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SA Embraces Light Weight Steel Frame Building

SA Embraces Light Weight Steel Frame Building

Promoted by ArcelorMittal South Africa, and included in SANS building codes, the use of light weight steel framing (LSF) in both domestic and commercial building in South Africa is finally gaining traction. While long popular in Australia, Europe and the U.S., it was only through education by SASFA (Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association) that it was recently accepted for use in construction of government-owned structures, and in 2013, its use in SA grew by 21%.

According to Silverline Group CEO, Charl van Zyl, “(LSFB) produces only 2% of waste during construction and reduces the carbon footprint by up to 80% during the life of the building.”

Frames are made from light-gauge galvanised-steel and the walls are clad in fibre cement board. The nature of the materials reduces construction transport, waste, lead time and labour, while enhancing insulation, thus reducing heating and cooling costs.

LSFB was used for the construction of the All Africa Games Athlete’s Village built in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011. It has also turned heads in Hout Bay, Cape Town where the Silverline Group built a 340 m² triple-storey house in approximately four months.

This year, World Design Capital Cape Town project The Eco-Brick Exchange #WDC614 are using LSFB to frame their eco-bricks made from rubbish-stuffed 2 litre soda bottles to build the new Penguins Preschool in Port Elizabeth.

Source: Tensile Cables

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