Don't Let an Outdated Cold-Formed Steel Specification Kill a Good Project

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Sponsored by Telling Industries
Presented by Larry Williams

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the important role that construction specifications can play in the successful outcome of a project and how to evaluate whether their specifications are current, specifically those covering cold-formed steel.
  2. Review the evolution that has recently occurred in the building codes and standards, specifically those that affect cold-formed steel framing.
  3. Explain how recent developments in product quality assurance and verification has affected product specification.
  4. Discuss the alternative methods for bringing architectural specifications into line with the current codes and standards.


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Outdated construction specifications are a widespread problem, often caused by benign neglect. It’s not unusual to encounter specifications that haven’t been touched in 5 to 10 years—or longer.

In the meantime, codes and standards continue to evolve, and this is especially true for cold-formed steel framing. Recent changes include a shift of reference standards in the IBC from ASTM to AISI standards.

Incorrect specifications can lead to massive cost overruns, change orders, schedule delays and even legal exposure. On the other hand, when done correctly, specifications can reduce risks to project success.

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Photo courtesy of the Steel Framing Industry Association


Larry Williams 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 1,200 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. SFIA members manufacture 80 percent of the steel framing materials and supply/distribute 90 percent of the steel framing and related materials in the U.S. Williams has more than 35 years of experience in management, marketing and strategic communications, including 25 years in the steel and construction markets.


Telling> Telling Industries is an American-owned and operated full line manufacturer of innovative, premium metal framing products and accessories. Telling has a full complement of capabilities at each of its three manufacturing facilities, enabling Telling to offer a complete line of products at all locations..
Originally published in July 2020