Light Steel Frame Building offers designers and building owners the opportunity
to minimise energy wastage during building operations as well as during the life
of the building.
The primary steel industry worldwide has in recent times vastly improved production
processes to minimise energy consumption and pollution. Furthermore, a large percentage
of all scrap generated is re-used in electric arc furnaces to produce new steel,
resulting in significant energy savings and a reduction of pollution.
As Light Steel Frame Building is an engineered building method, use of materials
is optimised offering savings in energy used to produce the materials.
The mass of a wall in a Light Steel Frame Building is less than 10% of that
of a double skin plastered brick wall. It follows that significant energy savings
are achieved merely in the transport of the materials to the building site. Furthermore,
wastage of materials on site is minimised, again reducing energy wastage by obviating
the need to remove truck loads of building rubble after completion of the building
However, the most significant energy saving is achieved over the life of the building.
Light Steel Frame Buildings can be optimally insulated for each type of building,
in the different geographic regions in Southern Africa, resulting in reduced energy
wastage for heating and cooling.
All the above factors combine to render Light Steel Frame Buildings energy efficient,