Light Steel Framing Magazine - Issue 5

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P20 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED Offsite Awards – Best Use of Steel Technology Showcasing 10 Shortlisted Projects





Best Practise and Supply Chain Engagement – The Key to Specifying Sustainable Steel

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Industry News Highlighting the latest construction industry initiatives, project developments and building technology innovations in the UK light steel framing sector.



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Steel Construction Institute (SCI) Mark Lawson consultant to the SCI writes about the stability of light steel framing and their work on the diaphragm action of boards.



Focus on Framing One of the most anticipated events in the construction industry calendar, attended by over 100 delegates from across the whole spectrum of the steel construction sector.

Offsite Expo Showcasing one of the most comprehensive displays of light steel framing technologies, the conference and exhibition brings together those who are driving change in the construction sector.







The company is owned and managed by Enda Byrne and MJ Lomax, both highly experienced in the industry, bringing a combined wealth of knowledge spanning 50 years. The founders became acutely aware of a gap in the construction services market for initially modular residential building systems, seemingly as a direct result of several modular building companies experiencing significant growth and moving onto larger projects in the commercial and healthcare sectors. In 2016, Byrne and Lomax founded a highly focused building system business to maximise the opportunities within the residential sector. At that time, only a handful of modular companies were semi-active in this arena, offering various volumetric and panelised


systems with bespoke designs, eventually deemed non-compliant with then-current standards. The key to success for new entrants to penetrate the market was to develop a product range fully compliant with current design codes and building regulations. Carlow Build designs and manufactures all modular systems at its state-ofthe-art facility in Southeast Ireland for direct supply and installation by market affiliates and trade partners. They are currently making progress on setting up a UK-based production facility for later this year/Q1 2023. The company is well on course to establish itself as a market leader in the provision of modular building systems in the delivery of large-scale residential, commercial and departmental buildings.


Carlow Build’s Approach The competitive position of Carlow Build is underpinned by the in-depth technical knowledge and experience of the founding Directors. MJ Lomax has 25 years in the manufacturing industry, and Enda Byrne, a qualified structural engineer, has spent 20 years in the construction and consultancy sectors. Their extensive market knowledge and trade connections are reflected in the innovative modular design and service processes, supported by a lean and efficient production model, which together define a sustainable competitive position. Factory production of modular units is easier, more efficient, and costeffective. It also facilitates higher levels of quality control than traditional onsite construction methods. The production




of stock items ensures constant availability. Carlow Build is also highly committed to minimising the impact of its activities on both the local and global environments. In line with this commitment, they implement carbon accounting and management protocols per ISO 14064 – Green House Gases, specification with guidance at the organisational level for quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions and removals. Projectspecific carbon budgets are produced upon a customer’s request to support carbon accounting which is now a major component of bid analysis.

needs and standards required by residential housing developers. Within the factory, process effectiveness and efficiency are constantly monitored and improved through better methodologies and designs. Over the last 24 months the emphasis has moved to new product design and increased productisation of solutions for residential applications where the potential scope to scale business is significant and sustainable. The current housing deficit in the market presents real challenges at the government, local authority, and private sector levels.

The Carlow Build system provides developers and, ultimately, construction clients with assurances of quality, programme, and ease of installation due to the innovative design, factory production techniques, and simple connection details for site assembly. The design and detailing of this system are critical to its success on every project. A blend of structural steel design, finite element analysis, and 3D Building Information Modelling (BIM) is required on all schemes. This high level of in-house technical skill provides a truly unique customer experience. The company’s research and product development team was initially successful in obtaining Irish Agreement Approval and more recently achieved SCI/NHBC approval for up to five-storey residential construction. The system has also reached the patent-pending stage in both UK and Ireland. Effectiveness and Efficiency The business is highly design and innovation lead. To date, the priority has been developing a core range of modular solutions to meet specific

The availability of good quality affordable development land, restrictive planning procedures, onerous building regulation requirements, conventional costly delivery strategies, and construction techniques mean the landscape for housing delivery will need to be drastically changed and rethought. Put quite simply, the construction aspect of these projects can now be taken offsite to the controlled environs of the factory floor, where quality, innovation, and speed of delivery can be much more controlled and anticipated. A significant portion of Carlow Build’s resources is dedicated to servicing the requirements of UK and Irish developers together with local authorities. With an objective to be rapidly established as a key supply chain partner to large-scale development companies, Carlow Build wants to ensure its building system gains acceptance as an industry norm as part of a new delivery approach. At first glance, offsite construction seems ideally suited to the house building industry. Given the high level of site and building regulations, together with ensuing costs and extensions to

