Light gauge steel framing technology sets new benchmarks in South Africa as demand for greener, more sustainable buildings gathers momentum.
“South Africa is now seriously looking at alternatives to inefficient traditional building practices and materials, and steel framing technology is perfectly placed to deliver the gains everyone is looking for,” says Riaan Petzer, Marketing Manager of Razorbill. “Consumers are becoming more environmentally aware, the government is actively pursuing a green building programme and designers, builders and building owners are now having to adapt and change.”
Razorbill is proactively educating the market about the benefits of light gauge steel building. “Our aim behind green housing is to provide the customer with a one-stop solution rather than the customer having to shop around for all the different items such as cladding, insulation, finishing products, solar systems and the like.”
Razorbill’s current production facility uses the advanced FRAMECAD manufacturing solutions i and a FRAMECAD batten machine. “A real advantage we’ve noticed with FRAMECAD’s is that the product that comes off the machine is much faster and easier to assemble compared with the old machines. The ease of assembly really makes a difference as the work sites where the steel is assembled differ from building site to building site and sometimes the assembly is done directly on the ground.”
As well as compelling environmental factors, light gauge steel has numerous additional benefits, says Riaan. “When you look at the lightweight factors, the foundations and various aspects of the project as a whole, there are definitely significant benefits that you can see. Benefits are different on every project and depend on the nature of the project. But we always see a significant advantages compared with traditional building techniques and materials.”
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