Non-Structural Metal Framing

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Utilize this section to specify interior non-structural metal framing for non-load-bearing wall and ceiling framing.

Load-bearing metal stud and joist framing are specified in SimpleSpecs™ Master Guide Specification Section 05 40 00 – Cold-Formed Metal Framing.

Non-structural metal framing is used in interior wall and ceiling assemblies where structural loads do not apply. This framing does resist some loads including the weight of the wall or ceiling assembly and loads applied by occupants. They are not intended to withstand wind loading.

Partition framing consists of steel top and bottom channels with C-shaped steel studs spanning between them.

Studs have punched webs to allow for the placement of piping and wiring.

Ceiling framing is available in two forms:

  • C-shaped steel runner and furring channels in a grid pattern, suspended from the overhead structure by wires.
  • T-shaped steel members with interlocking ends, similar to those used in acoustical ceiling grids, placed in a grid pattern and suspended from the overhead structure by wires.

Shaft wall assemblies allow for gypsum board partitions for elevator, stair, and air shafts to be constructed without the need to erect scaffolding in the shaft.

While not exposed to weather, interior framing is typically lightly galvanized or otherwise corrosion-resistant coated to prevent rusting during shipment and storage and after installation until the building is weathertight.

Learn more about steel framing on Wikipedia.

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