04 construction programmes it seems logical to move as much work as possible to the factory floor. Industry Best Practice The fully integrated operation in Carlow is accessible to Dublin and Rosslare ports. Production buildings of over 7,500m2 are ideal for largescale production and graduated expansion. Core functions include design, estimating, NPD, technical assistance and QA together with LGS-design, production, and logistics. All production is made to relevant British Standards and EuroNorms and industry best practices. At the design stage, each project undergoes rigorous structural design using cutting-edge analysis software and the option of 3D BIM modelling at both approval and construction stages. The production cycle from design approval to factory and delivery averages seven days. The current plant capacity is approximately 900 residential units per annum. Future Expansion Expanding into larger markets other than the UK is a logical step and forms part of Carlow Build’s long-term strategy. Research has confirmed that, similar to the UK and Irish markets, significant technical expertise, accreditations, and quality control are essential for new entrants to the Northern European markets.

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Fusion Steel Framing Limited has announced it has been acquired by leading housebuilder, The Hill Group. Following the acquisition, Fusion will remain at its 80,000 sq foot advanced manufacturing facility in Northampton, retaining a large proportion of the company’s experienced design and manufacturing team who will now support Hill in enhancing the award-winning housebuilder’s capabilities in modern methods of construction (MMC). Mike Fairey, Managing Director at Fusion Steel Framing comments: “As a newly acquired part of Hill, we look forward to continuing our marketleading innovations in advanced structural light steel framing and delivery of high-quality manufacturing. This new chapter will see us delivering on a range of exciting projects in Hill’s pipeline while also enjoying the scope to service existing external contracts and pursue new ones within the sector.”


Under Hill’s ownership, Fusion will focus on designing, manufacturing, and installing structural light steel framing technology in mid-rise developments for apartments, student accommodation, care homes and hotels. The manufacturing operation will focus on capital intensive roll-forming and assembly of light steel frames using lean manufacturing processes and procedures. The advanced manufacturing facility will also have the capability to provide structural kits for volumetric modules, bathroom/shower pods and prefabricated utility cupboards (PUCs), offering the opportunity for fully integrated structures.

futureproofing in modern methods of construction through developing and prototyping the very latest offsite manufacturing technology to maximise premanufactured value (PMV) and optimise Design for Manufacture Assembly (DfMA) potential.

Hill has long been an innovator in MMC through its investment in Volumetric Modular Ltd which constructs specially designed modular homes known as SoloHaus, alongside bathroom pods and prefabricated utility cupboards. Fusion will now support Hill in expanding its impressive work in the MMC space, ensuring a high degree of

“The move also supports our goal to reach net carbon zero by 2030, as we consider MMC and offsite manufacturing a major part of the solution in making housebuilding more efficient and sustainable.”


Andy Hill, Chief Executive at The Hill Group comments: “This strategic investment gives The Hill Group a competitive advantage in harnessing the potential of modern methods of construction, not only in developing creative new housebuilding options but also in terms of cost control, surety of supply and quality of finished product.”


BRITISH OFFSITE OFFERS A RANGE OF SOLUTIONS TO THE COMPLEXITIES OF MODERN HOUSEBUILDING BY UTILISING BEST IN CLASS MODERN METHODS OF CONSTRUCTION ALONGSIDE TRADITIONAL CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES. By bringing critical processes off-site, project teams can eliminate risk and take total control over their final design solutions. This, alongside traditional on-site volume housebuilding methods, results in a hybrid solution that eases the pressure of delivering world-class architecture and design. This results in development projects that benefit from: • Acceleration of overall delivery/completion • Reduced site waste • A reduction in on-site inventory (ie less breakage/wastage) • No more labour/skills shortages • Better cash-flow management • Improved health & safety issues • Reduced noise pollution & disruption

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DUDLEY’S SUCCESS ON SWEET STREET PROJECT Works on a new £34million light steel frame residential development have been completed in Leeds city centre. Managing the project for client Oakapple Group, Structural and Civil Engineering consultancy Dudleys were delighted to deliver the significant scheme on Sweet Street, comprising 216 units. Pin Yard is a 12-storey build to rent (BTR) offering a mix of studio, one, two and three-bedroom apartments alongside a private gym, lounge, co-use working spaces, gardens and a basement car park. The project is on a former warehouse site in the South Bank area. Grainger PLC, the UK’s largest listed private landlord, provided forward funding with planning consent for the site gained in 2019. Grainger will handle the scheme and will operate rentals within its BTR Portfolio.

