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Stratus Steel : Adopting Light Gauge Steel Framing Technology for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana

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As a part of the continuous efforts of the Indian Government to fulfill the housing needs of rural and urban poor, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June 2015 with an aim to provide affordable housing.

What is Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana?

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY-U), a flagship mission of the Government of India being implemented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), was launched on the 25th of June 2015. The Mission addresses urban housing shortage among the EWS/LIG and MIG categories including the slum dwellers by ensuring a pucca house to all eligible urban households by the year 2022 when the Nation completes 75 years of its Independence.

Why was PMAY started?

Urban India suffers from a massive shortage of adequate housing. The number of households living in inadequate housing conditions was estimated to be 4.7 crores in 2018 in urban India (Roy & Meera, 2020).

The Government of India, under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban, assessed an aggregate ‘validated’ demand of 1.12 crore houses (Lok Sabha, 2021). 6 The demand for affordable housing is expected to grow in the decades to come as India urbanizes rapidly, with the urban population to total population ratio of 34.9 percent in 2020 expected to rise to 52.8 percent in 2050, and as incomes grow with economic growth (World Urbanization Prospects: The 2018 Revision, 2019).  Massive reverse migration from Indian cities during the ‘lockdowns’ imposed in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 reflects that the poor migrant laborers lacked safe and affordable shelter for their families in these cities. To supply adequate housing to the lower- and middle-income segments in Indian cities, mass housing projects i.e., large complexes containing about 500 or more apartments, situated in urban and suburban areas will gain importance.

Homeless man

The conventional on-site process of construction uses cement concrete and steel reinforcement to form reinforced cement concrete (RCC) used to build a framework of beams (horizontal members) and columns (vertical members).

Subsequently, walls are constructed using brick masonry and floors are cast on-site. This conventional process has limitations, particularly for large-scale mass housing projects (Building Materials & Technology Promotion Council, 2021). Assembling the timber-based formwork (i.e., molds into which the concrete is poured) at the construction site is time-consuming, lacks repeatability, and is of poor quality and durability. Building the superstructure (i.e., the portion of the building above the ground level) in the open uncontrolled environment of a construction site exposes the project to weather disruptions and makes it difficult to monitor the quality of construction.

Temporary Shelter

This, in several cases, leads to inordinate delays, cost overruns, large quantities of construction waste, and suboptimal quality of the end product.

Why is Light Guage Steel Framing Technology, the Best pick for construction under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana?

We, at Stratus Steel, have always seen LGSF as a one- size-fits-all type of solution. It is extremely flexible and durable. As people become more aware of technological advancements LGSF will eventually replace conventional civil construction in many areas. LGSF is an emerging technology and the Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi Ji took note of it as a clean, green and emerging technology in one of his speeches.

LGSF building structure

Abiding by Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and our Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi Ji’s vision of ‘Housing For All’, the LGSF technology has been developed around this ideology for producing faster mass housing in India.

The focus is on the ‘double-the-speed’ concept compared to the traditional mode of construction. LGSF frames are flexible, lightweight, and manufactured and disassembled off-site, they can be quickly assembled and installed on-site, making them ideal for mass housing.

This form of dry construction also requires minimal manpower. For high-rise buildings in mass housing light gauge steel reduces the entire weight of the building as finishing is quite superior. Light Gauge Steel has given way to faster, affordable and quality homes thereby serving the PMAY purpose.

Now, moving to the question that might be lingering on your minds – WHY REPLACE CONVENTIONAL METHODS WITH LGSF?

LGSF offers unparalleled benefits over other technologies, when it comes to strength to weight ratio,

seismic & wind resistance, with better pest & mold resistance. It is an eco-friendly construction technology that is non-combustible and built to precision. For affordable housing solutions, this is the best mode of construction one can go for.

Having said that, let’s quickly scan through the many benefits of picking LGSF over conventional construction methods:

  1. Superior Construction Material: The steel sheets that form the light gauge steel frames are neither vulnerable to any sort of fungi or organism nor are combustible. This makes it a secure, safe and perfect choice for construction material. Steel is inorganic and so will not rot, warp, crack, or creep and is dimensionally stable, therefore not expanding or contracting with moisture content.
  1. Cutting edge, green technology: It is the future; LGSF is green, environmentally friendly and has energy efficient properties that allow very little waste (negligible) as all the steel is cut to fit exactly. LGSF generates low construction waste and provides environmental benefits, including lesser CO2 emissions, lesser freshwater utilization and higher recyclability of steel components.
  1. Less pressure on foundations: The steel used is lighter than other materials but has more strength which puts less pressure on the foundation making it the ideal choice to lay foundations too.
  1. Speed of Construction: The construction time can be cut down drastically as everything can be prepared at an off-site location just like Lego blocks and even pre-drilled for services.
  1. Lesser chances of Human Error: The light gauge steel frame method of construction is carried through the use of computers and technology that cuts, rolls or collaborates all the structures without the use of physical manpower. This reduces the risk of error as there is less or zero human interference.
  1. High tolerance: LGSF structures are extremely robust and resistant to seismic disturbances as compared to traditional RCC structures. Construction in difficult and harsh terrains is possible using LGSF.
  1. Design Flexibility: Due to its strength, steel can span longer lengths, offering larger open spaces and increased design flexibility without requiring intermediate columns or load-bearing walls.

