Steel bolted moment frame house
Hi all – What do you think of this steel bolted moment frame construction method?
I’m thinking of how it might integrate with ThermaSteel REVPANEL walls.
The bolted moment frame is apparently structurally sound without any studs (!). It just has the corner columns, connected laterally by beams. The beams are connected by cross-beams – I guess they’re technically called joists, which support the roof and floor. The corner columns are the only vertical structures. (See the diagram at the above link.)
ThermaSteel walls are EPS foam sandwiched by steel studs. But in a brilliant move they turned the studs sideways so that there’s no thermal bridging – usually a problem for steel-framed homes. (More info at the above link.)
The ThermaSteel walls are structural, so they’d just sort of be extra structural support given the bolted moment frame. I need to hash all this out with an architect and/or structural engineer.
So what do you think? Do you have any misgivings about the moment frame? (Malcom?)
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