Following completion of the project, Paul Brownlow, Dudley’s Director, said: “We are delighted to complete this significant scheme on behalf of Oakapple Group. As a local consultancy we are very familiar with the regional landscape and built environment. The project was not without its challenges, due to the tight site constrained by two main roads and delays caused by the pandemic. We have worked closely with the delivery team to complete a scheme of exacting standards, using advanced techniques that we are very proud of.”

Speaking for Oakapple Group, Chairman Phil Taylor congratulated the team on the projects successful completion saying: “It’s certainly not been easy for us but despite everything we have all had to face over the last 12 months, we continue to work together as a team. We are delighted the project completed successfully and we will definitely look to negotiate further projects with Dudleys.” Image: Oakapple Group

EOS FRAMING GAIN BOPAS ACCREDITATION Leading steel framing innovators EOS have reported that the company has been awarded Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS) Accreditation. BOPAS Accreditation is recognised by principal mortgage lenders as providing the necessary assurance underpinned by a warranty provision that the property will be readily mortgageable for at least 60 years. For funders and lenders BOPAS provides assurances that EOS Framing’s light steel systems are fit for purpose and eliminates the uncertainty surrounding the construction for valuation purposes. It also removes the risk for developers of mortgages being declined on construction grounds and improves business opportunities for EOS as a manufacturer of offsite systems. BOPAS demonstrates to funders, lenders, valuers and purchasers that homes built from non-traditional methods will be durable, delivered to high quality standards and stand the test of time. Managing Director of EOS, Steve Thompson stressed the importance of certification and accreditation:


“We take our responsibilities as a manufacture extremely seriously. Our light steel frame systems are rigorously tested, manufactured under ISO 9001:2015 quality management standards and are now backed by BOPAS Accreditation. Our aim is to deliver confidence and certainty in the construction process and empower specifiers to be technical forerunners in the offsite sector. “This achievement has only been made possible by our dedicated team who share our vision and


values. My thanks and appreciation goes out to all those involved.” Against a backdrop of government targets to build 300,000 homes a year combined with increasing construction costs and poor quality conventionally constructed houses as well as a huge shortfall in traditional skills – the demand for innovative offsite construction methods has never been greater.

OUR SFS IS FIRE TESTED Light-gauge steel manufacturers have a responsibility to perform fire tests on several wall and floor construction types. It has never been more important than now. Utilising different build-ups with various board and insulation manufacturers, DWSS has invested heavily in a stringent ongoing fire test programme since 2021.


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AMBITIOUS PLANS FOR MCCARTHY STONE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY SITE PROJECT Beginning construction this year, McCarthy Stone has announced they will be developing 40 new retirement community sites utilising modern methods of construction (MMC). The ambitious plan will see the first sites in Warminster, West Bridgford, Stratford-UponAvon, and Broadstairs under construction this year, with the remaining sites scheduled for completion by 2024. MMC will use an eco-friendly and dynamic light steel framing (LSF), offsite structural solution provided in partnership with Sigmat. The utilisation of MMC will enable fast-tracking of the delivery of high-quality, energy-efficient and cost-friendly retirement homes for the elderly. The partnership recently achieved NHBC Accreditation for their unique apartment system using LSF. The company is one of the first UK retirement community developers to begin delivering offsite built housing and the only one to provide it on a nationwide scale. A recent McCarthy Stone project, an MMC retirement community in Hexham, reduced build times by 15%, and the company aims to cut future build times by 25%. The retirement home scheme will also aid the government’s Heat and Building Strategy, designed to reduce carbon emissions.