All aforementioned points make LGSF a better choice when it comes to swift, affordable and advanced construction under the PMAY.

LGSF Roof

Conclusion;

India is a young, rapidly growing country. Both the government and private sector is seeing fast growth. With the lack of housing, LGSF offers a one-size-fits-all type of solution. It is extremely flexible and durable. As people become more aware of tech advancements LGSF will replace conventional civil construction in many areas.

LGSF is an emerging technology and even the Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi took note of it as a clean, green and emerging technology in one of his speeches.

While conventional techniques suffer from time, weather and design constraints, LGSF offer a faster, flexible solution, you just ship your prefabs to the site and assemble them. The technology is also greener and cleaner. As everything is pre-calculated there is little chance of cost overruns. LGSF maximizes speed and minimizes wastage and ensures optimal cost benefits.

LGSF as a technology is aligned with the vision of our Hon’ble PM Mr. Narendra Modi and is a partner in the country’s progress. We, at Stratus Steel, are proud to be serving this vision in India.

LGSF structure for a G+4 building

STRATUS STEEL listed as an LGSF vendor with TATA NEST-IN!

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As India surges forward to a smarter time and age, there is a need for newer, innovative and faster construction solutions that will fuel this momentum and make its presence felt in the nation’s growth is Tata Steel Nest-In through its range of steel-based modular construction solutions.
Nest-In strives to provide complete turnkey solutions with a unique customer experience at its core. Offering a wide range of prefabricated solutions for industrial infrastructure, housing, sanitation, portable cabins and lifestyle solutions, Nest-In today serves over 26 states in India and helps create a better life for millions of Indians.

Nest-In strives to shape the light construction landscape in India through market development and effective use of technology. The offerings of Nest-In are geared towards meeting existing and upcoming building requirements of various government initiatives like the Smart Cities Mission, the light construction requirements for corporate projects and operations, CSR initiatives, and individual requirements for housing construction and home extension.

As a part of one of their growth strategies, they are identifying LGSF manufacturers as partners.

Stratus Steel, the LGSF division of MGI India, has recently been listed as one of the vendors for Tata Nest-In. We are happy to be partnering with a reputed firm like theirs and look forward to this association.

We recently hosted their team for an inspection of our factory in Pune, Maharashtra with regard to the first project we are collaborating on.

You can view the pictures of the inspection below as well as find the link to Tata Nest-In’s website below.

The adoption of LGSF technology in India

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The LGSF technology has seen a rapid rise in the demand for mass affordable housing projects. There is a need for rapid construction with precision, LGSF provides just that. Its ease of installation along with a reduction in the cumulative project completion period owing to prefabricated structures is anticipated to drive product demand significantly over the next few years. The need to lower the production costs involved in the construction of buildings is also estimated to be one of the key factors responsible for market growth. LGSF comes with various advantages and can be used in an array of applications. One of the renowned organisation providing LGSF technology in India is Stratus Steel.

The organisation is a pioneer in modular operation theatre manufacturers with over 35 years of experience and expertise in light gauge steel framing, cold-rolled sections, drywall construction, roofing solutions, etc. in India. The organisation also provides LGSF design support and an array of comprehensive back-end support for all LGSF projects.

Vidur Chandra, Managing Director, Stratus Steel, LGSF division of MGI India

Constrofacilitator had a one-to-one discussion with Vidur Chandra, Managing Director, Stratus Steel, LGSF division of MGI India. He believes that LGSF has far better scope in the contemporary world and it mustn’t be limited to one company keeping it within closed doors. This is when he got Stratus Steel in as another brand to expand his canvas and further the scope of work. During the conversation, he shared insights on the adoption of LGSF technology, the benefits of cold-formed steel, market drivers for LGSF solutions in India and much more.

Here are the excerpts of the interview.

  1. How LGSF technology is growing and getting adopted in India?

According to a recent study, prefabricated steel construction covers only 25% of the overall Indian real estate market and sums up to about $150 billion. However, industry experts claim that the boom is yet to come for the prefabrication construction method in India and several other neighbouring countries.

