Futurecon — Light Steel Frame Construction

Why steel frame houses from Clotan Steel is the best choice for you

As a leading supplier of steel products, Clotan Steel distributes steel products across South Africa, and even Africa, including steel frame housing. Steel products manufactured by Clotan Steel includes:

• Roofing sheets
• Pre-engineered steel buildings / Light steel frames
• Lipped channel
• Pre-painted steel products
• Solar system installations

Contact Clotan Steel today to find out more about steel frame housing in South Africa as well as other steel products.

Steel frame houses is increasingly starting to replace conventional building methods and material, due to many reasons. By making use of this modern building method, you will be able to express your artistic building dreams, with precision building and high quality structures.

When making use of Clotan Steel’s products for your building project, you are guaranteed of a very cost effective and versatile building system that will fit your needs. Our high quality engineered products will be supplied according to your building requirements and needs for the best results.

•Steel is 100% recyclable, making is an environmentally friendly choice of building material.
•Steel possesses the highest strength-to-weight ratio, making it a strong and durable choice for your building project.

•As opposed to timber, steel is non-combustible, and will not aid in the spread of fire.
•Steel is very durable, and will not warp, crack or rot over time.
•Steel is resistant against moisture and will not expand or contract when in contact with moisture.

As a building or construction company, steel frame houses also pose many benefits for you. These benefits include:

•The material is very light weight, and very lighter than other framing material such as timber. This means that little or no lifting equipment will be necessary for construction.
•As material quality is consistent, there will be no need to reject or sort material.

•Using light steel frames for steel frame houses will give accurate building results – with straight walls and sharp, precise corners.
•There will be less wastage when opting for steel frame houses, as the material will be supplied according to your specifications.

Read more about why you should use light steel frames for your building project, and the advantages of steel frame houses in South Africa. Should you require any additional information about this building method, contact Clotan Steel for assistance today.

We will provide you with all the information you need to proceed with light steel frame construction. Clotan Steel’s light weight steel framing will meet your requirements and specifications for the most accurate building results. Talk to us today.

Get the best steel material for your steel frame houses and building projects from Clotan Steel. Our steel products are manufactured according to the highest standards and quality, ensuring the best products for your needs.

For more information about Clotan Steel’s light steel frames / steel frame houses, talk to a sales consultant today. We will assist with all your queries and offer you a very beneficial building system.

With us — life goes on. Steel Home Company can design and build houses that conform to the new SANS 10400 XA energy efficient building code.

Lightweight steel houses can be designed to function off-the-grid. With a combination of gas and solar electricity, as well as water recycling, the green building solutions we offer are energy efficient and guarantee better insulation, less wastage on site and a cost-effective alternative to traditional brick and mortar construction.

A light steel frame home is up to 40% better insulated than a conventional brick and mortar house, 25% warmer in winter and 15% cooler in summer. The wall to wall sound transfer is up to 40% better than a normal conventional wall, and it takes a third of the time to build with light steel at an average of 10% less than conventional costs. A lightweight steel house designed and built with energy efficient products, can also save over 70% of a household’s local electricity infrastructure use.

The Steel Home Company is a market leader in lightweight steel construction in South Africa. With numerous successful projects in our portfolio from super structures to turn-keys, we have evolved into a corporation that is driven by excellence and success. 

Steel Home Company offers clients specialised lightweight steel services and products. We do in-house designs and roll forming of LSF frames, trusses, wall panels, flooring systems and roofing solutions for a variety of building types, such as commercial buildings; industrial warehouses; group housing; pre-fab solutions; offices; schools and clinics.

Steel Home Company employs structural engineers, project managers, operation managers, site managers, and health and safety officers to ensure the successful execution of our projects. Over the past 8 years, we have provided light steel frame building solutions to construction giants such as Murray {amp}amp; Roberts; Group 5; Aveng Grinaker-LTA and WILSON Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO).