CEO of McCarthy Stone, John Tonkiss, announced further details, including the goal of building 50% of their retirement homes utilising this method as part of their long-term plan. Construction Minister Lee Rowley MP said of the project: "I am pleased to see McCarthy Stone will be expanding their commitment to delivering more retirement housing using modern methods of construction. Their cleaner and cheaper construction method is helping the UK meet its net zero targets while also providing high-quality housing for our aging population."

both McCarthy Stone and Sigmat. We are delighted to have been selected as McCarthy Stone's LSF partner of choice on their journey to fully embrace MMC and the benefits it brings. By partnering with McCarthy Stone we are committed to setting new standards in delivering retirement living portfolios, providing NHBC-approved quality structures, manufactured offsite at our Leeds manufacturing facility for the UK retirement market." Image: McCarthy Stone

Sigmat has also spoken about their excitement for the partnership, with Paul Smith, Managing Director, saying: “This is a hugely exciting collaboration for

FORECAST SHOWS 4% CAGR INCREASE IN GLOBAL LIGHT STEEL FRAMING MARKET The 2021-2031 forecast has reported a 4% growth projection (estimated) in the Light Steel Framing Market across all regions. The report has prompted major manufacturers to focus on costeffective steel framing solutions to the construction sector in order to address the needs of end users. Designed for construction of prefabricated buildings, these modern systems ensure maximum utility space without the requirement for complex building foundations. Simple to erect on shallow foundations, the flooring systems are designed based on loading parameters. Acting as primary as well as secondary structures in steel construction and building technologies, the systems can either be used as individual framing members or roofing, floors,


and walls, utilised in place of conventional structures. The light steel systems offer higher security and safety with less probability of failure. Advantages include fast and easy transportation and quick construction. Further benefits include the lower construction cost, and environmentally friendly materials used to create a sustainable building technology that takes into account future environmental impact. Becoming increasingly popular in a variety of commercial and industrial settings, light steel systems offer several advantages. Increased spans, modular entry points, contoured walls, and various external precast treatments are made possible thanks to increased flexibility and strength, creating a versatile building material. The technology uses fewer components in order to maintain the building’s structure, making it an ideal and cost-effective expedited procedure ideal for housing projects requiring


a large number of units. Factory manufacture of structural and non-structural elements of the framing reduces project site work, reduces waste, and improves building quality. In the European Market, adoption of strict government legislation and regulations governing the use of modern civil engineering techniques in the building sector has boosted the market’s growth. Meaning the industry will likely see a rise in the market across the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy. A number of leading suppliers and manufacturers are named in the report, providing insight into the various solutions provided by architectural, engineering, and construction professionals that will help optimize every aspect of the building along with a sustainable design. You can get a free sample of the report at


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MIDDLESBROUGH-BASED TEKGROUP TRANSFORM NATURE SITE The TekConstruct branch of TekGroup has been working closely with leading UK construction and engineering firm Tilbury Douglas to deliver a much-needed school for youngsters with special educational needs. The project, built on a former Nature’s World site on Sandy Flatts Lane has seen a speedy turnaround thanks to the partnership. Working collaboratively since the start of the project, through to manufacture and delivery to site, the two companies were able to deliver an install time of 12-13 weeks. The local and wider community welcomed the project following the Middlesbrough Council voting unanimously for the construction of the purpose-built Discovery Special Academy. TekGroup Managing Director Andy Scholes spoke about the project: “For us it’s been brilliant because it has meant we have worked alongside a tier one main contractor on this project and local work, which is fantastic, even though we work nationwide. “We haven’t done much in the area recently so to get another job here for our locally-based workforce has been nice. To be the first choice for Tilbury Douglas is perfect too. It has represented repeat business for us and that is the best type of work because it highlights the good job you do. Tilbury

Douglas has been brilliant to work with and are extremely professional.” Since the 2017 founding of TekGroup by Paul Hutchinson, the company has gone from strength to strength. Based at their 30,000-sq ft factory and office complex on Sotheby Road, Middlesbrough, the company added TekConstruct to their various strands in November 2021, adding to the existing TekBuild, TekFrame and TekDesign. TekGroup business development manager Anthony Pepper said: “It is going to be a special academy and one we are delighted to have played a huge part in constructing. We have installed light steel wall panels with Y-wall render boards to the external face and OSB boards to the roof. “We received architect drawings and the engineering information before setting out the design programme to reflect the intended design, also attending a number of weekly meetings. It has been fantastic to see it develop and take shape.


the lower ground and ground floor alongside 60 residential flats. There will be associated public realm developments and landscaping throughout the area, including a courtyard, disabled parking and cycling parking. It will also provide a mix of communal roof terraces, inset balconies and gardens.

