Last month, the 2016 edition of the North American Specification for the Design of Cold-formed Steel Structural Members was published. This specification was the result of work by both the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Committee on Specifications for the Design of Cold-formed Steel Structural Members and the CSA Group Technical Committee on Cold-formed Steel Members.
Canadian energy codes will never be less stringent than they are today. Therefore, it is important to have a firm understanding of the building options available to achieve and outperform regulations. Contrary to some conventional thinking, a ‘systems’ approach to construction can prove an ideal building approach even when high thermal performance is required.
Steel has long been praised for its strength, durability, and functionality. More recently, architects and engineers have recognized the material’s additional sustainability advantages, particularly its high recycled content and end-of-life recovery rate.
As more owners and design/construction professionals look toward constructing steel bridges that can last a century, it is imperative to evaluate the corrosion protection systems used to ensure these structures meet the long design life without significant deterioration, and without significant cost.
The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) has been busy in Alberta presenting at the Tri-Party Conference, announcing finalists for its design awards, and showcasing new videos by the province’s manufacturers.
In the eternal struggle between building cost and quality, studcast systems can be potent tools. The thin-panel system provides benefits of architectural precast concrete, but reduces weight by more than 50 per cent.