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Technical Resources - Codes and Regulations

Building materials and their installation must adhere to codes and standards.  The same building codes that govern the design of buildings contain regulations for building materials.  Also building materials must meet specific requirements that are spelled out in product standards.  The installation of the building materials must follow certain guidelines.  The following is a compilation of building codes and standards that cover the design and installation of cold-formed steel framed systems:

BUILDING CODES

  • International Building Code
  • International Residential Code
  • International Energy Conservation Code
  • IgCC International Green Construction Code

STANDARDS

  • ASHRAE  Standard 90.1 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings
  • ASHRAE Standard 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings
  • ASHRAE 0 The Commissioning Process
  • NIBS Guideline 3 Building Enclosure Commissioning Process
  • ASTM E2813 Standard Practice for Building Enclosure Commissioning

DESIGN STANDARDS

  • AISI Design Specification for All Cold-Formed Steel
  • AISI Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing - Wall Stud Design
  • AISI Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing – Header Design
  • AISI Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing – Lateral Design
  • AISI Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing – Truss Design
  • AISI Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing – General Provisions
  • AISI S230 Standard for Cold-Formed Steel Framing - Prescriptive Method for One and Two Family Dwellings
  • ASTM C755 Standard Practice for Selection of Vapor Retarders for Thermal Insulation
  • BIA Tech Note 28B Brick Veneer/Steel Stud Walls

TEST STANDARDS

  • ASTM B117 Standard Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus
  • ASTM C177 Standard Test Method for Steady-State Heat Flux Measurement and Thermal Transmission Properties by Means of the guarded-Hot-Plate Apparatus
  • ASTM C236 Standard Test Method for Steady-State Thermal Performance of Building Assemblies by Means of a Guarded Hot Box
  • ASTM C518 Standard Test Method for Steady State Heat Flux Measurements and Thermal Transmission Properties by Means of the Heat Flow Meter Apparatus
  • ASTM C976 Standard Test Method for Thermal Performance of Building Assemblies by Means of a Calibrated Hot Box
  • ASTM C1060 Standard Practice for Thermographic Inspection of Insulation Installations in Envelope Cavities of Frame Buildings
  • ASTM C1629 Standard Classification for Abuse Resistant Non-Decorated Interior Gypsum Panel products and Fiber Reinforced Cement Panels
  • ASTM D1037 Standard Test Method for Evaluating Properties of Wood-base Fiber and Particle Panel Materials
  • ASTM E72 Standard Test Methods of Conducting Strength Tests of Panels for Building Construction
  • ASTM E84 Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
  • ASTM E96 Standard Test Methods for Water-Vapor Transmission of Materials
  • ASTM E119 Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials
  • ASTM E136 Standard Test Method for Behavior of Materials in a Vertical Tube Furnace at 750oC
  • ASTM E283 Standard Test Method for Rate of Air Leakage Through Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls and Doors
  • ASTM E330 Standard Test Method for Structural Performance of Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure
  • ASTM E331 Standard Test Method for Water Penetration of Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors by Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference
  • ASTM E413 Standard Classification for Rating Sound Isolation
  • ASTM E547 Water Penetration of Exterior Windows, And Doors by Cyclic Static Air Pressure Differential
  • ASTM E695 Standard Method for Measuring Relative Resistance of Wall, Floor, and Roof Construction to Impact Loading
  • ASTM E741 Standard Test Method for Determining Air Changes in a Zone by Means of a Tracer Gas Dilution
  • ASTM E779 Method for Determining Air Leakage Rates by Fan Pressurization Test
  • ASTM E783 Standard Method for Field Measurement of Air Leakage Through Installed Exterior Windows and Doors
  • ASTM E1186 Standard Practices for Air Leakage Site Detection in Building Envelopes and Air Barrier Systems
  • ASTM E1233 Standard Test Method for Structural Performance of Exterior Windows, Doors, Skylights, and Curtain Walls by Cyclic Air Pressure Differential
  • ASTM E1258 Standard Test Method for Airflow Calibration of Fan Pressurization Devices
  • ASTM E1424 Standard Test Method for Determining the Rate of Air Leakage Through Exterior Windows, Curtain Walls, and Doors Under Specified Pressure And Temperature Differences Across The Specimen
  • ASTM E1827 Standard Test Methods for Determining Airtightness of Buildings Using an Orifice Blower Door
  • ASTM E2178 Standard Test Method for Air Permeance of Building Materials
  • ASTM E2357 Standard Test Method for Determining Air Leakage of Air Barrier Assemblies
  • ASTM F372 Standard Test Method for Water Vapor Transmission Rate of Flexible Barrier Materials Using an Infrared Detection Technique
  • ASTM Special Technical Publication STP 544 Heat Transmission Measurements in Thermal Insulations
  • ASTM Manual Series MNL 18 Ed. Moisture Control in Buildings
  • NFPA 285 Standard Fire Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Propagation Characteristics of Exterior Non-load-bearing Wall Assemblies Containing Combustible Components

