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Course Description: AEC Daily: An Introduction to Steel Deck Framing
Outdoor decks are commonly desired by homeowners and commercial property owners for both new and existing properties. Wood has long been the structural choice for outdoor deck materials. However, wood has disadvantages that can be mitigated with steel deck framing structural construction. In this course, we will discover that light-gauge steel (LGS) is lighter in weight than structural wood, is less susceptible to deterioration due to the elements and pests, requires less maintenance over time, is a sustainable material, and offers unparalleled safety features for dead loads, live loads, and environmental loads such as snow, earthquakes, and wind. Steel deck framing is quick to erect and provides for longer spans than wood of similar cross-sectional size. Structural materials can be easily lifted, and waste is reduced.
Discuss steel deck framing as an economical, sustainable, and safe deck construction solution.
Compare design flexibility, safety, and sustainability of wood to steel deck construction.
Identify steps for planning a deck structural system using span and load charts and other code requirements.
Determine stair design and construction with steel framing.
Identify construction steps for a safe and durable deck.