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Light Steel Frame Building & Roofing

ABT used to build new house

18th June 2021 It is refreshing to encounter a home owner that is confident enough to specify alternative building technology (ABT) for building their new house. Home owner Donald Keys appointed light steel frame construction company Futurecon as the turnkey contractor to build his 647 m² double-storey house,... 

Innovative roofing solution sales increase

18th June 2021 Innovation, patience and determination over many years at steel manufacturer Macsteel Roofing has paid off. In March, Macsteel’s industry-leading roofing products and solutions had a substantial increase in sales, confirming Macsteel as the new leader in the South African industrial roofing... 

LSF used to extend existing 3-storey building

18th June 2021 Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard explains that an existing three-storey building in Woodstock, in Cape Town, has been re-engineered into a five-storey structure, using heavy structural steel and precast concrete floors. It was decided that... 

LEVEL UP There are thousands of buildings where LSF can be used to add a top floor, or two, to create office or residential space
LEVEL UP There are thousands of buildings where LSF can be used to add a top floor, or two, to create office or residential space

Steel shortage delays building projects

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     18th June 2021 The shortage of steel and an increase in the steel price have led to delays in projects for the light-steel-frame building and roofing sector, says construction materials supplier Izinga Roofing director and owner Jerred Micholson.   

EVERY LAST DETAIL 
A truss has certain details, such as the edge distance, design and specifications, which engineers use to guide them when assembling trusses
EVERY LAST DETAIL A truss has certain details, such as the edge distance, design and specifications, which engineers use to guide them when assembling trusses

More profiles can benefit local market

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 The current SANS 517 for light-steel-frame building, which is still in development, focuses only on the application of the C-channel profile, but consulting engineering firm ES Consulting Engineers and Associates structural, fire and energy consulting engineer Wessel Esterhuizen believes that it... 

NO LIGHT MATTER
Light steel frame building can have more engineering challenges than meets the eye, especially when larger, more complicated projects are considered
NO LIGHT MATTER Light steel frame building can have more engineering challenges than meets the eye, especially when larger, more complicated projects are considered

Emergency structures present opportunity for sector

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 Although the Covid-19 national lockdown proved “disastrous” for the light-steel-frame building sector – as it was for the rest of the construction sector – Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) director John Barnard believes that there are opportunities for the sector.... 

SWIFT AND STURDY
The speed with which light steel frame structures can be erected makes them eminently suitable for the building of emergency structures
SWIFT AND STURDY The speed with which light steel frame structures can be erected makes them eminently suitable for the building of emergency structures

Training course goes online

By: Darren Parker     19th June 2020 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) has had to adapt its five-day training course for building contractors, architects, engineers and quantity surveyors to an online presentation, owing to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions on gatherings. The online version of the... 

JOHN BARNARD
Light-steel-frame building could become more popular in South Africa if more local suppliers and builders were properly trained
JOHN BARNARD Light-steel-frame building could become more popular in South Africa if more local suppliers and builders were properly trained
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