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Intersect Architects has developed a reputation for Bold , Unique and Original designs and it is always difficult to find a builder to rise to the challenge. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Futurecon, who have built a challenging modern lodge in a remote area of Botswana. The quality of workmanship, service and attention to detail is a rare quality and easy to recommend.

Melanie

Light steel frame construction techniques to create structurally
sound dwellings in South Africa is one of the most exciting developments
to hit our shores in recent times even though this method of building
has been used in the UK, US, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand
for decades.

It offers quality, cost efficiency and speed of erection for
low-rise residential and non-residential buildings.

The key to the success and rapid growth of light steel frame
construction worldwide lies in a seamless interface between computer-based
design and computer-controlled manufacturing. Sophisticated design
programs have been developed to carry out the structural design
of each element required for a building and to electronically convey
the dimensional specifications to the roll-forming facility.

There are several advantages of light steel frame construction
compared with conventional building in terms of quality, cost, durability
and speed.

Light steel-frame building consists of structural wall frames
and roofing systems manufactured from cold-formed galvanized or
ZincAlum structural steel sections ranging from .55 mm to 1.2 mm.

Various interior and exterior cladding options ensure that almost
any style of building can be achieved.

Futurecon - Light Steel Frame ConstructionElectrical and plumbing considerations are essentially encompassed
within the framework of the cladding.

Light steel frame building offers a wide range of benefits when
compared with conventional building or other framing materials,
in terms of quality, cost, durability and speed.

Reduced wastage, lower logistical costs and reduced time of construction
could offer cost savings of 15% or more, compared with conventional
building.

Steel framing has many advantages over conventional brick and
timber structures. A completed house using an internal steel frame,
typically clad with exposed face brick or painted plastered finishes,
is virtually indistinguishable from homes built using conventional
South African techniques.

It is also estimated that steel framing saves substantially on
building costs, mainly owing to reducing construction duration and
eliminating a large portion of inefficient site labour. The client
saves owing to reduced damage clean-up cost, holding charges and
ongoing mortgage costs.

Quality is another aspect that differentiates steel framing from
conventional building methods. Steel frames are produced only from
computer-aided design (Cad) software, which ensures that all elements
of the home conform to the designer’s plans and also allows
optimum design freedom.

Futurecon - Light Steel Frame Construction

Steel does not sag or rot over time and represents a significant
improvement in quality over existing timber roof-framing systems.
In addition, steel framing also has some environmental benefits.

Steel is a reusable resource and steel frames can be erected
in environmentally sensitive areas with minimal impact. It is interesting
to point out that lightweight steel-framing systems offer similar
environmental performance over the life of the product to that of
conventional double-brick construction techniques.

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Passionate about light steel frame construction

Just a decade ago light steel frame (LSF) building technology was a revolutionary new construction technique in South Africa. Within a few years it rapidly started gaining traction due to the efforts of a small number of pioneering companies in this technology.

Peter Wiehahn, CEO of LSF Supplies

Peter Wiehahn,
CEO of LSF Supplies

One such company is Light Steel Frame Supplies (Pty) Limited based in Alrode, Gauteng. Founded by Peter Wiehahn in 2014, LSF Supplies is built on the unique concept of being a one-stop-shop supply service to the lightweight steel framing industry. They offer and supply lightweight steel frame wall panels, flooring systems, internal and external cladding, thermal and acoustic insulation options, roof sheet manufacturing, aluminium windows and doors as well as conventional and curved trusses. They also offer a variety of fasteners to secure frames, cladding and roofs in the lightweight steel framing process. This niche company offers a full turnkey material supply solution to the LSF market.

“Our track record speaks for itself,” says Wiehahn, CEO of LSF Supplies. “As a company, our passion for light steel frame construction shines through, and our dedication to innovation, quality of design and workmanship and most importantly – customer satisfaction – is the key to our continued success.”

Wiehahn’s experience in LSF construction stretches over a decade which offers him the needed know-how to serve the LSF industry with products and expertise. In 2008 he founded Steel Home Company and constructed light steel frame buildings in all sectors across Africa – from residential to retail, commercial and industrial as well as infrastructure such as banks, schools and clinics.

