keyboard_arrow_upLight Steel Frame building shows its metal in roofing
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The Global Leadership Academy (GLA) School Hall in Jeffrey’s Bay was a joint-winner of the LSFB (Light Steel Frame Building) category at the Steel Awards 2017. The project illustrated the advantages of the MiTek Ultra-Span (LSF) product in the erection of large complex roofs.

keyboard_arrow_upLight Steel Frame Building shows its metal in roofing
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Talk about Light Steel Frame (LSF) building and what probably comes to mind for most readers are residential buildings, low-rise office blocks, fast-food outlets and other structures built by owners or developers that want energy-efficient, green, aesthetic buildings that can be built accurately and quickly. We have however noticed of late that it is LSF […]

keyboard_arrow_upLight Steel Frame Building excellence and growth demonstrated in Steel Awards 2017
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Over the years the prestigious Steel Awards, hosted annually by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc), has been an excellent barometer of the growth of the Light Steel Frame Building (LSFB) in Southern Africa. This year was no different.   Nineteen projects were entered into the LSFB category by seven leading Southern African Light […]

keyboard_arrow_upSTAG African chooses light steel frame building in Tygerberg development … and applies for EDGE certification
keyboard_arrow_downSTAG African chooses light steel frame building in Tygerberg development … and applies for EDGE certification

STAG African has registered its Tygerberg 3 student housing development in Bellville, Cape Town, which is being developed to help address the student accommodation shortage at Stellenbosch University, for EDGE certification (Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies).

keyboard_arrow_upGreen light for LSFB in government structures.
keyboard_arrow_downGreen light for LSFB in government structures.

At the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association’s (SASFA) recent industry feedback meeting, CSIR Principal Researcher, Building Science and Technology Dept., Llewellyn van Wyk, said that, in principle, Innovative Building Technologies (IBT), including Light Steel Frame Building (LSFB), have been accepted by government for use in the construction of government-owned structures.

keyboard_arrow_upStand 47 demonstrates light steel frame construction benefits
keyboard_arrow_downStand 47 demonstrates light steel frame construction benefits

Stand 47 is a contemporary, state-of -the-art, modern and architecturally engaging home that demonstrates the concepts of adaptability, innovation and efficiency using Saint-Gobain products. The home is being built as a "case study" using state of the art building materials with the main structure constructed using a light steel frame system. Light steel frame construction systems offer effective solutions meeting the objectives of the Stand 47 project, being to provide a showcase of how best to design and spec contemporary homes using innovative and sustainable building materials.

keyboard_arrow_upDesigning with light steel frame systems
keyboard_arrow_downDesigning with light steel frame systems

The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) is organising two one-day courses which will be presented on consecutive days from end May into early June in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.  The first course is on the updated SANS 517: 2011 Light steel frame building standard and has been organised to assist designers, quantity surveyors, developers and other practitioners to understand and quickly implement the standard.

keyboard_arrow_upEnergy efficiency in light steel frame housing
keyboard_arrow_downEnergy efficiency in light steel frame housing

SASFA, the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association, recently commissioned the Built Environment Division of the CSIR, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, to conduct a comparative thermal performance analysis for light steel frame housing and masonry housing. The research findings point to the energy efficiency of the light steel frame (LSF) house in terms of a lower need for electricity to power mechanical heating and cooling – to keep the internal temperature within a prescribed comfort range. 

keyboard_arrow_upAccreditation for light steel frame building systems
keyboard_arrow_downAccreditation for light steel frame building systems

In a first for the local building industry, three companies have received accreditation from the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) www.sasfa.co.za for their light steel frame building (LSFB) systems: Metal Roll Forming SA, MiTek and Vela SBS.