LGSF is amongst the latest construction concepts that have taken the market by storm, but yet there are various misconceptions about prefab structures. Many builders feel that these are still relying on traditional building structures, but as the market is evolving, the market is getting ready to accept this methodology, and the scenario is changing.

Currently, the primary users of the LGSF structures are corporations, but with time these prefab structures are slowly and steadily finding their way into residential real estate.

Hence, there is an immediate need to create more awareness among the common people, popularise the concept and extensively adopt prefabricated structures to increase efficiency. quality, and speed of construction, while reducing cost and additional efforts.

  1. What are the benefits of cold-formed steel (CFS) construction?

Steel is inorganic, and thus impervious to termites, rot, and mold. A protective layer of zinc and other metallic coating steel provides long-term durability that research demonstrates can last hundreds of years without any deterioration.

Durability.

Steel is inorganic, and thus impervious to termites, rot, and mold. A protective layer of zinc and other metallic coating steel provides long-term durability that research demonstrates can last hundreds of years without any deterioration.

Stability.

Due to its consistent chemistry, steel behaves in a highly predictable manner when subjected to the structural loads and stresses imposed by high wind and seismic forces. Because steel cannot absorb moisture, its use also eliminates most of the expansion and contraction of construction materials that produce cracks, warps, and other defects in both internal and external finishes.

Non-combustibility.

Steel does not burn and will not contribute to the spread or intensity of a fire. Because of this, cold-formed steel projects can easily be designed to meet code fire rating requirements. Non-combustible structures, like those built with cold-formed steel framing, have a better loss history than combustible wood framing. This often translates into lower costs and broader coverages for many types of construction insurance. Read more in this white paper.

Sustainability.

Steel is the only building material that is infinitely recyclable. As a recognized green building material, cold-formed steel framing projects can earn credits for green building ratings such as LEED and similar programs.

Cost-effectiveness.

Cold-formed steel offers cost savings on several fronts. By helping to minimize fire risk, the use of cold-formed steel results in lower insurance costs for builders and owners. Additionally, panelized cold-formed steel construction methods produce shorter construction cycles, allowing builders to complete steel-framed projects months faster than with other framing materials. Finally, framing with cold-formed steel generates far less material waste than traditional wood framing.

SFIA and other organisations continue to work to encourage the development of industry standards, building codes, and construction methods that maximize these unique qualities of cold-formed steel framing.

LGSF projects executed by Stratus steel using cold-formed steel
LGSF projects executed by Stratus steel using cold-formed steel
  1. How has the PMAY Awas Yojana project of the Government of India given impetus to the adoption of LGSF technology?

Abiding by Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’s vision of ‘Housing For All’, the LGSF technology has been developed around this ideology for producing faster mass housing in India. The focus is on the ‘double-the-speed’ concept compared to the traditional mode of construction. LGSF frames are flexible, lightweight, and manufactured and disassembled off-site, they can be quickly assembled and installed on-site, making them ideal for mass housing. This form of dry construction also requires minimal manpower. For high-rise buildings in mass housing light gauge steel reduces the entire weight of the building as finishing is quite superior.

Light Gauge Steel has given way to faster, affordable and quality homes thereby serving the PMAY purpose.

  1. What are the market drivers for LGSF solutions in India?

LGSF has stepped in as an innovative and revolutionary technology when older technologies were failing in various aspects of construction.

Light Gauge Steel paved the way for faster, durable, affordable, and hassle-free solutions. Its unmatched design flexibility, as well as relocation & expansion abilities, have proven game-changers for the construction industry.

Light gauges steel framing systems have advantages like adaptability, off-site manufacturing, reusability, recyclability, cost efficiency, and resource efficiency making it one of the most sustainable building methods available today. Light gauge framing systems can fulfill the requirements of small buildings with cost-effectiveness and environmental friendliness making light-gauge steel construction, a technology with huge growth potential and applicability.

  1. Share insights on the advantages of Houseable modular homes.

Houseable is an architecture, engineering, and design firm focused on building spacious, sustainable homes best suited for you. We aspire to be one of the leading modular homes firms in India.

We build using superior Light Gauge Steel Framing (LGSF) technology and offer well-thought-out and carefully designed plans.

While our main purpose is to deliver a home that is built around you, we also ensure your time, money, and effort in achieving your home are minimized.

Houseable Homes
  1. Prefabricated homes are gaining popularity for multiple reasons from affordable living to adding flexibility, what added advantages are being provided by Houseable prefab homes?

Our prefab homes comes with following advantages;

  • One-stop solution provider right from architectural services to finishing
  • Factory controlled manufacturing
  • One of its kind Home Builder in India
  • Working with some innovative cladding solution providers to achieve the best results
  1. Discuss a few challenging projects undertaken by the company?

