This page contains information useful to those interested in the design or research of buildings.

Structure Types:

Building structures can be organized into many different catagories based on use and/or material. Typical use catagories are residential, commercial and industrial. Typical material catagories are reinforced concrete and structural steel.

Structure Components:

  1. General

    Building structure components include piles and footings for the foundation, columns and beams for the frames, and plates consisting of metal deck, concrete slabs or wood sheathing for the floors, roofs and walls. Welds, bolts, screws and nails are used to hold the components together.

  2. Related Products

    1. Cold-formed Steel
    2. Simpson Strong Ties
    3. Steel Deck Institute
    4. Steel Joist Institute
    5. The McGraw-Hill Construction Network for products

Reference Documents:

  1. International Building Code, International Code Council (ICC)
  2. California Building Code, Building Standards Commission (BSC)
  3. Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete and Masonry Buildings, Paulay & Priestley, John Wiley & Sons


  1. AEC Info
  2. Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC)
  3. International Code Council (ICC)