Saint-Gobain’s case study demonstrating Light steel frame construction benefits

Stand 47, is a contemporary, state-of -the-art, modern and architecturally engaging home that demonstrates the concepts of adaptability, innovation and efficiency using Saint-Gobain products. The home is being built as a “case study” using state of the art building materials with the main structure constructed using a light steel frame system. Light steel frame construction systems offer effective solutions meeting the objectives of the Stand 47 project, being, to provide a showcase of how best to design and spec contemporary homes using innovative and sustainable building materials. 


There are a number of myths surrounding the use of light steel frame construction and the Stand 47 project aims to debunk these myths by proving that this method of construction provides reliability, quality, efficiency, rapidity, functionality and value for money. This construction method provides flexibility to build better buildings with engineered precision, aligned to offer contemporary architectural solutions that employ available technologies to create a quality home. 


When the building plans were submitted for approval to the Tshwane Plans Control Department, the approvals team took an active interest in the Light Steel Frame Construction building technology, by requesting a training session at Saint-Gobain to familiarize themselves with the technical aspects of the products. This session was attended by eight officials and a building inspector for Monaghan Farm, and was facilitated by John Barnard from the SASFA (Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association) and Farayi 

Muhamba, Saint-Gobain Building Systems Specialist. 


The direct benefits of using light steel frame construction 


Steel is resistant, it represents incomparable resistance to moisture, fire, corrosion, storm, termites and other pests. With a highly effective galvanization process, light gauge steel profiles demonstrate durability under a range of conditions for decades. The strength of steel is unquestionable, said to be 21 times more flexible than timber and 10 times more than reinforced concrete. In addition, it is designed to offer better fire resistance and improved safety profiles. Thermal insulation can be specified to be superior to conventional brick and mortar buildings, and results in lower energy costs overtime. 


Steel is practical and flexible. Light steel frame construction is a rapid construction system, it requires short lead times, minimum time on site, rapid and practical assembly without highly skilled labour or specialist equipment. The “light” construction and installation phase means that the building has less of a direct impact on the local environment, leading to less disruption over a shorter period. Given its adaptability, horizontal and vertical additions can be changed easily when required. 


Steel is reliable and efficient; the construction duration is short and is not affected by season or climate. It is said that Light Steel construction can save up to 30% of the construction time. It presents limited error as all junctions are exactly 90 degrees and walls are straight. It’s light weight offers a mass saving of 90% when compared with a double skin brick 



Steel is ecological. Steel is made from recyclable material, so the consumption of natural resources is limited. Dismounting and portability of the material contributes to the ecology of the construction. Steel is not harmful, proven to be free of toxicological and allergic effect. 


Stand 47 is currently under construction and the entire process is being documented on the visual diary. Go to for a step by step overview of the “case study” and learn more about which Saint-Gobain products are being used to construct this contemporary home that will perform acoustically, thermally and aesthetically leveraging innovative construction materials. 


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