Design Guide: Cold-Formed Steel Framed Wood Panel or Steel Sheet Sheathed Shear Wall Assemblies

Design Guide: Cold-Formed Steel Framed Wood Panel or Steel Sheet Sheathed Shear Wall Assemblies

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This Design Guide facilitates the understanding of wood and steel sheathed shear wall assemblies designed based on the latest codes and standards. CFSEI's new Shear Wall Design Guide provides a discussion of wood and steel sheathed, cold-formed steel framed shear wall assemblies used to resist wind and seismic forces as well as to provide design and detailing examples based upon the 2006 International Building Code (IBC).

The guide contains information about design of lateral resisting elements for walls in buildings framed with cold-formed steel framing (CFSF). Lateral resisting elements are required in all buildings, but in light-frame construction, shear walls tend to be the most economical method for transferring loads imposed by wind and earthquakes. The Shear Wall Design Guide addresses all levels of wind and seismic resistance, including the special detailing required in high-seismic areas.

The Design Guide provides basic information and background on the design of shear walls and use of referenced standards in Section 1, but the bulk of the document is in sections 2 through 4, which contain a series of examples on designing shear wall assemblies and force-transfer elements in a two story office building. These include some building specific detailing issues such as connections through a wood panel horizontal diaphragm, collector and collector connection design, design of chord studs and hold-downs, and calculating shear wall deflection. Wherever code references or exceptions are used, the particular location in the code is cited, including equation numbers, figure and table references, and even footnotes to tables that can have an effect on design loads and requirements.

COLD-FORMED STEEL FRAMED WOOD OR STEEL SHEATHED SHEAR WALL ASSEMBLIES, the new Design Guide from SFA, is a must-have technical resource every practicing engineer should add to their personal library for frequent use and reference.