Everything you need to know about cold formed steel and the FRAMECAD System

Frequently asked questions

Can FRAMECAD build something for me? 

FRAMECAD are the manufacturers of the automated construction technology that provides accelerated cold formed steel construction. If you are looking a cold formed steel structure to be built we recommend contacting one of our FRAMECAD Connect partners, and they will be more than happy to help.

What is the best FRAMECAD machine for me? 

We understand everyone has different requirements, so we are proud to provide custom solutions suited to your exact needs. We recommend talking to a FRAMECAD expert to discuss your business objectives. Request more information.

Why cold formed steel construction? 

The future of construction lies in sustainable materials that are delivered using fast, modern methods. FRAMECAD cold formed steel (CFS) can result in faster build times, lower costs, versatile design solutions and a durable, practical solution to premium buildings. Download our Future of Construction eBook for more info.

Why choose FRAMECAD?

Advanced construction technologies like the FRAMECAD system hold many advantages over traditional construction techniques. The FRAMECAD design and build methodology is all about the rapid construction of quality buildings and delivers a faster return on investment. Learn more.

What is design-led construction?

The design-led process reduces costs including engineering and skilled labor, and increases productivity efficiencies giving an overall greater return on investment. Learn about it in our eBook Leading By Design.

What applications can FRAMECAD be used for?

Designed using specialist computer-aided CAD design and engineering software, the FRAMECAD system allows for cold formed steel to be implemented across a variety of construction applications. Visit our applications page to learn more.

 Is it cheaper to build cold formed steel vs timber or concrete?

Using the FRAMECAD design and engineering software and equipment there are significant speed advantages which often result in the delivery of the overall project being cheaper. These costs vary from region to region so talk to an expert to understand the advantages with FRAMECAD. Talk to us.

How do I avoid a hollow sound in the wall?

When cladding and lining CFS walls it is important to follow the supplier’s installation guidelines and the recommended fastener spacings. FRAMECAD also recommends the use of a suitable adhesive between the lining sheet and the steel stud. The adhesive is applied in a coin size daub between the fasteners. This has many benefits to the structure and helps prevent any noise created when tapping the lining sheet. On any wall where either a glass wool or Rockwool insulation is installed it is important that the whole cavity is filled, always specify a product that is the same thickness as the frame width. See assembly details here.

How can I ensure I'm using the correct steel?

FRAMECAD source and recommend high quality steel from trusted steel mills globally. All FRAMECAD steel products conform to internationally approved standards and specifications that ensure quality construction. Talk to a FRAMECAD expert to discuss your requirements.

How can I get trained on the FRAMECAD software?

FRAMECAD offers a comprehensive range of training to enable customers to become advanced users of the software suite. Additionally, FRAMECAD Knowledge Center is available to existing customers, which is a 24/7 self-help portal for all FRAMECAD information, including software. Find out more here

How many people are needed to operate a FRAMECAD production unit?

You only need one person to operate the equipment and 2-5 people to assemble the frames as they are being produced. 

What is the top speed of FRAMECAD manufacturing equipment?

FRAMECAD have the fastest CFS equipment with a top speed of 2,880m/hr or 9,450ft/hr. Note: actual framing speed will be slower than this as top speeds do not consider any tooling or punching actions. Wall frames with tooling functions operating are typically produced at 700m/hr or 2,300ft/hr.

How many buildings can I build, and what is the cost of steel per building?

Design requirements are different depending on building type and geographic location. Talk to one of our experts to find out the production speed and costs for your building.

Can you build multi-story buildings with cold formed steel?

Yes - buildings up to 10 stories can be built faster and more efficiently than using traditional structural steel or concrete. Visit our applications page to learn more.

What is the difference between cold formed steel & light gauge steel? 

Cold formed steel (CFS) and light gauge steel (LGS) are exactly the same thing. They are different terms to describe the construction solution. Learn about more about Cold Formed Steel Construction.

How durable is cold formed steel? 

