WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute (CFSEI), technical council of the Steel Framing Alliance (SFA), announced today the publication of a new Design Guide: Cold-Formed Steel Framed Wood Panel or Steel Sheet Sheathed Shear Wall Assemblies. CFSEI’s Shear Wall Design Guide helps engineers, specifiers, and architects develop a better understanding of the latest code requirements with respect to lateral design using cold-formed steel framing, and in particular how shear wall applications can be incorporated into designs meeting the new codes.
The Shear Wall Design Guide provides insight on the latest code provisions, guidance for shear wall and shear wall component design, and addresses design and detailing requirements for wind and seismic forces, including the special detailing required in high-seismic areas. It contains practical examples based on AISI S213-04 (AISI-Lateral): Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing – Lateral Design, referenced by Chapter 22 of the 2006 International Building Code (IBC) and AISI S213-07 referenced by Chapter 22 of the 2009 IBC.
Primary author of the Shear Wall Design Guide, Jeff Ellis, P.E. S.E., of Simpson Strong-Tie Co., Inc. in Brea, Calif. served as President of CFSEI from 2007-2008, and chaired the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Committee on Framing Standards (COFS) Lateral Design Subcommittee during that group’s development of AISI S213-07. “Light-frame shear walls are an most economical method for transferring loads imposed by wind and earthquakes, and they’ve been used successfully as lateral force resisting elements for years.” Ellis said. “The Shear Wall Design Guide is a valuable new resource for contemporary building designers, exploring both wood panel and steel sheet sheathed shear wall assemblies used to resist wind and seismic forces with design and detailing examples conforming to new code requirements.”
The Shear Wall Design Guide consists of four main sections:
The CFSEI Shear Wall Design Guide is available for purchase from the SFA/CFSEI online store by visiting www.cfsei.org or www.steelframing.org.