Domesticating Steel

by Timothy Waite, P.E., (M.ASCE), Pres.; TJ Waite & Associates, Aiea, Hawaii,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 1, Pg. 52-55

Document Type: Feature article


Residential contractors, nervous about fluctuations in lumber prices and quality, would welcome steel framing into the housing market if the necessary infrastructure were in place. Despite the benefits, residential steel framing has been slow to catch on, outside of Hawaii, because lack of standards and unfamiliarity with design details and construction methods add to the hours and project expense. Recent publication of design codes and construction methods is a promising step in gaining acceptance for steel framing.

Subject Headings: Construction methods | Steel | Steel construction | Steel frames | Residential construction | Infrastructure construction | Building codes | Contractors and subcontractors | Wood | North America | Hawaii | United States

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