Architectural Record BE - Building Enclosure

The New Generation of Cold-Formed Steel Framing

Innovations produce framing members that are stronger, lighter and more durable than ever

Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Presented by Larry W. Williams
Continuing Education

Learning Objectives - After this course, you should be able to:

  1. Explore the structural basics that define interior nonstructural cold-formed steel framing and corrosion protection.
  2. Investigate what is currently standard in the industry for nonstructural cold-formed steel framing and corrosion protection.
  3. Explain the comparative or equivalent performance of the new generation cold-formed steel framing.
  4. Define project assembly performance requirements that include the new generation of nonstructural cold-formed steel framing.



Steel is an engineered product with consistent chemical and mechanical properties and that can be precisely controlled to meet a user’s requirements for strength, formability, durability, ductility or any combination of these, along with many other characteristics. This ability has enabled the development of a new generation of nonstructural cold-formed steel framing that is lighter without sacrificing structural performance, and new coating technologies that are cost-effective and durable.

This webinar will explore how engineers and manufacturers are able to control the material characteristics of steel, then how these principles are applied to manufacturing the current industry standard studs and the new generation of nonstructural cold-formed steel framing. Following a discussion of the structural basics relating to performance, including how the new generation of products perform regarding fire resistance and acoustical performance, the webinar will conclude with suggestions on writing specifications that focus on the required performance of the new generation on cold-formed steel framing.

Larry W. Williams

Larry W. Williams, APR, is Executive Director of the Steel Framing Industry Association, the industry organization dedicated to expanding the market for cold-formed steel through Promotion, Advocacy, Education, and by providing a positive environment for Innovation. The SFIA’s 1,500 members come from virtually every facet of the construction industry, including steel mills, coil coaters, stud and connector manufacturers, component fabricators, engineers, researchers, suppliers/distributors, and builders and framing contractors.

ClarkDietrich Building Systems offers a comprehensive lineup of steel construction products and services across the United States and abroad. Using cold-formed steel, we manufacture innovative products for interior framing, interior finishing, exterior framing and floor framing, as well as clips, connectors, metal lath and accessories.