Hardy Frame Cold-Formed Steel Moment Frame Means Bigger Windows in Multifamily Buildings

January 13, 2019


The new hardy frame CFS picture frame: no other seismic system stacks up

Introducing our CFS [Cold-Formed Steel] Picture Frame - the ONLY pre-manufactured lateral frame system that can be effectively used in wind and earthquake resistance of multi-story, multifamily construction.

The standardized cold-formed steel shear wall systems can be stacked in multi-story wood frame buildings to distribute high overturning forces and prevent excessive crushing of wood supporting members.  

The unique design also incorporates a self-ratcheting take-up device to keep connections tight as wood members shrink with loss of moisture and compress from vertical forces.

Architectural freedom

The new, easily stackable Cold-Formed Steel Picture Frame makes larger windows possible in multi-story construction by distributing compression over more wall length and simultaneously providing lateral load resistance and uplift forces over multiple floors. Go five-stories high!

Narrow wall sections 

The only lateral frame perfect for applications in wood frame construction for narrow wall sections with large openings and conditions. Self-tightening Z4 Cinch Nut, a take-up device used in continuous tie-down systems, keeps connections tight in the event of wood shrinkage and deformation.

One complete system Resists lateral shear, provides continuous tie-down for accumulating overturning uplift and distributes compression forces.

Learn more at https://www.hardyframe.com/cold-formed-steel/


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