With this knowledge Wiehahn soon realised that the LSF industry needed a specialised organisation to service numerous construction enquiries and multiple building service providers who needed products and guidance in this building technology.

In this Before and After example of a residential light steel frame building, the importance of attention to detail in the design phase is evident. Once the foundation is ready, final and accurate measurements are taken on site. Adjustments are made to the design and a manufacturing file is created for the steel roll former – this results in a perfect fit of the LSF structure to the foundation. It is important to note that the wall cladding overhangs the foundation by 10 mm, thus mitigating the ingress of rain water. A prerequisite of this project was the client's request that the plaster finish and colour were matched exactly to the existing home out of picture on the left.

In this Before and After example of a residential light steel frame
building, the importance of attention to detail in the design phase
is evident. Once the foundation is ready, final and accurate
measurements are taken on site. Adjustments are made to the design
and a manufacturing file is created for the steel roll former – this
results in a perfect fit of the LSF structure to the foundation.
It is important to note that the wall cladding overhangs the foundation
by 10 mm, thus mitigating the ingress of rain water.
A prerequisite of this project was the client’s request that the plaster
finish and colour were matched exactly to the existing home out of
picture on the left.

In this Before and After example of a residential light steel frame building, the importance of attention to detail in the design phase is evident. Once the foundation is ready, final and accurate measurements are taken on site. Adjustments are made to the design and a manufacturing file is created for the steel roll former – this results in a perfect fit of the LSF structure to the foundation. It is important to note that the wall cladding overhangs the foundation by 10 mm, thus mitigating the ingress of rain water. A prerequisite of this project was the client's request that the plaster finish and colour were matched exactly to the existing home out of picture on the left.

LSF Supplies now has five construction teams still under Steel Home Company, all trained in-house to high skill levels in light steel frame construction. Supported by three design engineers, LSF Supplies operates an impressive fully automated factory using the latest technology in lightweight steel frame roll forming and roof sheeting. The capability of this production facility is second to none. “At LSF Supplies we place a high priority on research and development,” continued Wiehahn. “For each project undertaken we spend significant time with the client in order to fully understand his or her specific needs. In the process we develop unique methodology to suit that project to ensure that it is completed in the most efficient manner to the highest quality in every aspect.”

“Built-in quality control processes are in place throughout every step of the design, production and construction phases. Our unique approach ensures fast and efficient construction with concurrent finishing, in such a way that teams don’t work over each other. We now have this technique perfected, providing the LSF industry with a distinct competitive advantage in terms of speed and quality of build, as well as cost effectiveness.”

“By spending time on the initial design, with appropriate checks and cross-checks throughout, we ensure that all is in place prior to project start – then the rest falls into place.

LSF Supplies has a dedicated roofing division specialising in the design and construction of light steel frame roofing and trusses. This technology offers architects and designers significant creative scope, in that curved roofing and unusual shapes can be achieved with relative ease.

LSF Supplies has a dedicated roofing division
specialising in the design and construction
of light steel frame roofing and trusses. This
technology offers architects and designers
significant creative scope, in that curved roofing
and unusual shapes can be achieved with
relative ease.

In addition to its own construction teams, LSF Supplies also works closely with a hand-picked group of specialist sub-contractors, aligned to the LSF Supplies work ethic.
Once construction has started on a project LSF Supplies conducts weekly site-meetings with clients as well as with sub-contractors.

This project was very demanding in that accuracy of logistics prior to construction played a critical role. Following design, all elements were pre-manufactured in South Africa prior to being transported by road to Kuito Bea in Angola. The site itself presented its own challenges being laid out on difficult terrain in an industrial area, with a significant mains sewage leakage nearby. Nonetheless, the LSF team completed this 600 m2 project in a mere 9 ½ weeks from time of arrival, with no construction hitches or delays.

