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 that allows for the assembly of walls panels off-site in a controlled manufacturing environment. Panelization is an ideal manufacturing method for cold-formed steel framing systems as members can be cut to exact links.

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

These light gauge framing members are structurally sound and provide an alternative solution to typical block and plank construction. Load bearing walls, flooring systems, and roof assemblies are panelized to allow for a quality exterior shell to be completed quickly and safely, while still generating cost savings.

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, meaning that each time the process is performed, the time will decrease. Work can be guaranteed to be delivered on time and to the highest quality, as the mitigating circumstances such as bad weather do not delay the project.


The factory is a far more predictable setting than the physical construction site, which eliminates the variables of weather and visibility. Having the conditions be the same every time makes errors much less likely. Most of onsite construction’s most dangerous hazards: like fall from height and equipment accidents, are not an issue in the factory.


Offsite construction requires less heavy machinery and less energy. Transporting the finished building to the site also uses minimal vehicles, and wastage is minimized, as material requirements can be more accurately calculated, allowing the builder to make savings by buying in bulk.

Less labor

A smaller workforce is required to construct a building in a factory setting. Less workers means less wage costs; keeping 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, representing 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 which, in turn, is tightening underwriting capacity. This is prompting developers and owners to take a closer look at different opinions, with many starting to consider insurance beyond simple “protection against loss” to an actual tool for maximizing return on investment.



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 wood structure, 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 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.

  • Pests 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 a potentially catastrophic issue.

  • Energy Conservation

    Since 1990, the steel industry has reduced energy intensity per ton of steel produced by 31 percent and CO2 emissions 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.