Design and installation company Intelligent Steel Solutions is partnering with Henley Construct to deliver the Beamhouse Yard, a mixed-use development in Croydon. Intelligent Steel will provide the light weight steel frame above the first-floor slab on the eightstorey development.

The scheme will use modern methods of construction while materials used will be in keeping with the local environment and the area’s historical context. A vertical rhythm using a variety of brickwork textures will use recessed shadow gaps, decorative spandrels and continuous vertical reveals to provide a finer grain and modulation to the façade.

Designed by Maccreanor Lavington Architects, the project will include building a variety of one, two and three-storey homes. Located at the entrance to a weekly street market that has been in operation since the 13th century, the design will create an architecturally robust building that fuses with the existing character and aesthetic of the area. Following the demolition of the existing building, redevelopment will include commercial units on


The benefits of light steel construction in residential buildings – performance characteristics in fire, acoustic, thermal and structural performance – are well known. Intelligent Steel is working collaboratively with Henley Construct’s in-house architectural teams to efficiently calculate clash detection and accessibility issues prior to construction start, speeding the process up by up to 40% compared to traditional methods. Lightweight for medium-rise and mix-use buildings where residential floors are supported on a podium level reduce foundation requirements.


The intentions throughout have been met with the assistance of Tilbury Douglas and architectural designer HLP UK.” The delivery of the Discovery Special Academy brings to a head five years of planning since Tees Valley Education Multi Academy Trust began talks with the DfE. It is hoped the school will open in the summer, offering much needed places for 84 students aged 4 to 11. TekGroup are delighted to have been involved in the project, which will create a safe and engaging place where children with special needs and disabilities can learn. The success of the project also highlights the company’s progression and expansion over a short period of time. Image: Tees Valley Education Multi Academy Trust

The street market will remain open throughout the works, with LSF construction meaning minimal disruption to local businesses and facilities. Waste recycling in manufacture will also help to reduce onsite waste. The Beamhouse Yard development will be complete in late 2022. Image: Henley Construct


MORRISON CONSTRUCTION PROVIDE STEEL GUIDANCE FOR PASSIVHAUS TRUST Utilising their expertise in the commercial steel framing environment, Morrison Construction has been helping develop and adapt carbon-reducing principles as part of a steering group working with Passivhaus Trust. In line with the Galliford Try Group's Sustainable Growth Strategy, Morrison Construction has set an ambitious goal of achieving net-zero carbon across its operations by 2030 and all activities by 2045. Working with the trust as a patron member since delivering Blackridge Early Years Centre in 2021, the first public early years building in Scotland constructed and certified to Passivhaus standard, Morrison has continued to expand their knowledge of this area. Now their partnership has seen Morrison contribute to new guidance documents that highlight the use of Passivhaus Principles in steel construction projects. The project forms a precursor to a full white paper document due for publication later this year. With the construction industry bringing the energy efficiency of buildings under scrutiny, Passivhaus

has long been a recognised system of principles designed to help homes meet the zero carbon agenda. The system is one of the preferred methods used by the Scottish government in creating a lowcarbon built environment. Talking about their contribution to the project, Morrison Construction Low Carbon Manager Allan Smith said, “we have learned so much since adopting the Passivhaus principles into our low

carbon thinking a few years ago. It is fantastic that our understanding is now so mature that we can help share our experience on best practices in how to apply the principles in commercial construction settings and be at the forefront of the drive to reduce carbon in our built environment." Further guidance and information visit:


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An increased focus on sustainability and recognition of the social and environmental responsibilities of the construction industry has prompted A. Proctor Group to set up a dedicated Sustainability Focus Group demonstrating the commitment of the company to achieving positive impact through action. The group led by A. Proctor Managing Director Keira Proctor brings together a fourteen-strong collective of specialists covering technical, operations, manufacturing, IT, marketing, sales, and accounts. The group is a new initiative however the company has already been instrumental in driving improvements in energy efficiency, waste reduction and recycling.

