Steel Framing: sustainable construction

18 Oct 2017

Fast, flexible and efficient, the system allows to save up to 60% more energy than a traditional wet work, and it consolidates as one of the highest growth dry construction techniques around the world.

The convenience of Steel Framing’s modular system has already revolutionized the building industry in Europe and countries such as The United States, Canada or Australia. Whereas, around these latitudes, more and more building companies and architecture firms in Argentina –and the rest of Latin America– are starting to choose this dry solution, attracted by its speed and flexibility.

There are many benefits of Steel Framing as compared to other building techniques, but one of its most relevant features is sustainability.

Energy saving
Due to its higher thermal resistance, a home built with Steel Framing can save up to 60% more energy than a house built with cement and bricks. The use of thermal and acoustic insulation makes this type of construction suitable for any kind of weather and use, reducing significantly the cost of energy for heating and air conditioning.
For instance: a house built with Steel Framing which includes 10 centimeter-wide glass wool provides 14 times more thermal resistance than ordinary 15 centimeter-wide brick masonry, and almost 7.5 more times than one made with hollow brick. “Houses can also be energy self-sufficient through solar panels or any other type of renewable system generation. Therefore, it is essential that the construction is well insulated,” explains Lucas Pedrazzi, director of DESUR Desarrollos y Urbanizaciones S.A.

Waste reduction
At the same time, the fact that it is possible to make a structural calculation of the right quantity of profiles to be used in the work keep wasted materials at a minimum. In addition, its galvanized profiles have high reuse capability. In fact, steel is a material that can be recycled once and again without losing its quality or resistance. According to the director of Acero Perfil, architect Alejandro J. Viegas “the carbon footprint of a wall made with Steel Framing is, in average, 25% lower than the same construction with traditional wet work.”

Reduction of environment impact
By the same token, Martín Muratore, Head of Barbieri’s Technical Area, adds: “in Steel Framing panels can be assembled at the factory and then transported to the site. Thus, weather conditions do not affect the system. On the other hand, as they are very light, the impact is reduced in natural areas.”

In order to help the growth of constructions with Steel Framing, Ternium has developed an App with all the necessary information to plan this kind of projects. With a few simple steps, the materials needed for Dry Wall, Steel Framing and Roofs can be calculated in the fastest and most efficient way, and with full suppliers’ information.

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