About Our Program

About Our Program

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:

  • Code development
  • Standards development
  • Research and development
  • Technology transfer  

AISI's professional staff ensures that building codes and standards:

  • Reflect state-of-the-art industry practices
  • Are technically sound
  • Permit the proper and safe use of steel, and
  • Promote the recognition of concepts favorable to steel.

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

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:

  • To grow the markets for steel in the automotive, construction and container industries and for value-added long products, as well as in non-traditional steel markets such as energy.
  • To influence local, state and federal officials on the benefits of steel to ensure legislation that provides a level playing field.

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SMDI Construction Sustainability Council

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.

Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute

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:

  • Develop and evolve industry standards and design methods, and
  • Share this information with the marketplace via:
    • Free standards available to download at www.aisistandards.org
    • Webinars
    • Published Technical Notes
    • Speaking engagements
    • Online newsletter Framework
    • An annual Expo/Meeting to promote educational and networking opportunities, and
    • Direct assistance through Ask an Expert (1.800.79.STEEL; 1.800.797.8335).

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Steel Industry Code Forum

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.

Steel Coalition

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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