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MiTek Announces the Hardy Frame® CFS Moment Frame™, the Industry's First Cold-Formed Steel Moment Frame

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Replacing Structural Steel Alternatives, Hardy Frame CFS Moment Frame
is a Stackable, Cold-Form-Steel System for Lateral Force Resistance

MiTek USA's Hardy Frame® brand now offers the CFS
Moment Frame
, the industry's first cold-formed steel (CFS) moment
frame.

Built upon the success of Hardy Frame's HFX Panel, the new CFS
Moment Frame
is the industry's first cold-formed steel prefabricated
moment frame.

The CFS
Moment Frame
offers very high lateral load resistance in narrow-wall
or pier lengths, ideal for providing design freedom to create large
architectural openings for moveable glass walls and windows. The
"picture frame" iteration of this product – distinguished by beams at
the top and bottom with moment connections at all four corners – is
called the Hardy Frame® CFS Picture Frame™, and it is extremely
effective in multi-story design and construction.

In either configuration, the allowable lateral shear value of CFS
Moment Frames
are approximately equal to four or five HFX Panels of
similar widths. The CFS Moment Frame can also be installed "back to
back" to double the capacity.

The lower beam in the CFS Picture Frame™ bears on wood floor systems and
distributes overturning compression forces to limit crushing and reduce
deflection, all in a wall dimension that is narrower and more-effective
than multiple wood posts. In addition to lateral shear resistance and
distribution of compression forces to wood members below, when combined
with the Hardy Frame Z4 continuous tie-down, the system will also
transfer overturning and uplift tension forces that result from wind and
seismic loading to the foundation.

The new CFS Moment Frame's complement the other Hardy Frame Shear Wall
Systems to provide a full spectrum of solutions.

"CFS Moment Frame fills a need for designs that require narrow wall
dimensions along with the benefits of a bolted moment connection of
cold-form-steel components," said Jesse Karns, Director of Engineering,
Lateral Load Systems for MiTek. "This is something no other
prefabricated lateral system can provide."

About MiTek

MiTek is a diversified global supplier of software, engineered products,
services, and equipment to the residential, commercial, and industrial,
construction sectors. MiTek Industries' passion for its associates'
well-being and its customers' success is the company's hallmark. A
Berkshire Hathaway company (NYSE: BRK-A,
NYSE: BRK-B)
since 2001, MiTek has operations in more than 40 countries on six
continents. Learn more: www.MiTek-us.com
and www.MII.com.

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