displacing the residents of the luxury development in the middle of winter.

As dramatic as this enormous fire was, it was by no means a singular event. In fact, even as you read this article, firefighters somewhere may be responding to yet another huge apartment blaze. The reason: The proliferation of wood-framed construction in mid-rise buildings.

One need only look at the record. In the first few months of 2014, for example, fire disasters fueled by wood framing destroyed a four-story ap...

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Park 4200 in Dallas used cold-formed steel framing in 6 of its 9 stories.
PHOTO COURTESY OF NUCONSTEEL

With recent improvements in load bearing capacities, cold-formed steel (CFS) is being used in new applications. Traditionally CFS is relegated to non-bearing partition and curtain walls due to its light weight, high strength, non-combustible nature, and ease of installation. However, according to the Steel Framing Alliance, CFS is an excellent and cost competitive choice for structural applications on buildings as high as 9 stories.

The increased use of new techniques using steel helps reduce costs of an overall project and makes commercial projects more marketable since steel is inherently a stable, engineered material with consisten...

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Are you constructing the most cost-effective mid-rise building?

Take this short 5 question
assessment to find out.

In general, do you typically utilize efficient construction methods to reduce the construction schedule?

  • Yes, this is a top priority
  • Yes, but not always a priority
  • No, efficient building is of low importance

Do you use sustainable materials as a way to reduce costs?

  • Yes, sustainable materials are used frequently
  • Yes, but not frequently
  • No, sustainable products are not a priority

Do you use panelized wall systems to reduce on-site labor costs and construction waste?

  • Yes, for all projects
  • Yes, for some projects
  • No, very little

Do you frequency assess the rates you paying for builders risk insurance?

  • Yes, we annually assess our rates
  • Yes, but not often
  • No, we rarely assess our rates

Do you consider the strength-to-weight ratio when selecting a framing materiel?

  • Yes, this is always a consideration
  • Yes, sometimes this a consideration
  • No, I never consider this aspect of framing

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These steel frames offer a cost savings approach to construction insurance, plus many other advantages.
Specht_Charles


Recently, a major fire raced through the AvalonBay at Edgewater apartment community in New Jersey, destroying several hundred units and displacing the residents of the luxury development in the middle of winter.

As dramatic as this enormous fire was, it was by no means a singular event. In fact, even as you read this article, firefighters somewhere may be responding to yet another huge apartment blaze. The reason: The proliferation of wood-framed construction in mid-rise buildings.

One need only look at the record. In the first few months of 2014, for example, fire disasters fueled by wood framing destroyed a four-story a...

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How does the environment affect cold-formed steel framing? Get the facts on what makes CFS one of the most durable building materials available.

Article by Steel Market Development Institute

One of the major material advantages of cold-formed steel (CFS) framing is that it is impervious to the environmental factors that typically threaten the integrity, lifespan and stability of other framing materials. The material’s resistance to corrosion, mold and vermin, plus its dimensional stability, helps give it a longevity few other building materials can rival. Read on to learn more about cold-formed steel’s many durable attributes.

Corrosion Resistance

Properly designed and constructed steel structures provide long-term durab...

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Builders can meet market needs, meet safety requirements, and build cost-effective and environmentally sensitive mid-rise buildings with these five tips.

Article by BuildSteel

The state of the global economy has changed the construction market for the next several years. Growing demand for mid-rise buildings, including apartments, condominiums, senior living, affordable housing, and mixed-use commercial/residential development is creating opportunities and challenges for builders and developers as they work to implement strategies to maximize return on investment.

Even with today’s heightened environmental awareness, most builders and designers are still focusing on their bottom line. Some builders are fighting the increased envi...

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According to a recent article in Construction Dive, new trends in the healthcare industry are leading to an increase in outpatient facilities. According to a December 2015 Accenture report, there will be more than 2,800 in-store clinics operational by the end of 2017, a 47% increase from 2014.

In order to get medical facilities up and running quickly, modular and off-site construction is growing in popularity. BuildSteel’s 10 Ways Cold-Formed Steel Framing Can Lower Your Total Construction Costs indicates that panelizing CFS wall panels off-site reduces on-­site labor costs and construction waste. It cuts the total project cycle time and improves quality control, since CFS components can be created to exact measurements.

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The Steel Framing Industry Association (SFIA) provides two simple ways to cut costs on your next project bid:

  • Choose high-quality and affordable cold-formed steel.
  • Take advantage of lower insurance rates on noncombustible cold-formed steel.

Non-combustible structures, like those built with cold-formed steel framing, have a better loss history than combustible wood framing. This often translates into lower costs and broader overages for many types of construction insurance. The US Assure Builders Risk Plan, insured by Zurich, automatically offers low noncombustible rates on cold-formed steel framing.

As sustainability becomes increasingly important, use these facts to explain how cold-formed steel can be part of sustainable building design.

Article by BuildSteel

For years, construction has been “going green.” New commercial buildings, homes, and renovation projects are often designed with sustainability and low environmental impact in mind. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when building owners, architects, and contractors ask about if and how cold-formed steel framing (CFS) can be part of those sustainable designs.

Here are five ways to convey the sustainable benefits of CFS and how its use in construction projects can benefit the planet.

1. CFS framing is durable and built to last

Strength-to-weight ratio is...

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