AISI Code of Standard Practice for Cold-Formed Steel Structural Framing is Open for ANSI Public Review

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 25, 2011 – A new standard from the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)—AISI S202, Code of Standard Practice for Cold-Formed Steel Structural Framing—is currently open for public review during May 13, 2011 through June 27, 2011. Review comments should be forwarded to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Board of Standards Review. An electronic copy of the standard is available from AISI by sending an email to Helen Chen, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP - BD+C, Manager, Construction Standards Development at

AISI S202 is intended to serve as a state-of-the-art guide and a voluntary model for establishing contractual relationships between various parties in a construction project where cold-formed steel structural materials, components, or assemblies are used. It is not intended to take precedence over the contract, construction documents or the use of good judgment for specific construction projects and conditions.

The Code of Standard Practice is not applicable to non-structural members, including but not limited to interior drywall framing, which is addressed by ASTM C645 and C754. It is also not applicable to structural steel, structural steel joists, steel deck, metal building systems or rack structures, which are addressed by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the Steel Joist Institute (SJI), the Steel Deck Institute (SDI), the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), and the Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI), respectively.

AISI’s codes and standards work is conducted under the Construction Market Council of the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of AISI, which oversees the industry’s investment in advancing the competitive use of steel by meeting the demands of the marketplace. For more information on SMDI’s Construction Market program, visit

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 25 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 118 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. AISI's member companies represent more than 80 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at

Debbie Bennett
Manager, SMDI and Construction Communications
Steel Market Development Institute
Tel: 202.452.7179