Form, Function & Safety: Multitasking Steel Deck Framing Rises to the Demands of Modern Outdoor Living

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Live webinar airing on July 28, 2022 at 2:00 PM EDT
Sponsored by Fortress Building Products
Presented by Todd Smith, CSI, CDT, LEED Green Associate

Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize steel framing’s ability to support larger loads without sacrificing a high-end aesthetic to increase occupant’s physical safety and meet SITES v2 goals of social connection.
  2. Illustrate how steel framing’s resistance to the elements and noncombustible nature can meet stringent fire codes and expand commercial use.
  3. Comprehend how steel framing uses fewer materials and is both recycled and recyclable, contributing to the SITES v2 goals of recycled material use and diverting construction and demolition materials from disposal.
  4. Describe how steel framing can contribute to more sustainable commercial outdoor living spaces to support the welfare of surrounding natural spaces without the need for harsh chemicals, meeting SITES v2 requirement of sustainable site maintenance.


Approval Pending
Approval Pending
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

This course will explore how steel deck framing prioritizes safety and aesthetics. Participants will learn how steel’s strength and non-combustible nature allow for bigger decks that meet stringent fire codes and can withstand high winds and storms, ensuring occupant wellbeing without sacrificing high-end designs. It will also examine how steel can support heavier loads with fewer materials, which can lead to more eco-friendly deck builds. Additionally, the course will overview how steel’s resistance to rot, weather and insect damage without the use of harsh chemicals makes it suitable for a variety of residential, retail, mixed-use, multifamily, rooftop and corporate uses.


Photo courtesy of Fortress Building Products


 Todd Smith, CSI, CDT, LEED Green Associate, is the Senior Specifications Manager, Fortress Building Products. With valuable professional experience and years of building material sales and representation, Todd relates with designers, contractors, and manufacturers. Smith understands their roles, needs, and goals in the construction process passionately and respectfully working hard to provide innovative and team-oriented solutions to better the outdoor built environment.


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Originally published in July 2022