Stratus has always developed and supported new clads. For our latest project, a 6000 sq ft bungalow in Delhi, we used ferrocement panels. Since this was our first time using these panels on a project of this scale, it was quite the challenge but we powered through and built the beautiful home for our clients. We built a G+13 Bungalow, a residential tower in Jammu, the first of its kind as a hybrid structure. We used hot roll for support and LGSF for infill walls. We, with our partner in Kerala, have been constructing 3 to 5 storey homes under the PMAY. This has been challenging in its own way due to the fixed design and PMC guidelines one has to consider.

LGSF projects executed by Stratus Steel
LGSF projects executed by Stratus Steel
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Prefabricated Structures and their role in Commercial Buildings

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Prefabricated structures are based on off-site and modular construction. Thanks to their multiple advantages, these LGSF structures have been a trend for the last few years.

If you are struggling to decide if you should jump on to the trend or not, follow along and we will share with you ample reasons to invest in this prefabrication technology. But, before that, for those who don’t know what a prefabrication process is, here is a simple way to understand it:

ECHO tape defines prefabrication as the process of making a building or its components in a different location, one which is specially designed for construction.

Once the manufacturing process is done, the building is transported to the final site, where the setup assembly is done and the building is handed over to the actual owner.

These Light Gauge Steel Framing (LGSF) has already come a long way in the residential building sphere especially when it comes to the European countries. And, LGSF is also the wise choice for the companies looking to grow and compete in the market as on-site construction makes the construction process quick, cheap and easy. So here are some benefits of prefabricated construction in commercial buildings:

Improved Safety and Security: Since these buildings are manufactured under controlled environments in factories, it reduces risks for damage and injuries for the labour.

Also, the buildings directly arrive in large parts, there is no possibility for on-site material theft or any wastage.

Cost Efficiency: The off-site constructions are a much more cost-effective solution for businesses keeping in mind the reduced time of on-site work, and labour requirements.

Choosing steel house construction is a great way for cost-cutting for any business while ensuring the best quality as all the structures are built under a controlled environment with regular quality checks to ensure the best quality for your office building.

Diminish the Labour Shortage Problem: Finding labour is an ever-growing problem faced by most contractors, which might lead to expensive labour in some cases. LGSF can solve the issue since all the components are manufactured in the factory; it reduces the need for on-site labour.

This also improves the productivity of the labour leading to speeding up the construction process and more efficient construction.

Save Time: A prefabricated building can go up as much as 50% faster than traditional on-site construction, taking a project from conception to completion quickly and easily.

Since the components are built in a factory environment, it eliminates the chances of any weather-related delays. When you’re racing against a stormy season, time is of the substance and light gauge steel frame construction can assist you with keeping up more tight timetables.

In case you are planning to opt for a prefabricated building for your business, we would recommend you to connect with Stratus Steel because as the leading provider of modular construction, we can provide you with exclusive support in your off-site constructions at the most affordable prices.

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Evolution of LGSF Construction in India

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Prefabrication is a construction technique where the building is assembled by multiple pieces, manufactured in a factory-controlled environment, and then transported to the construction site for final assembly. In any light gauge steel frame building, structure, or facility, the prefabricated components are designed for every portion separately, including the windows, wall panels, rooftops, and even staircase.

For some people, light gauge steel framing manufacturers in India might seem like a new concept, but it has been successfully used in different parts of the world since World War II on quite a large scale. Some of the finest examples of the prefabricated building are Burj Khalifa and the Sydney Opera House.

Surprisingly, India is coming up as the second-fastest developing economy globally, and one of the major industries supporting this growth is construction. The leading builders and construction agencies are adopting Light Gauge Steel Construction.

Market Research Analysis

According to a recent study, prefabricated steel construction covers only 2% of the overall Indian real estate market that sums up to about $150 billion. However, industry experts claim that the boom is yet to come for the prefabrication construction method in India and several other neighbouring countries.

There are many reasons behind this prediction, some of these reasons are:

  • This method of construction is much cheaper than traditional construction techniques.
  • The prefabrication methods are much faster than other construction styles.
  • LGSF is an environmentally friendly construction solution.
  • Modular construction can easily reduce the demand for raw materials, minimizes expended energy, and decreases overall project time.
  • Each sub-assembly is built by an experienced crew in a weather-resistant factory, with multiple quality checks throughout the entire process.
  • Strict factory processes and procedures that protect the worker from on-the-job injuries.

Thanks to the rising demand for LGSF structures, several extremely reliable suppliers of light gauge steel frame construction services have entered the market and are dedicatedly working towards providing professional support and construction solutions to the users across the country.

Future of Prefabrication:

LGSF is amongst the latest construction concepts that have taken the market by storm, but yet there are various misconceptions about the prefab structures. Many builders feel that these are of lower quality than the traditional building structures, but as the market is evolving, the market is getting ready to accept this methodology, and the public reputation is changing.

