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Floor joist assembly consists of cold-formed steel (CFS) joists, a metal deck with concrete topping or sheathing attached to the top joist flange, and discrete or continuous bracing attached to the joist bottom flange.
Buildings with sufficient lateral stiffness will suffer less non-structural damage, which means less cracking in walls and finishes, less water infiltration, and increased durability.
Since the release of the 2010 version of ASCE/SEI 7 standard “Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures”, designers and contractors must make sure they specify the right values of wind speed and wind pressure corresponding to the project’s specified building code and selected design method.
UFC 4-010-01 provides “conventional construction standoff distances” that when achieved would permit building components to be built with minimum additional construction cost for blast protection.