the number of projects designed in cold formed steel by training
architects and engineers.
Itís simple, the more comfortable an A/E is with cold-formed
steel, the more they will use it and the more they will encourage
owners to use it. As MASFA trains A/Eís, more projects
will be designed using cold-formed steel (which will increase
steel sales) and the better the design documents will be for
the contractors in the field.
MASFA makes it
easier for you to get projects through permit by training local code
Many local code officials are not familiar with the use of cold-formed
steel. As a result, they may require heavier designs than are
necessary. In some cases, they may not allow it at all.
This can be costly to the project. As MASFA trains these
officials, these barriers should be removed.
MASFA makes it
easier to find qualified skilled labor by training the labor
Currently, the industry is being hurt by the lack of skilled labor.
As MASFA creates and develops training programs for the labor force,
this will result in an increased skilled labor pool. As MASFA
helps to bring new skilled labor to the workforce, the price of
cold-formed steel construction will reduce and the products built will be of
research and development projects that help bring new materials,
tools, and methods to the marketplace.
affiliated with the national Steel Framing Alliance.
purpose of SFA is to work at the national level to expand the use of
cold-formed steel. They are, and already have, worked to develop
tools that are critical to bringing the cost of cold-formed steel
construction down. They have established
alliances with major manufacturers of steel framing components.
Membership in the Mid-Atlantic Steel Framing Alliance allows you to:
Participate where everything that happens nationally is put to the test and
adapted to our local market needs
Network with potential
customers and other suppliers with useful solutions you can
adapt to meet the needs of your business, on a national and
Test new tools and fastening
systems you can add to your product offering and increase your
Get significant discounts on
Natural Steel Frames Alliance resources from consumer marketing collateral to
estimating software and installation guides
And thatís just the tip of
the iceberg! Members in the Alliance can:
Learn about new fastening
systems designed to save time in the construction process.
Stocking these tools and fasteners for the residential and commercial market is
a simple way to offer the complete package in steel, as you do
Understand and provide steel
requirements in the IRC and IBC, based on Prescriptive Methods
(ANSI standards produced by the Committee on Framing Standards,
a group funded by the Steel Framing Alliance)
Determine stock lengths of
steel framing, and consider cutting services for longer spans.
Include connectors and accessories making the steel framing
package a simple alternative for your builders
Learn what makes other member
companies successful with steel framing