What makes LGSF a Superior Choice in Construction Industry?
LGSF technology is all about optimising speed and accuracy and this blog explains how to get to the design stage. We are explaining important details that must be known before beginning the LGSF Prefab works.
The Light Guage Steel Frame is a distinctive construction technology that is widely used in the construction of modular or prefabricated structures. It entails constructing critical aspects of the building with cold-formed steel, such as roof panels, decks, floorings and load-bearing walls. LGSF-based modular construction offers itself as the ideal option in the current context, where the construction sector in India is challenged with the task of speedier construction to meet the enormous gap between the demand and supply of buildings. It is an exquisite choice for residential buildings, commercial complexes, hospitals, schools, and other structures.
Advantages of adopting LGSF for construction work
LGSF has a higher strength-to-weight ratio than any other material used in building construction.
As a result, a significant amount of reinforcement is saved during foundation construction. Furthermore, it is easily handled and moved from one location to another. The design earthquake forces are significantly reduced due to the lightweight and also very useful for post-disaster rehabilitation work. LGSF structures proved to be very useful in hilly areas due to their lightweight. These buildings offer good resistance against seismic actions since it is made of Lightweight flexible members.
LGSF structures are more environment-friendly as the steel frame is built using 42% recycled material and an astounding 97% of its manufacturing waste is recycled as well. One of the greenest building practices available today is LGSF which has a high end-of-life recyclability rate of over 90% and lower transportation needs. Low construction waste production from LGSF also benefits the environment through reduced CO2 emissions, reduced freshwater use, and increased steel component recycling. To overcome the scarcity of natural minerals which are used in construction like sand, bricks, and aggregates; so in the coming days it is challenging to build a building in traditional construction, this is the right time to adopt LGSF technology.
Fireproof & Corrosion proof:
Steel is a non-combustible substance by nature, making it the perfect building material for modular structures. Additionally, by using gypsum-based boards for the interior lining, LGSF constructions are better protected from fire. To prevent corrosion, the steel used in LGSF-based constructions is often coated in zinc or a zinc-and-aluminium alloy. To accommodate the various situations, the coating’s thickness can be altered.
Because the metal’s characteristics do not deteriorate with time, LGSF-based structures are long-lasting. The LGSF structures also have a high strength-to-weight ratio, making them resistant to harsh weather conditions. The life of steel structure is 50 years with extended life by advanced cladding.
Off-site construction reduces the costs by 10%–15%, depending on how well the subsequent trade works. It decreases expenditure and enables more precise budget control. Impressive architectural options are available at low costs.
Faster Construction time:
In comparison to conventional procedures, construction time is almost three times faster.
Because everything can be prepared off-site, just like Lego bricks, and even have holes pre-drilled for services, construction time can be greatly reduced. Prior to being delivered to the installation location, the steel frames are constructed in accordance with the necessary specifications.
All the steel has pre-holes made for attaching fasteners and all steel parts are levelled and labelled to avoid confusion; hence it contains no room for errors which saves time in assembling. Only one supplier can take responsibility for the whole project which is good for minimizing construction risk.
Because of their better strength-to-weight ratio, LGSF constructions are resistant to bad weather. Strong winds up to 240 kilometres per hour can be withstood by this building. Steel can cover longer distances due to its strength, providing bigger open areas and greater architectural flexibility without the need for intermediate columns or load-bearing walls. Structures made of LGSF do not rust, shrink, deform or degrade. The steel is galvanised before rolling, in contrast to conventional hot-rolled choices. With this, further painting and maintenance are not necessary and the longevity is unrivalled. Maximum efficiency can be achieved since all the components are designed specially to act together as a system.
In India, LGSF technology is approved by the BMPTC & CPWD and is accepted by major government bodies across all state authorities.
Ductile in Nature:
Infinite customization choices are available with LGSF and it can be modified to fit nearly any design. From commercial to residential and from small self-built structures to enormous superstructures, they can incorporate a variety of design motifs.
Easy and faster installation:
Due to the use of prefabricated steel structures, LGSF technology offers ease of installation coupled with a reduction in the overall project completion time. Also, lesser time and skilled manpower are required to assemble the structural steel frame. It is manageable and time-saving due to its adaptability to creating it at the factory or at the site; as a result, the assembly and the production could be done side by side or faster assembly could be done by employing more labourers and getting pre-made steel frames from the factory in bulk.