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Light Steel Frame Construction

The introduction of light steel frame building in South Africa is one of the most exciting developments in recent times – in both the steel and construction industries. Perfected over the last half century, steel frame construction has become the preferred way of building in many countries, including the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia and New Zealand. However, it was only fairly recently introduced to our shores – now growing at an astounding rate of 25% annually in South Africa.

Compared to traditional building methods, light steel frame construction offers the opportunity to erect structures (from residential and commercial, to industrial and institutional) of a higher quality and with less wastage – quicker, more cost-effective and to exact building specifications. The material is fully customisable to the client’s requirements and the architectural style. Buildings are finished in such an aesthetically pleasing way that (for example in the case of residential homes) the steel structures are not visible.

Steel is 100% recyclable and currently the most recycled product in the world. This green, environmentally friendly building alternative reduces our carbon footprint by up to 80% and allows us to apply future-orientated construction practices.
 
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    Light steel frame buildings consist of structural wall frames and roof trusses, manufactured from cold-formed light-gauge galvanised steel sections.

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    Electricity, plumbing and insulation material are installed in the wall cavity – making the addition of these services easier, faster and more cost-effective.

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    Exterior finishing is done to the client’s specifications – from plaster or wood panelling, to sandstone or marble tiling. The cladded walls can also be filled with a concrete mix (our “solid wall” service).

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    Overall construction is completed in half the time and at lower cost. Light steel frame buildings are also stronger, safer and require less maintenance.

The worldwide primary steel industry has recently vastly improved production processes to minimise energy consumption and pollution. A large percentage of all scrap from steel generated is re-used to produce new steel.
 
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    More than 95% of water used in the steel making process is recycled and returned – often cleaner than when it was taken from the source.

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    Every piece of steel used in construction contains recycled content. All steel can be recovered and recycled again and again into new, high quality products.

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    More steel is recycled than aluminium, glass and paper combined.

Using recycled steel for construction takes pressure off renewable resources. Framing a typical 186m² house out of steel requires the equivalent of about six scrapped, recycled  automobiles. The same house framed in wood requires lumber from 40 – 50 trees.

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