Steel Framing: How Green?
A version of this article appears in the July/August 2001 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
July 01, 2001
Steel Framing: How Green? Q: Is the use of steel framing for residential construction turning into a trend that we must now take seriously? Isn't energy efficiency very tricky when using steel? When should an energyefficient custom builder like me decide to use steel framing? A: Steel framing is made of lightgauge, cold-formed steel. All its structural components-including exterior studs, tracks, columns, rafters,beams,purlins,and fasteners-are manufactured to exacting specifications designed to make steel frame construction a viable alternative to wood frame residential construction. This construction method is gaining popularity, as is shown by the fact that a growing number of homes use steel construction. In 1995, an estimated 55,000 homes were built with steel framing; by 1999, this figure had jumped to 87,000. Light-gauge steel shipments for residential construction increased 41% from 1998 to 1999. By 2003, the Steel Recycling Institute estimates that 25% of all new homes built in the United States will be totally or partially steel framed. This is a new construction method that cannot be ignored. In manufacturing, sheet steel made at steel mills is roll-formed into the proper shape for framing members. The resulting pieces are galvanized ...
To read complete online articles, you need to sign up for an Online Subscription.
Once an order has been placed there is an automatic $10 processing fee that will be deducted with any cancellation.
The Home Energy Online articles are for personal use only and may not be printed for distribution. For permission to reprint, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.