Metal building systems (or steel building systems in Canada) are professionally engineered structures that provide cost-effective and efficient low-rise buildings. All major metal building system manufacturers utilize CADD tools to custom design each building system and all building components depending on the customer's needs and specifications and on the local and national building codes. The basic elements of the metal building system include primary rigid frames, secondary members such as wall girts and roof purlins, cladding and bracing. These elements are engineered and designed to act as an integrated building system
The primary rigid frames are typically designed and constructed in accordance with standards developed by the American Institute of Steel Construction in the United States and the Canadian Sheet Steel Building Institute. In North America, the secondary framing is typically designed and constructed in accordance with standards developed by the American Iron and Steel Institute.
Metal building systems are used in almost every conceivable application. You will find them in industrial applications such as complex production facilities, warehouses and distribution centers. They are used in retail stores, shopping centers, motels, automobile dealerships, office complexes, airplane hangars and arenas. They are also used in schools, libraries, churches, medical facilities and government buildings.
Following is a listing of metal building systems resources and organizations that can provide additional information.
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.