AbstractThe development of simple connection methods is necessary for increasing cold-formed steel (CFS) construction activities. A new splice connection concept for the CFS built-up column-to-column connections is presented in this paper. This simple connection concept will use the same size and shape of the geometry as the CFS built-up column, which will enable a quick erection process. The new splice connection configurations, arrangement, and installation methods for cold-formed steel construction are demonstrated. Twenty-eight experiments, which include four actual columns, two disconnected columns, and 22 columns with splice connections, are carried out. This paper examines the influence of various parameters of splice connections such as length, thickness, and number of fastener rows. The design strength of the actual column is determined using the direct strength method (with modified global and local slenderness approaches) and is compared with the results of the splice connected columns for adequacy. The force transfer mechanism and failure modes of splice connection components are demonstrated in the form of detailed sketches. The smaller length splice connections led to localized failures, while the longer splice connections enabled the uniform force distribution between the built-up column cross-sections. Finally, it is recommended that the splice connection configuration should be a minimum of 300 mm in length, the splice thickness should be equal to the CFS built-up cross-section, and two rows of fasteners for attaining the required design strength of the built-up column members.