Technical Information

Released November 19, 2012

SFIA's Technical Guide for Cold-Formed Steel Framing Products:

The data in this guide is based upon the 2007 American Iron and Steel Institute’s S100-07 “North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members” and meets the requirements of the IBC 2012 Building Code, as well as the 2011 California Building Code.

Hardcopy available 


Know Your Equivalent Coatings

Most industry members are familiar with popular, standard coatings like galvanized and galvanealed, however, new "EQ” or equivalent coatings are hitting distribution yards and job sites. These new coatings are produced by a variety of manufacturers and vary in both appearance and performance. Read more....

Link To AWCI's Feature Article



FAQs About EQ Coatings

The mission of the Steel Framing Industry Association is to provide an environment where innovation can safely occur.  EQ (equivalent) coatings for corrosion protection may be one such innovation, and this brief Q&A will help answer some of the basic questions a designer, contractor, or code official may have.  



Webinar:  EQ Coatings - Codes, Standards, and Corrosion Protection

In recent years, EQ Coatings have been discussed and evaluated within the construction industry, but they are still not well-understood.  The AWCI and SFIA recently co-sponsored an educational session that covered:

  • How and where EQ coatings are addressed in the Codes and Standards,
  • The chemical/metallic composition of an EQ coating, and how they are applied, and
  • How EQ coatings perform when subjected to corrosion testing.

Download this presentation here.