Dietrich Metal Framing recently obtained three key code endorsements for its UltraSTEEL framing product. UltraSTEEL is an internationally patented process that alters the characteristics of the base strip steel, providing higher strength capacity from lighter gauge material. The cold-roll forming process effectively work-hardens the steel with two mating rolls, and the effective thickness of the metal is increased to that of the original thickness, plus the depth of the ribbing.
• UltraSTEEL received approval from the International Code Conference Evaluation Services (ICC-ES) in Report ESR-1977, certifying that it is a compliant building product and is approved for construction use even when not specifically named in existing codes. ICC-ES reports are accepted by almost every code jurisdiction in the United States.
• American Society for Testing and Materials International adjusted the language in standard C645, the “Standard Specification for Nonstructural Steel Framing Members.” The new language now verifies that UltraSTEEL complies with the specification and is not required to meet the 0.0179” minimum thickness that all generic studs must meet.
• UltraSTEEL received approval from Architectural Testing, Inc. in Code Compliance Research Report CCRR 0109, certifying that it is a compliant building product and is approved for construction use even when not specifically named in existing codes.
“Obtaining these endorsements is a key step in completing the successful rollout of UltraSTEEL ,” said John P. McConnell, chairman and CEO of Worthington Industries, Dietrich’s parent company. “These approvals, combined with positive feedback from builders and architects who have already used the product, position UltraSTEEL for immediate and long-term success.”