Where Could You Save With Cold-Formed Steel Framing?  

Cold-formed steel framing systems (CFS) offer many cost advantages. But exactly how much could you save by using CFS framing? See if you can guess the savings in three real-life scenarios.

$5,000

Incorrect. In this project, avoiding fire sprinklers with CFS trusses saved $40,000. 
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$10,000

Incorrect. In this project, avoiding fire sprinklers with CFS trusses saved $40,000. 
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$20,000

Incorrect. In this project, avoiding fire sprinklers with CFS trusses saved $40,000. 
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$40,000

Correct. In this project, avoiding fire sprinklers with CFS trusses saved $40,000. 
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$540,000

Incorrect: In this project, the same coverage with cold-formed steel framing cost $360,000, resulting in savings of $1.3 million.
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$970,000

Incorrect: In this project, the same coverage with cold-formed steel framing cost $360,000, resulting in savings of $1.3 million.
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$1.3M

Correct: In this project, the same coverage with cold-formed steel framing cost $360,000, resulting in savings of $1.3 million.
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$2.2M

Incorrect: In this project, the same coverage with cold-formed steel framing cost $360,000, resulting in savings of $1.3 million.
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$10,000

Incorrect: Because he could begin collecting rent payments earlier than expected, the developer in this project earned an additional $100,000.
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$50,000

Incorrect: Because he could begin collecting rent payments earlier than expected, the developer in this project earned an additional $100,000.
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$80,000

Incorrect: Because he could begin collecting rent payments earlier than expected, the developer in this project earned an additional $100,000.
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$100,000

Correct: Because he could begin collecting rent payments earlier than expected, the developer in this project earned an additional $100,000.
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Insurance costs

The builder of a four-story, 190-unit condominium was able to save $300,000 in general liability insurance premiums and $100,000 in builders risk insurance by using CFS instead of concrete.
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Labor costs

In the construction of a hospital, the use of panelized CFS framing reduced the number of carpentry man-hours by 30 to 40 percent.
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Timeline/costs of delays

When constructing a credit union’s new headquarters, the use of CFS allowed the project to be completed five to six weeks early, saving nearly 40 percent on labor.
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Material costs

In one office renovation, using CFS for the exterior walls instead of masonry wall construction saved $2.50 per square foot. 
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Concrete

Steel framing’s strength-to-weight ratio significantly exceeds that of concrete. Strong and relatively lightweight, CFS systems reduce a building’s total load which, in turn, allows the owner to reduce costs beginning at the foundation.
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Wood

Since wood-framed buildings are highly susceptible to fire during the construction phase, many Canadian jurisdictions now mandate security measures including sprinklers, standpipes, after-hours lighting, and security guards — adding many unexpected costs.
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Cold-formed steel framing

CFS framing has a proven track record of providing cost-effective benefits for mid-rise buildings. Steel is resilient, adaptable and durable, which reduces life cycle costs.
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Learn more about these projects and ways to use cold-formed steel framing to lower construction costs by downloading our eBook, “Building Within Budget: Ideas for Shaving Months and Dollars Off Your Next Construction Project.”