DESIGN PROFESSIONALS

Engineers, Architects, Draftspersons, Specifiers, CAD Operators, and Others in the Design Field

Every day, your business gets more complex. Builders and contractors are a demanding bunch. Expansion of building uses mean more design systems you have to know. Increases in product offerings mean more design options you have to incorporate. You worry about managing the extent of your knowledge base with the needs of your marketplace. But you don’t show it.

Congratulations – you’re designing for one of the strongest homebuilding markets since the mid-1980s. No one understands design implications in the home or building better than you.

If you’re not already distinguishing yourself as a unique designer with a broad range of knowledge and expertise on many construction systems, what are you doing to get there? Are you ready for the future of construction before your clients are?

Take a look at the future –

Picture escalating insurance costs, constant changes in the building codes, demands for more design flexibility, an increasing need to streamline the construction process and cycle time, and diminishing lumber quality and supply. Add that to a continuing trend of great industry consolidation, where residential market share held by the top ten builders has doubled in the past five years to about 50%, and you’ve got it – the future of construction.

What technology will make the cut?

While significant issues face builders in today’s marketplace, burgeoning new technologies are now available that can help mitigate these risky trends affecting the growth and stability of the construction industry. But very few will make the cut. One is emerging quickly as a cost-efficient and environmentally sound solution: steel framing.

Cold-formed steel framing for walls, floors, roofs, and other applications is a solution being adopted in several growth markets. But steel framing is more than a solution for high quality, cost-effective construction. It’s the gateway to helping your customers streamline their business, provide for greater design flexibility, and reduce insurance premiums, among other things.

Are you ready for the home coming of steel?

Welcome to the biggest thing in construction technology today – steel framing. We are the Hawaii Steel Alliance, a key industry body that’s spearheading adoption of this new technology across the globe. Membership in the Alliance is your ‘VIP Card’ to this technology. But more importantly, it’s your chance to adapt what you learn from other members, whether it’s a new customer, supplier or participant in the construction community. The secret power of the Alliance is in its people – from designers and builders to manufacturers and everyone in between.

Members make the Alliance work. Joining the Alliance could mean the difference between your business thriving in turbulent times, or stagnation.

Members in the Alliance can:

  • Learn about designing in cold-formed steel framing, or simply where to go for quick information
  • Understand and provide steel requirements in the IRC and IBC, based on Prescriptive Methods (ANSI standards produced by the Committee on Framing Standards, a group funded by the Hawaii Steel Alliance)
  • Understand and use the properties of steel to offer more design options for the builder
  • Get critical steel details and other collateral for designing within codes and/or Prescriptive Methods

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Membership allows you to:

  • Participate on member committees and help steer the Alliance’s activities
  • Participate in the HSA activities
  • Network with potential customers and other architects and engineers, who can provide useful solutions that you can adopt to meet the needs of your business
  • Test new estimating software, details and fastening systems that you can incorporate into your plans, adding value in your offering
Differentiate your business with Alliance steel branding concepts – from ad slicks to printed collateral – that you can offer to your customer as part of the package

How does the Alliance work?

It works through and on behalf of its members. As the Pathway to the Future of Construction Technology, the Alliance is only as good as its members and the information it circulates every day. Member interaction and technology transfer occurs quickly through the internet, today’s tool for connecting people and knowledge. With a web centric focus, the Alliance reduces the need for administrative overhead, and increases the use of technical field representatives in active construction markets everywhere.

Get the recognition you deserve, while you improve the future viability of your homebuilding business. Learn about how to incorporate the technology of steel framing into your construction process, streamlining subs, increasing design flexibility, reducing insurance outlays, even differentiating your business in a time of high merger and acquisition activity. Join the Hawaii Steel Alliance.