A project to improve education accommodation in Cork is on track to welcome students ready for the 2022 academic year. The large-scale effort to replace the outdated and unsanitary flats is ongoing. The 53m Euro Ashlin House, the biggest development, is set to receive its first intake in the next academic year. Work has already begun on the 16,430sqm complex with five independent blocks providing 554- beds across 77 apartments with sweeping panoramic city views.

The complex will offer six-bed to 8-bed modular clusters with communal living spaces across four to six storey blocks. Floor-to-ceiling windows will enhance natural light and space for unrivalled cityscape views. Internal courtyards will provide outdoor space, while Walker Modular assembled ensuite bedrooms offsite. Light steel elements were manufactured offsite before delivery for installation. Tipperary-based firm Horizon Offsite supplied the framing. Reducing the amount of work done on-site helped mitigate the risk of Covid, with work beginning in May 2020.

Asset management firm Round Hill Capital named Clancy Construction as the main contractor for the project after securing funding. Also joining the venture are NBK Capital and O'Mahony Pike Architects. Des Riordan, Associate Director at Clancy Construction, confirmed the scheme was on track to successfully deliver on budget, on time and to a Class A quality finish. The project will set the standard for student accommodation in the city.

UK-based student accommodation provider Nido will take charge of the development management.


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Keira Proctor said of the initiative: “For more than 50 years, the group has been serving the construction industry with high-quality, innovative solutions. As a family business, we are committed to continuously improving how we protect our communities and environment and care for our employees and customers. Sustainability is fundamental to our corporate vision and business philosophy, to provide and care for the future legacy of the generations that follow us." “The creation of a dedicated Sustainability Focus Group has generated much interest within the business. The group will investigate and review our internal processes, materials, and work closely with our external supply chains and customers." “The focus group is committed to ensuring the A. Proctor Group can lower its environmental impact while still offering customers the highperformance products they need to maintain a healthy building fabric.” The Sustainability Focus Group will meet regularly and look forward to reporting on progress as this crucial work unfolds further. Image: A. Proctor Group



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Developed by the Light Steel Frame Association (LSFA) – the Technology Validation Guide outlines accreditations that certify system performance together with robust testing protocols and informative guidelines to support those manufacturing and specifying light steel framing (LSF) systems. As a proven and well-established offsite manufactured technology, light steel frame is trusted and widely used throughout the UK across all construction sectors however, this document covers residential and commercial bedspace only. LSFA members have demonstrated that light steel frame systems are innovative, extremely durable and a highly efficient alternative to traditional construction methods – backed by rigorous testing and high levels of certification.


Open-Source Freely available to download from the LSFA’s website, the Technology Validation Guide covers light steel frame infill and oversail together with panelised and volumetric modular systems. The accreditation pathway is determined by the type of system, the construction sector, and design parameters of the structure. Validation is provided by a variety of organisations who carry out assessments of the build system and supporting data.

Efficiently Engineered for Safety, Sustainability and Performance The versatility of steel offers architects the freedom to achieve their most ambitious visions and specifiers value its predictability, quality and safety assurances. As the construction industry looks to raise the safety bar since the banning of combustible materials in external walls above 18 metres, the light steel frame sector is witnessing unprecedented demand.

Testing is required for the structural elements along with building physics data for fire, thermal, acoustic, and structural perfomance, for example. The types of testing along with the organisations who can carry out this work are highlighted in the document along with the relevant test standards.

The amount of combustible material in a light steel framed building is much lower, therefore the fire risk during construction and when in use is vastly reduced. Steel is non-combustible and does not add to the fire load of a building – reducing the fuel for the fire, limiting risk of damage and injury. Sustainability is a key driving force in the specification of light steel framing systems. Steel can be recycled or reused endlessly without detriment to its properties. This unique characteristic gives steel a high value at all stages of its lifecycle. The recovery

The Validation Guide provides a concise high-level overview which signposts construction professionals to valuable and trusted sources where further information is available.



