6 Steps That Need to Be Taken Before You Begin Your Steel Framed Project

If you have finally decided to design a steel framed building, congratulations! This is a fantastic choice and you will be very happy with your decision!

Here are 6 steps that need to be taken before you begin your steel framed project:

Check with your local building department

The first thing that you will need to do is have a discussion with your local building department. You will not want to assume that they know everything about building with steel though, so you may want to be prepared with a copy of the American Iron and Steel Institute’s cold-formed steel framing standards.

Know your specific local energy code

The newer energy codes require continuous insulation on every exterior cold-framed steel wall, however, the codes can vary from state to state and from one local jurisdiction to another. You will want to make sure that you know exactly what you need to do, so that you ensure that your project meets all local energy codes.

Identify design requirements for your project

You may need multiple designers to ensure the stability of your structure or you may need an engineer’s stamp of approval once the design is completed. Each area is different, and you will need to follow your local laws accordingly.

Review all cold-formed steel industry product designator systems

All of the cold-formed steel products are identified by a four-part designator and you will want to make sure that you know what each part stands for before you order anything. One mistake can mean weeks of being behind schedule or thousands of dollars over budget.

Consider wall panels

Cold-formed steel wall panels can save you quite a bit of money, which is why we always recommend using them in steel buildings.

Revisit your local building department

It is always helpful to stop into your local building department one more time as everything is wrapping up to verify that everything looks accurate and is within the local code requirements. It is better to find out that something is off now than when you are halfway through the construction phase and need to redo something that will put you two weeks behind schedule.

These six steps will keep you on schedule once you begin your steel project and you will find that you will be in your new building quicker than you ever imagined. These buildings go up faster than any other building, so be prepared to enjoy the benefits of your labor sooner than later.

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