Reduce braced wall length required in IRC designs.

Prefabricated steel shear wall panels that are compatible in wood framing.

HFX IRC COMPLIANT
SHEAR WALL PANELS

OFFERING ALTERNATIVE BRACED WALL SOLUTIONS WITH HFX PANELS THAT COMPLY WITH 2015 IRC CODE

MiTek-Hardy Frames manufactures the revolutionary Hardy Frame® Shear Wall System, and has been the leader in the pre-fabricated shear wall industry for over 18 years.

  • The Hardy Frame® system allows Building Design Professionals to economically and safely minimize wall space and maximize wall openings.
  • The Hardy Frame® 9” wide Panel is the most cost-effective, and narrowest prefabricated shear wall panel in the industry.
  • Enables narrower walls and allows for larger openings (and more effective use of available space.)
  • Their “C-Shape” is the most trade-friendly in the industry – the cavity shape allows you to easily insulate and recess fixtures.

 

Easy to Inspect. Easy to Install. Fewer Callbacks.

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WHY HFX IRC-COMPLIANT SHEAR WALL PANELS

The 9-inch wide Hardy Frame Panel is the narrowest in the industry

  • The least amount of Braced Wall Length required enables the widest openings.

The Panels C-Shape is unique to the pre-fabricated shear wall industry 

  • The C-shape is trade friendly for recessing electrical fixtures, installing wood backing and can be insulated.  No other prefabricated shear panel offers these advantages. 

Provides the highest allowable shear loads in the industry

  • The strength and stiffness of steel in a Panel that is compatible with wood framing.

Complies with 2015 IRC Code

  • Code Evaluation Report of compliance assures Building Departments acceptance.

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PRESCRIPTIVE DESIGN OF BRACED WALL PANELS

To structurally resist lateral wind and seismic loads in wood or steel framed buildings strategic wall lines must be braced. The International Residential Code (IRC) provides a system for bracing structures that does not require an engineered design. The system identifies Braced Wall Lines (BWLs), establishes minimum Braced Wall Panel (BWP) quantities, defines where they are to be located within those lines, and provides methods for constructing the BWPs.

As with engineered designs in the IBC Code, IRC Prescriptive Designs often result in sections of walls that are too narrow for Braced Wall Panel requirements to be met, the most common being at garage doors. For those conditions Hardy Frame® Panels are the solution.

In many cases our 9” wide Panel, the narrowest prefabricated shear wall in the industry is a very cost effective solution. Anchors for the Hardy Frame Panel in Prescriptive Design can be cast in during the concrete pour or post installed with CIA-Gel 7000-C epoxy. Hardy Frame® Panels provide the structural requirements in narrow wall lengths and their “C-Shape” is the most trade-friendly in the industry.

PERFECT FOR EVERY GARAGE IN AMERICA

Narrow wall sections have been limited to “garage portal” framing solutions, employing solutions that requires extensive, often problematic construction work. Hardy Frame HFX Prefabricated Narrow Shear Wall Panels offer an IRC compliant alternative.

HFX-IRC DESIGN GUIDE

The Guide’s prescriptive design flow chart, equivalent braced wall panel length tables, and concrete anchorage embed details, are providing the complete design tool that you need for applying Code-evaluated Hardy Frame Narrow Shear Wall Panels.

DOWNLOAD THE PDF GUIDE HERE

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