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Kaap Agri Building: yet another example of light steel frame excellence

The striking and functional Kaap Agri building in Paarl, Western Cape, symbolises the professionalism and success of an organisation that has been operating for more than 100 years.

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First Light Steel Frame residence in Knysna rebuild

The pain and suffering emanating from Knysna’s devastating fires need no elaboration. Lives lost and hundreds of homes destroyed at a cost of billions of rands. But in true South African spirit the people of Knysna and the surrounding areas are doing their best to move on. Infrastructure is being rebuilt and many new, modern houses are rising from the ashes.

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CSIR Research Confirms the Superior Energy Efficiency of Light Steel Frame Building

A recent research project undertaken by the Built Environment division of the CSIR has confirmed that a light steel frame (LSF) dwelling, built to SANS 517, will result in significant savings of electricity used for heating and cooling of the building, compared with a conventionally built heavy masonry building

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FIGHTING FIRE WITH STEEL FIRE RESISTANCE

Today’s consumer is placing greater value on the quality, longevity, and safety of their new home. Key issues in the homeowner’s mind include increased safety in fire and severe weather, minimizing termite damage, and the increased use of recycled materials. Some of steel’s most apparent benefits touch on each of these key issues. Fire safety, among them, is top-of-mind for many homeowners who must rebuild due to common house fires, resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries each year.

A Look at the Statistics According to the recently published National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Survey, there were 401,000 house fires in 2002, resulting in 2,670 deaths, 14,050 injuries, and more than $6 billion in property loss. That equates with a house fire every 79 seconds.

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LIGHT STEEL FRAME BUILDING AND SUSTAINABLITY

The terms ‘sustainability’, ‘energy efficiency’, ‘green building’ and ‘carbon footprint’, appear in most articles and publications of late dealing with the building and construction industries.

 

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TECHNICAL NOTE On Cold-Formed Steel Construction

A home is one of the few necessities that consumers expect to last a lifetime or more. For commercial property owners, each structure represents a significant investment. It is critical therefore, that the framing material performs its function for as long as other critical components, such as the roof structure, exterior and interior wall coverings, and flooring. For sufficient longevity, cold-formed steel framing needs proper corrosion protection.

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TERMINATE THE TERMITES

While fire is a more recognizable harm to North American homes today, termites actually account for more property damage annually. One particularly hearty strain of termite, the Formosan subterranean termite (FST), is ripping through homes and trees,

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