CHICAGO An industry
program to independently certify that cold-formed steel
connectors meet manufacturing quality standards has been
approved by the Steel Framing Industry Association (SFIA).
Companies that participate in
the Manufacturing Compliance Certification Program will agree
to comply with requirements that govern the measures taken to
prevent corrosion, the materials used and other aspects of the
production process, according to a release Thursday from the
Falls Church, Va.-based group.
Connectors tend to be galvanized
steel straps, ties or angles used to hold structural elements
of a building together, SFIA said. They play a crucial role in
the design of modern buildings and help ensure that buildings
can stand up to high winds and earthquakes.
Selection is now under way for a
third-party administrator who will audit manufacturing
facilities twice a year to ensure standards are being met,
according to the release. Audits are expected to begin in July
Connector producers can now apply for the program. The SFIA
has made participation in the program a membership