Our buildings are manufactured to very tight tolerances. They have a superior strength-to-weight ratio. LSF structures can be engineered to withstand extreme loads such as 240km/h winds, zone IV seismic forces under the International Building Code and 3 feet of snow loading. Furthermore, our factory based manufacturing environment consistently delivers superior quality standards through rigorous control of the whole construction process.
Stratus Steel uses proprietary software for design of light steel structures. All the walls, floor joists, roof truss etc are detailed to the last millimeter showing the positions of the steel sections, their sizes and even the point where one member would be connected to the other.
Up to 68% less energy is required to erect a LGSF building as compared to a traditionally built structure. The insulation used in the walls, roof and floor is made of ozone-friendly materials that have minimum impact on the environment. Furthermore, there are up to 90% fewer vehicle movements to and from the site which means less environmental pollution. Noise and dust levels on the site are also minimized.
Light gauge steel reduces waste and subsequently lowers waste disposal and removal costs. Our structural components are fabricated to exact specifications, thereby reducing the amount of excess material. Any waste generated is recycled in the production centre. Steel is 100% recyclable, hence does not contribute to depletion of natural resources or degradation of environment.
Compared with conventional brickwork, our insulated walls conduct 90% less heat, ensuring that the interiors remain cool during the summer and warm during the winter. The steel frame design minimizes thermal bridges, making the buildings easier to heat or cool with significantly less use of energy.
Time taken for construction can be reduced by up to 50% using LGSF building techniques, which translates into earlier return on investment.
Light gauge steel is non-combustible and will not contribute to the spread of a fire. Our buildings can be designed for 1.5 to 2 hours of fire rating compared to conventional 1 hour of fire rating.
Steel is also impervious to termites. Since steel is not a food source for insects such as termites, structures built with LSF technology provide greater resistance against termite damage than structures built with traditional materials, such as wood.
Small tolerances can be achieved and maintained within the module interior and in the sizing and positioning of openings. This leads to ease and accuracy of fit-out in a production environment.
LGSF construction sites have proved to be significantly safer than traditional sites because of the more controlled operations and less site labour.
Modules are useful in small urban infill sites, particularly where it is uneconomical to build because of problems of disturbance and site location.
Adding modules to, or removing modules from, modular buildings is typically a very rapid and straightforward process that involves the minimum of disruption to the operations of adjacent buildings.
Light Guage steel is recognized as an allergen-free, mould-free and toxin-free material. Because of this, the Asthma Society of Canada has endorsed cold form steel as a product that improves a building’s indoor air quality, which may benefit allergy and asthma sufferers.
LGSF construction is about 30% of the weight of conventional masonry construction, leading to reduced foundation costs. Modular construction is ideally suited to roof-top extensions to avoid overloading the existing building.
Steel structures are supremely robust, which means that they are more resistant to seismic loads than conventional buildings and more than meet international standards for every seismic zone.