PRODUCT STANDARDS

  • ASTM A653 Standard Specification for Steel Sheet, Zinc-Coated (Galvanized) or Zinc-Iron Alloy-Coated (Galvannealed) by the Hot-Dip Process
  • ASTM A1003 Standard Specification for Steel Sheet, Carbon, Metallic- and Nonmetallic-Coated for Cold-Formed Framing Members
  • ASTM C475 Standard Specification for Joint Compound and Joint Tape for Finishing Gypsum Board
  • ASTM C557 Standard Specification for Adhesives for Fastening Gypsum Wallboard to Wood Framing
  • ASTM C578 Standard Specification for Rigid, Cellular Polystyrene Thermal Insulation
  • ASTM C645 11a Standard Specification for Nonstructural Steel Framing Members
  • ASTM C665 Standard Specification for Mineral Fiber Blanket Thermal Insulation for Light Frame Construction and Manufactured Housing
  • ASTM C 926 Standard Specification for Application of Portland Cement-Based Plasterers
  • ASTM C991 Standard Specification for Flexible Fibrous Glass Insulation for Metal Buildings
  • ASTM C1177 Standard Specification for Glass Mat Gypsum Substrate
  • ASTM C 1396 Standard Specification for Gypsum Board
  • ASTM D1970 Standard Specification for Self-Adhering Polymer Modified Bituminous Sheet Materials Used as Steep Roofing Underlayment for Ice Dam Protection
  • ASTM E1677 - 11 Standard Specification for Air Barrier (AB) Material or System for Low-Rise Framed Building Walls
  • ASTM E2556 Standard Specification for Vapor Permeable Flexible Sheet Water Resistive Barriers Intended for Mechanical Attachment
  • AC 148 Acceptance Criteria for Flexible Flashing Materials
  • AC 212 Acceptance Criteria for Water-Resistive Coatings Used as Water-Resistive Barriers over Sheathing

INSTALLATION AND APPLICATION

  • Airtight Drwall Approach - Building Science Corp.
  • ASTM C754 Specification for Installation of Steel Framing Members  to Receive Screw Attached Gypsum Panel Products
  • ASTM C840 Specification for Application and Finishing of Gypsum Board
  • ASTM C841 Specification for Installation of Interior Lathing and Furring
  • ASTM C842 Specification for Application of Interior Gypsum Plaster
  • ASTM C843 Specification for Application of Interior Gypsum Veneer Plaster
  • ASTM C844 Specification for Application of Gypsum Base to Receive Gypsum Veneer Plaster
  • ASTM C1007 Specification for Installation of Load-Bearing Steel Studs and Related Accessories
  • ASTM C1063 Standard Specification for Installation of Lathing and Furring to Receive Interior and Exterior Portland Cement-Based Plaster
  • ASTM C1193 Standard Guide for the Use of Sealants 
  • ASTM C1280 Specification for Application of Gypsum Sheathing
  • ASTM C1397 Standard Practice for Application of Class PB Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) and EIFS with Drainage
  • ASTM C1481 Standard Guide for for Use of Sealants with Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) 
  • ASTM C1535 Standard Practice for Application of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems Class EI
  • ASTM C2568 Standard Specification for PB Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems
  • AWS D1.1/D1.1M, Structural Welding Code – Steel
  • AWS D1.3/D1.3M, Structural Welding Code - Sheet Steel