Currently, the primary users of the LGSF structures are corporations, but with time these prefab structures are slowly and steadily finding their way into residential real estate.

Hence, there is an immediate need to create more awareness among the common people, popularise the concept and extensively adopt prefabricated structures to increase the efficiency, quality, and speed of construction, while reducing cost and additional efforts.

Stratus Steel is amongst the top light gauge steel framing manufacturers in India. Apart from offering the best quality material, MGI also boasts of its designing capabilities and beyond. So, if you are looking for the most efficient luxury prefab homes in India, get in touch today to share your requirements to design a residential or commercial building using the latest LGSF methods, as per your needs.

Contact us at work@stratus-steel.com as we specialize in offering modular housing and prefabricated home solutions to our customers

The Growth of Modular Construction in 2021 and What That Means for Real Estate

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Like most industries, the construction sector experienced a whirlwind of changes in 2020. Real estate agents witnessed an increase in demand for single-family and multifamily homes and watched as the housing market experienced shortages. Construction leaders observed commercial priorities shift from the hospitality sector toward data centers and medical buildings. Demand was overwhelming, and building material costs skyrocketed as a result. The answer to dealing with these crises was an increase in modular construction.

Recognizing prefabricated buildings’ benefits will allow you to understand anticipated growth in 2021 and how it will impact real estate.

Addressing the Housing Shortage

There’s more demand than there are available properties. Today, there are fewer homes for sale than there have been in the last 40 years.

These statistics are likely to grow during 2021, but construction leaders and real estate developers can meet demands with prefabricated buildings.

This speedy method reduces waste while meeting needs faster than traditional builds. In short, using this system would help the housing market grow at an exponential rate while remaining relatively inexpensive for real estate developers. This streamlined process keeps operations running efficiently, keeping costs low. Modular construction procedures can accelerate project timelines by 20%-50%, which can greatly impact the industry.

Changes in Construction Priorities

Commercial construction has also experienced changes due to the pandemic. While the need for traditional office buildings, restaurants, and hotels has diminished, other sectors have flourished. Medical facilities, data centers, and fast-food restaurants are in high demand. However, project schedules and supply chain logistics have experienced significant setbacks.

As the economy continues to suffer from the pandemic, financing for construction projects is lost or reallocated. Many experts have recognized these trends and decided it’s time to reprioritize their businesses. If they hope to survive this crisis, they’ll need to make adjustments for labor shortages, material cost increases, and a push for greener products and services. For many, this means looking at technology to fill the gaps and increase worker safety.

How Modular Construction Can Fill the Gap

Modular construction methods are the answer to many of these changing trends. Business professionals and construction leaders should expect to see these processes increasing in popularity as they bridge the construction gap to meet demands. The ability to customize the structure while keeping the process green, under budget, on schedule and consistent will draw a lot of support.

Customizations

Modular construction makes sense when building a high number of similar structures. However, much like car manufacturing, customers can still customize designs to fit their needs. This is useful for everyone in the industry, as it allows professionals to meet a greater number of contracts. More specifically, developers can feel confident that their buildings will feel unique rather than cookie-cutter — if that’s their goal.

Green Methods

How much would the construction industry’s environmental footprint decrease if each operation functioned at maximum efficiency with minimum waste? Building in a factory under controlled conditions makes it easy for leaders to provide consistent quality and results. Fewer materials will go to waste from mismanagement or bad weather. With less waste, the process instantly becomes more efficient and eco-friendly. Additionally, manufactured buildings typically have lower energy bills month-to-month than traditional stick-built properties. This process is a boon if energy efficiency is an essential element for your customer.

Cost

With stable working conditions, factors like weather no longer impact a modular building’s construction timeline. Outside of the short assembly period on-site, all other construction will take place inside a factory.

These standardized working conditions help to keep employees safe, projects on schedule and costs low.

Consistency

Every business owner should want to boast that they have superior product control and produce excellent results. Modular construction makes that possible by controlling the environment. Professionals follow the same methods with each project. Everything is closely monitored and follows stringent quality assurance procedures.

Before the product is shipped, it’s examined by a third-party inspector to ensure everything meets state building codes. Unlike traditional construction methods, modular buildings are free from the pests, mold and mildew that sometimes occur from building outside in poor weather conditions.

In 2021, professionals will see a growth in modular construction. As this industry expands, many processes will become automated to meet demand and compensate for labor shortages.

For more on modular and prefabricated structures, visit www.startus-steel.com

The difference between a manufactured home and a MODULAR HOME

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India is a developing country, and thus there is a continuous need for building infrastructure to meet the needs of its population. The construction industry is expected to grow at a rate of 5.6% in 2020, and with the times to come will evolve with the advancement in technology. The world is ever evolving and with time humans are inventing newer ways of construction too- manufactured buildings, prefabricated structures, 3D printed buildings and or modular homes.

