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.”
The main challenge of this construction was the complexity of the veranda roof design with overhangs, different roof heights and the main roof structure which did not line up with the veranda roof.
The system is cost-effective, so budgets go further. Our clients can create more housing for the same money. And you do it in a much faster time, so you cut labour costs. You also save on delivery costs, because you can flat-pack a lot more steel trusses onto a truck. You’re scoring all the way.
It was the most practical solution to an urgent problem to get some facilities up and running as quickly and simply as possible. I sent the plans the next day and they immediately went ahead and built quite a number of these units in a very short space of time
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