System Advantages

 

  • Fast Building Process

    The design and build process with light gauge steel is tremendously faster than traditional rendered block construction found in most of the African continent. A building can be designed and erected in a matter of months, whereas the process for rendered block design and construction is typically measured in years.

  • Steel = Strength & Quality & Longevity

    Constructing with steel results in unmatched strength in a structure’s ability to withstand wind loads, weathering, water impacts, interior dead loads, etc. The final quality of a steel structure is quickly recognizable where all corners are square, and floors are level, walls are straight and plum, and roofs are straight and do not leak. All window and door openings are a consistent and standard size for ease of door and window procurement and installation unlike the custom door and window making practices that exist with rendered block. Floor tile edges line up square with the walls, and the gap beneath doors is the same all of the way beneath the door. The advantages in quality that come with light gauge steel structures is more than can be explained in this short paragraph.

  • Light Weight = Lower Foundation Costs

    Light gauge steel is significantly lighter than rendered block construction. As a result, the foundations necessary to support the weight of the structures can be significantly smaller and less costly to build. This results in less site work necessary for preparation of the foundation and overall lower foundation costs by significantly reducing the amount of concrete and steel rebar needed.

  • Steel Truss Roof Superior to Wood

    Light gauge steel roof trusses are designed and fabricated to the exact measurements of the structure. This results in a near perfect roofing system and is easy to fasten roofing material to and therefore resists leakage. Wood roof trusses are often crooked and consist of nailed together pieces that are subject to mold/mildew attack, dry rot, humidity, and termite damage that eventually results in cracking, warping and eventual roof leaks.

  • Interior Finishes Easier & Standard

    When a structure can be built consistently straight and square exactly as it is designed as is the case with light gauge steel, then all the finishes can be standardized and installed more efficiently and more cost effectively. This includes dorm frames, window frames, trim work, cabinets, countertops, plumbing and electrical, etc. Owners and contractors can take advantage of bulk buying discounts by procuring these products in advance of construction with volume purchases. Wall hangings for art, TVs, window dressings, etc. are strong and permanent, and do not fail and fall out like is typical of rendered concrete block.

  • Quicker Return on Investment

    Any developer looks at his/her return on investment as a critical aspect of the financial analysis of any real estate development opportunity. When a property can be acquired and developed in a short period of time (Light Gauge Steel) versus a relatively longer period of time (Rendered Block), the Return on Investment is realized faster and common delays that erode Developer profits are minimized.

  • Creates New Skilled Jobs

    The introduction of a new technologically advanced building construction method into a developing country results in the creation of new jobs and new trades for locals that offer higher pay. Local workers can easily be trained to learn how to fabricate, panelize, and erect light gauge steel structures and engineers and architects can be trained to design building systems using light gauge steel.

  • Develops Trained Workforce

    Constructing buildings with light gauge steel is more logical and standard than rendered block when it comes to interior finishes, mechanical/electrical/pluming installation, kitchens and bathrooms, etc. As a result, a work force can be trained in a much shorter period of time that will become proficient in working at an accelerated pace while producing a high quality product.

  • Flexibility for Changes

    Because the light gauge building system is portable and taken into the field where construction is occurring, changes can be made to the design in the field in real time so construction delays are minimized. Also, additions or renovations to structures can easily be made by modifying designs and connecting to existing steel members.