This project was very demanding in that accuracy of logistics prior to
construction played a critical role. Following design, all elements were
pre-manufactured in South Africa prior to being transported by road to
Kuito Bea in Angola.
The site itself presented its own challenges being laid out on difficult
terrain in an industrial area, with a significant mains sewage leakage
nearby. Nonetheless, the LSF team completed this 600 m2 project in a
mere 9 ½ weeks from time of arrival, with no construction hitches
or delays.

Retail and Commercial
Retail Shop:Project Scope: Construction and finishing of the complete 600 m2 shop from foundation to roof was pre-packed for construction and assembled on site in Kuito Bea, Angola.

Completed in just 8 weeks, this structure demonstrates the efficiency and speed of construction for which light steel frame building is renowned.

Completed in just 8 weeks,
this structure demonstrates
the efficiency and speed of
construction for which light steel
frame building is renowned.

Infrastructure: Schools and Clinics
School hall: Project Scope: full turnkey, design and construction of a 400 m2 school hall in light steel frame, including foundation, flooring, roofing and finishing.

Industrial
Red Farms Market Project: Project scope: Design, manufacturing and installation of 4 000 m2 industrial porthole building.

Skeletal structure and 4 000 m2 roofing were done for this project. This structure lend itself to ground breaking innovative design using LSF engineering software and also realised significant savings compared to a conventional steel structure. Instead of a heavy-duty crane a lighter and much smaller crane was deployed to hoist the lightweight steel main beam structure at a far lower cost.

Skeletal structure and 4 000 m2 roofing were done for this project.
This structure lend itself to ground breaking innovative design using
LSF engineering software and also realised significant savings
compared to a conventional steel structure. Instead of a heavy-duty
crane, a lighter and much smaller crane was deployed to hoist the
lightweight steel main beam structure at a far lower cost.

LSF Supplies offers a complete turnkey construction solution in conjunction with Steel Home Company and is a one-stop-shop for contractors operating in light steel frame construction. In addition, they also offer a wide range of light steel frame kit-buildings with a selection of customised cladding finishes.

A light steel frame structure leans itself to energy efficient design, Green building and “off grid” living from the outset.

lsf-logoLSF Supplies (Pty) Limited
Tel: ( 27) 011 864 0052 / 3
sales@lsfsupplies.co.za and info@steelhomecompany.co.za
www.lsfsupplies.co.za and www.steelhomecompany.co.za

Lightweight Steel Gets Serious — Corporate

The new SA Army Foundation conference centre in Centurion has been described as one of the most complex lightweight steel frame constructions ever undertaken in this country. LAD joined lead designer and project manager of the conference centre project Werner van der Poll from BASE Architects {amp}amp; Associates on site to witness the final days of construction.

What was your brief on this project?

The client required a small conference facility housing 120 people as well as breakaway rooms that could convert into an open plan dining facility – the zoning on this site didn’t allow for anything bigger than this. There was also the option of creating accommodation for guests to spend the night. The existing on site building was the old Wierdabrug police station. I saw this as a great opportunity to utilise some of the old building’s classical features and incorporate them into a more modernised version. One of the aims was for this building to sit comfortably within its environment and yet stand out proudly.

Why was lightweight steel frame chosen as the building material?

We had previously built a McDonald’s building out of lightweight steel frame which raised the following question in our minds: Why are there not more commercial projects in South Africa created using lightweight steel? BASE Architects {amp}amp;Associates also prides itself on being at the forefront of working with new and innovative ideas and technologies brought to the South African and international markets.

The key factors that drove BASE to propose lightweight steel frame technology as an option for this client was that it was more cost effective. Also, the build time would be shorter which, I find, is always an attractive point to commercial clients especially.

Another important factor in lightweight steel frame structures is the building insulation properties versus brickwork. When done properly, this type of construction is superior when it comes to insulation, which in turn brings down heating and cooling costs dramatically. Plus it makes for a very ‘green’ building.