In this blog, we’ll discuss what a modular home and a manufactured home are, and how they are different and which one is better over the other.

Modular homes and manufactured homes are quality year-around homes that are designed and built for comfortable and safe occupancy by the residents. There are other differences in respect to modular and manufactured homes like permanence- modular homes are built on a permanent foundation, whereas manufactured homes are built on a steel chassis with wheels attached/or not to it. Modular homes stay wherever they are for their whole lives, while manufactured homes have the choice to move or stay as per the requirement.

Modular Homes

  • Modular homes are factory built, and come in pre-built from the factory and sometimes are built at the site, depending on the availability of space.
  • These homes are then transported to the building site on truck beds, and set together using by a large crane and construction workers at the building site.
  • These houses have to adhere to the local, state and or regional building codes of the area they are built in.
  • Modular homes are placed on a permanent foundation at the building site and often have full basements. Modular homes are sometimes used to expedite the creation of planned communities or large residential projects like college dormitories.
  • These homes are larger than manufactured homes and have bigger kitchen space, bathrooms, bedrooms and other rooms depending on the need of the owners. People may even build fireplaces or dishwashers.
  • Modular homes are typically more expensive per square foot than manufactured homes, but are of higher quality because of their permanence.
  • The home equity of a well-built modular home will continue to grow in value over time. Upgrades can also be added like sun rooms, gas fireplaces, porches, garages, etc.

Manufactured Homes

  • Manufactured houses are mostly pre-constructed completely in a factory on a permanent, fixed steel chassis, and are built on wheels which can be typically detached once the unit is towed to the residence.
  • Manufactured homes typically have skirting/siding around the bottom of them to hide where the wheels were removed and to give it the appearance of a typical home.
  • Manufactured homes must abide by a local, state or regional code.
  • Manufactured homes remain on their steel chassis, and do not have basements.
  • Manufactured homes often face special residential zoning restrictions which can limit their placement.
  • Mobile homes technically are manufactured homes but are very different when compared to today’s manufactured homes.
  • Manufactured homes are generally less expensive than modular homes, but also a little harder to finance and generally decrease in home equity value.

Houseable, a modular homes brand by Stratus Steel, is an architecture, engineering, and design firm focused on building spacious, sustainable homes best suited for you. We aspire to be one of the leading modular homes firms in India. 

We build using superior Light Gauge Steel Framing (LGSF) technology and offer well-thought-out and carefully designed plans. These plans can also be customized to suit your needs; hence providing both pre-designed and customized homes to our clientele.

While our main purpose is to deliver a home that is built around you, we also ensure your time, money, and effort in achieving your home are minimized. 

When you build with us, we help you get the most out of your home.

Visit our website www.houseable.in for more!

PREFAB HOMES

Elon Musk just bought a prefab home in Boca Chica!

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As one of the world’s richest men, Elon Musk can easily afford to drop hundreds of millions of dollars on any lavish home he wants. Instead, the multibillionaire is living in a $50,000 tiny home in Boca Chica, Texas, where his SpaceX headquarters are located.

The “Boxable Casita” that the Tesla CEO reportedly lives in is a transportable 20×20 unit that’s only about 400 square feet. It is set up like a studio apartment and features a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, living room, and bedroom.

Prefabricated homes or pre-habs are extremely popular in Japan, Europe, the United States of America, and Canada. Owing to the lengthy construction time for conventional brick-and-mortar structures and growing awareness about environmental concerns, many people nowadays prefer building prefab homes over traditional houses. However, in India, prefab homes are still at a very nascent stage. People are skeptical about prefab homes, mainly because there is a lot of misinformation about how these homes are built and their benefits.

While prefab homes are slowly growing on the Indian construction space, the information below will equip you with all that you need about prefab homes.

Prefab homes are constructed using the same material as building traditional homes, such as steel, concrete, and wood. Of course, each manufacturer uses different materials based on the customer’s specifications, budget, and efficiency.

With prefab homes, you can be assured that the materials used are of superior quality, and the entire construction process is completed as per the building codes. The sturdiness of the materials is comparable to and in the case of steel-based prefab buildings, higher than the materials used in the traditional home.

Depending on your prefab home’s size and design, you can construct the house in as little as 6 weeks. Prefab homes can actually be built 3 times faster than conventional construction. 

Now coming to the most frequently asked question –  Are Prefab homes safe?

There is a common perception that prefab homes are not safe as traditional homes because of the alternative construction materials and methods used. However, this is not true. These homes are entirely safe for several reasons. Firstly, prefab homes are constructed as per the building codes and regulations and throughout the construction process, the experts conduct a thorough inspection at every stage. Another reason why prefab homes are safe is because of the construction process. The various units and sub-assemblies are constructed in a controlled environment to reinforce the structure for long-term usage.

