Quick to build, cost-effective and energy efficient – light steel frame structures are proving to be the “homes of the future”.
“The benefits of a light steel frame build are considerable, and include being far stronger than bricks and mortar, as well as being 50% faster to construct than brick equivalents,” says Gisela Spingies, Pam Golding Properties agent for Somerset West. A brand-new home in Rome Glen is a prime example of this world-class product that looks set to revolutionise the South African construction industry. Listed for R5.49 million, the light steel frame home at 8 Latin Quarter boasts a modern, spacious layout with three sizable bedrooms and double-volume living areas offering spectacular mountain views.
The home is being built by AnderBuilt Construction in association with Futurecon, one of the pioneers of this innovative light steel frame technology. The light steel frame building industry – introduced to South Africa in 2010 – is reportedly growing at a rate of 25% annually. AnderBuilt Construction says this is in part because light steel builds are quicker, more cost-effective and more precise than other building methods. Furthermore, light steel frames offer superior thermal and acoustic insulation and are not affected by weather conditions.
Spingies adds: “Steel, as the world’s most recycled product, is environmentally friendly with an 80% reduced carbon footprint. It is also cost-effective as price hikes of steel are less common than other materials. There are so many benefits to using this material.” The material is eco-conscious with an estimated 600-year durability. Easier to maintain, it is resistant to termites, fungus and other organisms. It is also incombustible, making it a safer option for homes, hospitals and schools.
One of the greatest benefits of this method of construction is that the material is fully customizable to the client’s requirements and architectural style, says Spingies. “This flexibility of design, as well as absolute adherence to green construction practices, means that we are expecting to be seeing many more of these light steel frame builds in the future. It is so much easier to achieve cutting-edge design with this material.”
According to a recent Pam Golding Properties agents’ survey, 62% believe that the demand for properties that incorporate green features while reducing operating costs will increase steadily over the next decade. “Buyers are concerned about the sustainability of their environment, as well as the rising cost of amenities such as water and electricity. We are already seeing a strong interest in homes that offer energy-efficient measures. Light steel frame homes tick all of these boxes, with the added bonus of allowing for innovative designs as well,” says Louise Varga, Pam Golding Properties branch manager for the Boland and Overberg.