Turnkey Architectural Design and Project Management.
Specializing in green building technologies like Light Steel Frame structures.
Full off grid solutions with solar, wind and water harvesting offered.
Generally speaking, no.
Higher base material costs in South Africa tends to put Light Steel Frame on par with conventional construction methods from a costing point of view.
Savings are generally realized via a reduced construction period as well as reduced heating and cooling costs.
LSF construction has it's own national building code (SANS:517) and complies with national building regulations.
Banks like Absa and FNB where forerunners in financing these buildings.
To name a few examples.
Cold Formed steel contains a high percentage of recycled content.
Other products usually used in these buildings include Recycled composite materials like WPC decking and cladding.
The internal insulation batts are usually made of up to 80% recycled glass fiber materials.
The overall heating and cooling needs of these homes are also very low, translating in less carbon emissions caused by electricity production.
This brings up the "How long is a piece of string?" phrase.
Every building has it's own unique sets of challenges and cost components.
Even an identical building on 2 different sites can have vastly different final costs.
factors like site location, Site access, Site topography, owner/client cash-flow restrictions and project duration all come into play.
We quote each project interdependently.
Our minimum design charge for a new build or alteration is set at R20,000 ex Vat.
Unfortunately, additions and the like can take as much time to design as a new build, so the cost to company is comparatively high when measured to the output.