Now that we have discussed the different aspects of prefab homes, you can consider investing in one instead of going for the traditional home. Many expert prefab home builders in India like Stratus Steel have the best crew who can build the best home from concept to finished product.

Stratus Steel continues to invest various resources in the prefab housing sector and to further show our commitment towards this, we have started a new division of Pre-designed and custom-designed homes. It will launch this under the brand name, “Houseable”.

For more information on this subject or simply to clarify any doubts, you can always write to us at work@stratus-steel.com or visit our website www.stratus-steel.com

Concrete or steel

Which building material is suitable for your project – Concrete or steel?

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Construction projects require many decisions. A key decision is to find the most effective option and determine which process could produce ideal results.

If you are contemplating whether to use concrete or steel as your project’s primary building material, you have several factors to consider. Both are equally worthy structural materials. Concrete costs more, but arguably offers better overall performance. To understand which material suits your project better, you must know how they compare in the following ways –

1. Safety

Concrete:

Concrete requires no additional fireproofing treatments to meet stringent fire codes and performs well during both natural and manmade disasters. Because of concrete’s inherent heaviness, mass, and strength, buildings constructed with cast-in-place reinforced concrete can resist winds of more than 200 miles per hour and perform well even under the impact of flying debris.

With proper design, engineering, and construction, the seemingly rigid structures built with concrete can exhibit increased ductility – a must in areas prone to seismic activity.

Steel:

Experts acknowledge that steel with the addition of passive fire protection, such as spray-on fireproofing, buildings built of structural steel can sustain greater temperatures and, therefore, provide additional safety. Steel’s strength and ductility, combined with solid engineering and design, make it a safe choice in seismic zones.

2. Costs

Concrete:

A large cost-benefit to concrete is the fact that its price remains relatively consistent. On the other hand, concrete also requires ongoing maintenance and repairs, meaning added costs throughout its lifetime. Supply and demand may also impact the availability of concrete. Even though it can be poured and worked directly onsite, the process to completion can be lengthy and could accrue higher labor costs.

Steel:

A large majority of all steel manufactured today comes from recycled materials. This recycling usage makes the material much cheaper when compared to other materials. Although the price of steel can fluctuate, it typically remains a less expensive option compared to reinforced concrete.

3.  Material Availability

Concrete:

With imported cement supplementing domestic supplies, skyrocketing shipping rates and limited freight transport have resulted in higher costs and unreliable supply.

Despite tight supplies of cement in some regions, the impacts have been greatest on smaller companies, builders, or contractors. Developers are using concrete frame buildings in every building sector and count on concrete for stable pricing and availability regionally. Cement companies are rapidly expanding and domestic capacity was expected to increase by 2008.

Steel:

Steel availability has been the subject of more than a few conversations lately, with the blame placed on the ever-expanding construction activity. However, experts from the steel industry are eager to dispel the myth that there simply isn’t enough steel to go around.

Over the past year, there’s been a lot of misperception out there in terms of the availability of material. There is no shortage. In 2004, usage was about 4 million tons of wide-flange structural product, which means there is certainly adequate capacity to meet any growth in the foreseeable future. Structural steel is readily available.

4. Construction Scheduling

Concrete:

Buildings with concrete can almost always be built faster. When compared to structural steel, sometimes twice as fast. It is not uncommon for cast-in-place reinforced concrete buildings to rise one floor every other day. Developers can finish jobs faster, earn a profit, recoup capital, and move on to the next project.”

When those ready-mix trucks pop up on-site, they need to come in, dump and leave very quickly. The faster the building is completed, the sooner the owner can allow occupancy and begin collecting income from tenants.

Steel:

We believe structural steel framing systems are the way of the future. We believe that they result in an accelerated schedule. We also believe that quality is enhanced because of off-site fabrication and that the productivity opportunities that exist in construction can be best addressed in off-site fabrication with a reduction of actual on-site time and on-site construction.”

Advancements in building information modeling have integrated the design, detailing, and fabrication of steel, which have resulted in an accelerated process. Design programs and CAD packages can pass information through a CIS/2 neutral database as a 3-D model to detailing and shop floor fabrication programs. This is compressing the steel portion of the schedule of projects by 40 or 50 percent. This productivity increases position steel as a viable construction material both now and in the future.

5. Design Possibilities

Concrete:

Concrete buildings are taking shape – many different shapes – everywhere. In addition to the unique aesthetics achieved with concrete construction, these buildings offer some very real space advantages.

With proper engineering, the concrete building can also offer beautiful designs.