Galvanized cold formed steel will not crack, shrink, splinter, creep, split, warp, swell or rot. Steel is impervious to termites and wood destroying insects.

How safe are steel buildings? 

Steel’s strength and non-combustible properties offer greater protection for your home and family. Choosing steel-framing can eliminate high wind, fire, and lightning damage to your home. Read what Fire Chief Steve Lohr has to say about cold formed steel buildings.

Is steel a recyclable material?

Steel framing is your environmentally-friendly residential framing choice. In comparison it takes 40-50 mature trees versus six recycled cars to frame a 200 square meter home. You can quickly appreciate the value of steel today and the impact on generations to come. Learn more about the sustainable qualities of CFS construction.

What is the environmental impact of using steel framing?

The overall recycling rate of the steel industry is 86%, the highest of any industry in the world. This offers an environmentally sound alternative for framing. Recycled framing is a valuable commodity that typically does not end up in a landfill. Learn more.

How is steel energy efficient?

Steel framed walls are unaffected by temperature or humidity changes, more of the heating and air-conditioning cost remain inside the house, saving money spent on utility bills. Learn more.

Does steel limit home design capabilities?

No. Because of steel’s strength you can design your home with larger open spaces. With a steel frame, the walls will remain straight and true and can be finished with any materials that are traditionally used. View the applications of cold formed steel or some of our Design options.

How well does steel framing protect against earthquakes?

Positive connections and the strength of steel provide great protection against earthquake and hurricanes. A lighter structure with stronger connections results in less damage from seismic force. Steel’s high ductility makes it the best construction material for earthquake-resistant design. Learn about CFS earthquake testing. 

Can mold grow on steel studs?

No. Mold requires three things to grow:

  1. The mold spores, which exist everywhere there is air
  2. Moisture
  3. Organic material, which provides the food for the mold.

Steel does not contain any organic material, and therefore cannot support mold growth. Learn more about why CFS is the future of Construction

Does galvanized steel provide better rust protection for a steel frame home rather than enamel coated steel?

Yes, galvanized steel provides better rust protection. The reason is that zinc, through its sacrificial galvanic action, can “heal” cuts, scratches and abrasions in the steel. With the rough handling that construction products receive, as well as the cutting, drilling, shearing and fastening of members, the coating gets cut and scraped away. The galvanized coating works better than the enamel at covering areas that are cut or scratched.

Will steel framing affect the indoor air quality of my home?

No. Steel framing is recommended by the Healthy House Institute for chemically sensitive and environmentally conscious homeowners who seek good indoor air quality. Steel frames do not need to be treated for termites and are free of resin adhesives and chemicals normally present in other construction materials. Learn about the Green credentials of CFS.

Will a steel framed home look different to other homes?

No. A steel frame home will look exactly like any other home. The same exterior finishes can be applied to a steel frame as those applied in standard construction. Learn about CFS applications.

Can a steel framed building be remodeled?

Yes. Since steel framing enables larger spans in the design of the home, fewer interior load bearing walls are needed, making renovation very easy while allowing more flexibility in design.

Will a steel frame building rust?

No. The use of zinc coating on the steel framing protects the steel from corrosion for the life of the structure. Learn why CFS is the Future of Construction.

Is a steel frame safe from lightning in storms?

Yes. A steel frame actually allows more protection for the occupants since it provides a direct path to the ground in the event of a lightning strike. This reduces the likelihood of explosions or secondary fire.

What can I use to clad the steel frame?

There are a range of products for cladding the exterior of the building. These included brick, weatherboard, and sheet products - all with excellent thermal properties. On the interior it's possible to use a range of products including gypsum boards. View a range of assemblies here.

What are the minimum system requirements to run FRAMECAD software? 

*FRAMECAD recommends running our software on systems running a minimum of Microsoft Windows 10. If you have any concerns please contact a FRAMECAD Representative


What building design codes does FRAMECAD software adhere to? 

 Design Codes available are United States, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, China, Euro, Russia, Brazil, and South Africa.


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