A lightweight steel frame also allows different disciplines to work concurrently. For example, it is not necessary to wait for a completed façade before finalizing accurate measurements for windows. Window apertures can be agreed up front with the glass and aluminium contractor, even before the lightweight steel frame walling is installed, since the system is extremely accurate. With lightweight steel frame one can work to a tolerance of 5mm.

The SA Army Foundation conference centre has been described as one of the most complex lightweight steel frame buildings ever undertaken in SA. What were the challenges and opportunities you faced during the process?

Since lightweight steel frame construction is still a relatively new way of building in South Africa, there are not a lot of references, especially when it comes to complex commercial projects. However, the challenges and surprises along the way are what make it interesting! For instance, the entrance of the conference at the gable end was connected to the rest of the structure by only a shop front as well as the in lay of the gable end – a tricky structure in any design. Using traditional construction methods, this may have been a detail that would have been cut out of the design to save costs, but with lightweight steel frame it became structurally more feasible – plus it was more budget-friendly. In addition, using different materials like sheeting and fibre cement boards on the conference centre building, which we wanted to keep on the same plane, meant we had to add extra structural skins to achieve a cleaner, more simplistic look.

There were many challenges on this job: One of these was the number of chamfered walls and angled windows; this ended up being more complex than if we had been working with bricks and mortar. The steel gets manufactured in panels that always have a thickness of 90mm. Placing the panels at an angle creates gaps in the structure that needed to be completed with other construction techniques – this was not as easy as we initially anticipated.

Did the lightweight steel frame material influence the architectural style?

The lightweight steel frame didn’t actually affect the design at all, in fact complemented the feasibility of the project. There wasn’t that much compromise on the style and design.

How does light weight steel frame construction method add to the sustainability of a project and a building?

Lightweight steel frame construction offers designers and building owners the opportunity to minimize energy wastage during building operations, as well as during the lifetime of the building.

Worldwide, the primary steel industry has recently vastly improved production processes to minimize energy consumption and pollution. Furthermore, a large percentage of all scrap generated is reused in electric arc furnaces to produce new steel, resulting in significant energy savings and a reduction in pollution.

The mass of a wall in a lightweight steel frame building is ten times lighter than that of a brick wall. Thus, significant energy savings are achieved merely in transporting the materials to the building site. In addition, material wastage on site is minimised, again reducing energy wastage by obviating the need to remove truckloads of building rubble after completing the building process.

In terms of this project, material wastage was reduced by 30%, transport costs were down by 80% and the carbon footprint of the building process was also significantly reduced.

Once the building is erected, the energy savings really take shape: The high density polystyrene spacers on the steel in the wall help with the equalizing of temperatures, giving the steel time to adapt to the fluctuation of temperature. Added to this is the glass-wool insulation in the wall cavities, plus 15mm fire resistant gypsum board on the inside – all this insulation provides a massive reduction in heat loss.

This building is a 1000% more insulated than its bricks and mortar equivalent would be, so the mechanical ventilation and energy usage in the building is significantly reduced.

There is only 2%material wastage on the building site, which means there has been a significant saving in energy.

Finally, angled windows help with maximising the use of natural light. Selecting the correct high performance glass for each area in the building has added to the reduction of energy consumption.

Would the person visiting this centre know that it is made of lightweight steel?

I wouldn’t think so. But when you are inside you know there is something different, as the building feels more livable: it’s cool inside on a hot day even with the air-conditioning off.

Will you be building with lightweight steel frames again?

I definitely feel this is how South Africans will be building in the future and we at BASE Architects {amp}amp; Associates are keen to embrace this and any advances in the building industry.

SOURCE:  Leading Architecture {amp}amp; Design

SASFA

Light steel frame building has been in use in Southern Africa since 2007, and has been proven to be a viable cost-effective alternative building technology, from small residential and other low rise structures to façade walls of large multi-storey office and commercial buildings. The speed of construction, accuracy, excellent thermal properties, logistical cost advantages and design flexibility are making LSFB the building method of choice for a growing number of building types.

Please explore the website to learn more about this exciting alternative building method!

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E-mail: info@sasfa.co.za

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