Steel:

Steel has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any construction material and with new construction methods, steel buildings remain a popular choice for office and multifamily developers. Use of girder slab, staggered truss, and castellated beam construction enables lower floor-to-floor heights than typically expected in structural steel buildings.

Looking for long spans of column-free space? Steel delivers. Steel can accomplish extremely long spans in structures with very open-bay footprints without intermediate columns. It’s a very flexible material in terms of different ways to address design requirements.

6. Environmental Considerations

Concrete:

Concrete is a material that is often locally sourced and thus typically requires minimal energy to transport to building sites. Rebar for concrete is often produced from recycled steel. At end of life, concrete can be crushed and recycled but the recycled material cannot be used for new building concrete.

Steel:

According to the British publication Building, 85% of steel is recycled, a process made easier by the fact that magnets are used in the process to sort steel. New steel made from scrapped steel uses about one-third of the energy necessary for steel from virgin materials. Steel fabrication made be done at a significant distance from a building site, increasing the energy needed for transport.

If you haven’t decided which side you’re on, don’t worry. Your education on steel and concrete buildings has only just begun.

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To conclude, both technologies are used by an equal majority of builders today making both unique and useful in their own ways. Which is better, you ask? This solely depends on the kind of project one is looking to put up. The aforementioned pointers will help you decide which material better suits your needs.

If you are still curious about structural steel and are willing to read more about the technology, visit www.stratus-steel.com. We have drafted a simple technology overview that will cater to your questions.

Stratus Steel

Pick the ‘BEST LGSF PATNER’ for your project

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With Light Gauge Steel Framing gaining momentum in the construction industry, we have tons of companies selling light gauge steel. 

It is highly important that one chooses to partner with a company that offers top-notch LGSF technology as well as an end-to-end solution. Whether you’re considering Light gauge steel for a specific project or thinking of establishing an LGSF construction business, getting support from the right partner is an essential strategy to maximize project ROI and ensure sustainable business success. 

Some of the pointers one should look for in an LGSF partner are listed below 

1. A partner who leads by design : 

Efficient, high-quality engineering is an important factor required to be profitable in the LGSF construction industry. So, it’s important to look for a partner who applies an integrated, design-led building model that can merge the design, engineering, manufacturing and construction process into one efficient, effective and innovative system. Some light gauge steel software packages have very limited or no engineering capability and will require additional detailed analysis from an engineer. Choosing an end-to-end system that combines both engineering and design software in one integrated package ensures a fast and efficient process that can output fully engineered designs to save costs in compliance and rework. Seamless integration with BIM tools, like Revit, is also a must for modern construction methods. BIM technologies deliver many benefits throughout the construction process, but to be truly effective, systems must be easily and seamlessly integrated, ensuring the final BIM design model is reflective of all and any changes. Companies like Stratus Steel ensure integration with Framecad is easy, fast and efficient. 

2. A partner whose technology enables rapid production & labor savings;

 Consider systems that offer a wide range of advanced manufacturing and tooling functions. This allows high productivity and versatile output for the production of roof trusses, wall frames, and floor joists — all to exact measurements – saving time and costly wastage during construction. And when combined with integrated detailed design speeds up compliance, reduces engineering cost and minimizes room for error on-site. 

Using advanced tooling functionality the best light gauge steel equipment ensures all parts produced are pre-punched, numbered and labeled too, which means no welding, cutting or riveting is needed on-site, making it very easy to assemble with common tools and unskilled labor. You can also achieve significant reductions in the labor required both in your factory and onsite. 

Stratus Steel with its superior technology and well-known design systems ensures you get your structure up in no time and in the most cost-efficient way possible.

3. A partner who can provide training and support for your team;

One of the biggest obstacles that project owners, developers and builders face when constructing with light gauge steel is a lack of education for designers, detailers, engineers and installation staff. It can be a challenge to find University courses that teach design and detailing methods for LGSF over traditional materials. 

Choose an LGSF partner who can provide you with a support network of easily accessible design and installation training, technical support, and LGSF construction knowledge and expertise. 

Stratus Steel has a well-skilled design team at its end and also takes up training sessions for your team so the project can be implemented smoothly. We take this training seriously and urge our clients to do so too. 

4. A partner who provides a complete solution, not just a machine;

In most cases, designing, engineering, and building with light gauge steel require a complete facelift in the way you approach construction projects. Traditional methods and traditional thinking no longer apply when constructing with an LGSF mindset. 

To truly scale an LGSF business, you need a partner who is invested in your success through the provision of real-time business tools. 

Look for a partner who can provide business intelligence and support to you at every stage of your operation. Companies like Stratus Steel provide manufacturing, design, tendering and manufacturing support to all our partners. We also provide advisory for onsite supervision and installation while also guiding you through your sourcing and procurement process. 

For more, visit www.stratus-steel.com today!