Steel stud trade groups spar over standards

Oct 11, 2013 | 11:47 AM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Certified Steel Stud Association, Steel Framing Industry Alliance, metallic coated steel, industry standards, Chip Gardner, Larry Williams, salt spray testing, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Steel stud coating standards are at the center of a dispute between industry trade groups.

The Certified Steel Stud Association (CSSA) is warning architects, building contractors and engineers that coated steel studs marked "G40e" or "G40EQ" aren’t proper substitutes for G40, which is hot-dip galvanized coating that has met standards by ASTM International and the American Iron and Steel Institute.

The benchmark set for the performance of G40e and G40EQ coatings is well below the performance that has been demonstrated for off-the-shelf G40 at 200 hours of salt spray tests, according to CSSA chairman Chip Gardner, who is also president and chief executive officer of Marino\Ware, South Plainfield, N.J.....

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