For more than 80 years, the steel industry has maintained a construction codes and standards program through the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) to address the regulations and laws governing the entire construction market. The primary areas of focus include:
AISI's professional staff ensures that building codes and standards:
AISI is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited developer of American National Standards. The standards development is overseen by the AISI Standards Council and is divided into the Committee on Specifications and the Committee on Framing Standards. AISI maintains AISI S100, North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members and D100, the Cold-Formed Steel Design Manual. AISI also developed and maintains a suite of cold-formed steel framing standards, test standards and design aids.
Along with its steel industry partners, AISI conducts research and initiates technology transfer activities to address a wide range of issues and evolving technologies focused on steel solutions for sustainable practices.
In addition to its construction codes and standards program, AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 20 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. AISI's member companies represent over three-quarters of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.
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Cold-formed steel and the history of the AISI Specification:
The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI) is a business unit of AISI. Founded in August 2008, SMDI was previously known as AISI’s Market Development program. The objectives of SMDI are:
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SMDI's Construction Sustainability Council is made up of partnering steel organizations that focus on developing and delivering sustainable steel-based solutions to challenges faced in the building construction marketplace. Its members include forward-thinking SMDI member companies as well as steel construction product association partners.
Founded initially as the Light-Gauge Steel Engineers Association, the Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI) is made up of hundreds of structural engineers and other design professionals who are finding a better way to produce safe and efficient designs for commercial and residential structures with cold-formed steel.
CFSEI members work together to:
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The Steel Industry Code Forum is a group of key steel construction partner associations that meet twice each year to provide a forum for collaboration on codes, standards and other technical issues and to improve communication among its members.
Relationships developed and strengthened through the Steel Industry Code Forum allow the associations to work effectively towards common objectives at code hearings and other venues. The recent emphasis for the group has been on identifying key issues and drivers, defining competitive forces, developing industry strategies and monitoring industry progress.
The members of the Steel Industry Code Forum are listed below under Steel Construction Organizations.
The Steel Coalition was created in 1997 by several organizations to study how walking and working on steel decking and roofing could be made safer during construction. The objective was to present related recommendations to the Steel Erection Negotiated Rulemaking Advisory Committee (SENRAC) and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) by 2004.
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2/23/2017 - The SDI standards are included by reference in the 2018 International Building Code and are available for free download at www.sdi.org.
2/21/2017 - Tech Note F103-17 examines the structural elements of a curtain wall system and introduces the subjects of design load and framing analysis.
2/15/2017 - Cold-formed steel projects will be considered for Design Excellence and Innovative Detail (new category), and individuals will be considered for Distinguished Service.