LSF Advantages Overview
LSF systems possess numerous advantages; we outline a few here but we know there are many more because each project and client is unique and LSF is so adaptable.
QUALITY & PERFORMANCE
- Steel frame structures require less than half the electricity to heat and cool to thermal levels compared to brick based structures.
- LSF delivers energy directives, with U values as low as 0.15W/m²ºC and better than part L and E requirements.
- It offers great acoustic performance.
- It conforms with Code for Sustainable Homes requirements.
ACCURATE & BESPOKE
- LSF offers a high degree of tolerance and dimensional accuracy, meaning straight lines for follow on trades. Service ducts and runs may also be created within LSF components during the design and manufacture stage, which reduces on-site works such as chasing out, drilling or infill.
- LSF systems offer highly adaptable and flexible components, enabling architectural intent to be easily realised. Prefabricated components like balconies, penthouses, walkways, lift shafts and porches can be built into the basic design.
- Late design changes can often be accommodated, with fewer problems arising than in traditional construction.
- Delivered to site in bulk ‘just in time’, meaning a positive impact on cashflow and reduced site security risk.
INERT, STABLE & PREDICTABLE
- LSF is waterproof. It can be installed in wet and inclement conditions, which lessens the risk of programme slippage.
- LSF is a ‘dry trade’ using warm frame construction, meaning reduced moisture in the building and reduced risk of condensation. This means far fewer instances of cracking or long term movement due to shrinkage. Aftercare call-outs to rectify cracking and damage are virtually eliminated, reducing costs and increasing resident satisfaction.
- LSF does not shrink or creep under load, so that there is no need to wait during construction process for settlement to occur.
- LSF components are zinc coated, giving protection from any corrosion for the life of the structure.
- Steel is inorganic, which provides peace of mind against rot, infestations or fire damage. This gives rise to a lower level of maintenance compared with traditional building materials.
LSF installation is at least 30% faster than traditional build. This means that the superstructure can be watertight faster, which allows first fix in quickly and keeps the scheme to programme. This can reduce site, finance & management costs, and it can enable a swifter return on investment with early rental income or business use.
STRONG YET LIGHT
- In typical projects, the steel frame weighs only 10% of a concrete frame and also far less than timber, typically only 20kg per sq.m. This reduces foundation/piling requirements and is ideal for brownfield sites. Shallower foundations are faster to create and cause less disruption on site, yet there is a stronger connection where the foundations are riveted and screwed together rather than nailed as with timber.
- No specialist lifting equipment is needed, so installation is logistically easy and fast. One LSF installation team can match the performance of multiple brick-laying squads, saving time and money.
- Spans of over 7 metres are achievable, enabling design flexibility, creation of open plan space and inventive use of roof space. It can also make very slim wall profiles possible, giving the potential to increase floor space or increase the number of plots on a site.
- LSF side or rooftop extensions, conversions and additional floors to existing buildings are far lighter, meaning they can be larger/taller/more complex.