Benefits – Offsite Steel Construction

Moving the building process away from the physical site and into a controlled factory environment has multiple advantages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Light Gauge Steel Panelization

Panelization is a prefabrication technique.  Assembly of wall panels occurs off-site, in a controlled manufacturing environment. Panelization is an ideal method for cold-formed steel framing systems as framing members can be cut to exact links.

Compared to traditional building methods, panelization significantly shortens construction schedules. By utilizing panelized building systems, owners, developers, and the construction team each benefit from quality materials produced in a controlled work environment. Additional advantages of panelization include flexibility in design, increased durability (CFS panels will not shrink, split, warp, or crack), cost savings, reduced on-site labor, and lower maintenance.

Light gauge steel framing members are structurally sound, providing an alternative solution to typical block and plank construction. Load bearing walls, flooring systems, and roof assemblies are panelized, facilitating the quick and safe completion of a quality exterior shell – with the added benefit of reduced costs.

Offsite Construction

Offsite construction has been around for years, but interest in this construction method has grown rapidly in the past decade. Here are some reasons why:

Efficiency and predictability

By building offsite, the process is the same every time.   This streamlined practice promotes increased performance, and decreased time to manufacture components.  Project delays due site conditions are avoided, quality is ensured, and work can be guaranteed to be delivered on time.

Safety

The factory is a far more predictable setting than the physical construction site.  This eliminates the variables of weather and visibility.  A stable, consistent environment produces less errors.  And, many of onsite construction’s most dangerous hazards – such as falls from height or equipment accidents – are mitigated in the factory.

Sustainability

Offsite construction requires less heavy machinery and less energy. Transporting the finished building to the site also uses minimal vehicles, reducing waste.  Material requirements are more accurately calculated, enabling the builder to save by purchasing in bulk.

Less labor

A smaller workforce is required to construct a building in a factory setting. Less workers equates to less wage costs and keeps building prices more affordable.

Insurance Savings with Cold-Formed Steel

Non-combustible structures, like those built with cold-formed steel, have better loss histories and are even viewed by insurance underwriters as lower risk. This can translate to lower costs and broader coverage than combustible wood framing.

Insurance premiums are one of the many factors that can determine a project’s final price tag.  Premiums can represent 5% of costs during construction, and up to 10% of the cost of long-term operation of the structure. These costs are beginning to escalate, as a growing construction industry creates demand for insurance coverage.  This, in turn, is tightening underwriting capacity. Developers and owners are prompted to take a closer look at different options.  Many now consider insurance beyond simple “protection against loss”, to an actual tool for maximizing return on investment.

Ref: SIFA

THE RIGHT MATERIAL

Building with Steel has many inherent benefits as well. It is sustainable, versatile, strong…

Steel Benefits

  • Durability

    Steel is dimensionally stable and does not expand or contract with changes in moisture content. Steel will not warp, split, crack or creep when exposed to the elements.

  • High Tensile Strength

    Steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of all structural framing materials, according to the Steel Framing Industry Association.

  • Time Efficient

    Panelization — the ability to assemble wall, floor and roof sections off-site in a controlled environment — is frequently used in CFS framing projects. It has many advantages from speeding up construction to ensuring greater quality control.

  • Cost Savings

    CFS framing systems offer significant cost benefits over competitive building materials when the total cost of construction is considered.

  • Non-Combustible

    It’s a common fact that steel is non-combustible. Unlike a wooden structure, a steel-framed structure can help safeguard your assets against fire accidents.

  • Longevity

    Steel framing is impervious to the environmental factors that typically threaten the integrity, lifespan, and stability of other framing materials. This is a major advantage of steel. Steel is also resistant to corrosion, mold, and vermin.

  • Less Maintenance

    Steel-framed buildings provide lower maintenance and repair costs. How so? Steel framing resists rot, termites, and moisture.

  • Pest Free

    Termite infestation, sometimes called “the silent killer,” causes more harm to buildings in North America than fire, floods, and storms combined. Steel is an inorganic material and not a desirable food source for termites.  Thus, steel is arguably the best possible defense against this potentially catastrophic issue.

  • Energy Conservation

    Since 1990, the steel industry has reduced energy intensity, per ton of steel produced, by 31 percent.  CO2 emissions have been reduced by 36 percent per ton of steel shipped, According to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

  • Sustainable

    Construction is increasingly “going green.” Building owners, architects, engineers, and contractors are looking for ways to construct buildings with low environmental impact. The most recycled material on the planet is steel.