infrastructure for steel recycling is highly developed with current recovery rates from demolition sites in the UK at 99% for structural steelwork and 96% for all steel construction products – figures that far exceed those for any other construction material. Offering the best strength-to-weight ratio improves efficiencies – you get a lot of structure for relatively little weight which reduces embodied carbon. This is where steel cannot be beaten. Lighter structures not only reduce material consumption but also concrete in the ground. This means that foundation loads and sizes are reduced by over 70% relative to concrete and block-work construction. Steel is a robust, rigid and dimensionally stable material that does not suffer from movement created by moisture related issues. The inherent benefits of steel construction are why this innovative material is dominant in shaping our city skylines. Driving Collaboration and Growth in the Light Steel Framing Sector The light steel frame industry is more agile, advanced and digitally savvy than its competitors in other offsite material sectors. Established to influence legislation, regulation and to support the overall objectives and growth of the sector, the LSFA

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Rigorous quality processes give full traceability at all stages in the supply chain, from steelmaking through to fabrication and installation on site. All structural steel used by LSFA members is CE

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COREHAUS DELIVER FIRST LIGHT STEEL FRAME MODULAR HOMES CoreHaus light steel framed modular homes manufactured in their Murton-based factory have been delivered to regional housebuilders Homes by Carlton at the Thorpe Paddocks site in Tees Valley. Fully certified to BS EN 1090-4:2018 the light steel frame systems are backed by residential warranty provider – SCI/NHBC Stage 1 for up to 10 storey construction. The successful delivery of the first four houses is a significant achievement for the company who only opened the doors to its factory in early 2021. The installation of the three-bedroom homes forms part of an ambitious five-year plan by CoreHaus to deliver around 1,000 modular homes per year. As the national housing agency Homes England continues to increase its focus on the delivery of local authority housing schemes, the use of modern methods of construction enables providers to create high-quality homes built faster, with engineered precision and less waste and energy use than alternative methods.

CoreHaus Managing Director Scott Bibby said: “What has been achieved since then has been nothing short of amazing. From fit-out and completion of the first factory-built home through to the completion of houses on site at Thorpe Thewles. This project has allowed us to demonstrate the flexibility of our product by matching traditional aesthetics and finishes on these four homes while still offering a high level of pre-manufactured value.” Talking about the project so far, Simon Walker, Managing Director of Homes by Carlton, said:








"We are delighted with the final CoreHaus product. They represent the affordable homes on our site and have been pre-sold to Believe Housing as rent-to-buy properties. We are experiencing a skills shortage across the construction and house building sector. Modern methods of construction will be part of the mix in the future. We are looking forward to working with CoreHaus on further projects, delivering affordable housing on our sites.’ Image: CoreHaus

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Pung the pieces in place for a bigger and brighter future. At Frameclad we very seldom stand sll, always striving to develop the product range and services that we provide. One piece of this is design and we are pleased to welcome the DACS design team into the Frameclad family which strengthens our design offering to all our customers, both new and old. This juncture also brings New Opportunies as we start our next journey to further develop and grow the business. New posions throughout the team including Sales, Esmang, Commercial, Design, Operaons and Finance are being considered now. For anyone interested in opportunies within the Frameclad team please contact us at opportuni

Frameclad have been shortlisted at this years OFFSITE AWARDS 2022 in the category for Best use of Steel Technology for the SFS loadbearing project at Gledhow Lane Roundhay Leeds. This technically challenging structure with the canlevered pod that houses the Architects’ office was delivered on me and on budget. A credit and testament to all of the Frameclad family.

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FINALISTS ANNOUNCED THE OFFSITE CONSTRUCTION AWARDS WILL BE RETURNING TO COVENTRY BUILDING SOCIETY ARENA ONCE AGAIN ON 20 SEPTEMBER 2022, ALONGSIDE THE MOST TECHNICALLY ADVANCED EVENT IN THE CONSTRUCTION CALENDAR – OFFSITE EXPO. The awards received over 200 entries from companies who are at the forefront of the industry in terms of innovation and expertise. Offsite technology is changing the contemporary built environment - driving forward projects that represent outstanding examples of prefabrication and factory-based methods, products, systems and disciplines. As an advanced and versatile technology in the offsite portfolio the Best Use of Steel category was fiercely contested with 10 projects reaching the finals. Exploiting light steel frame as the principle structural component in a building creates many design opportunities – as clearly demonstrated in the shortlisted projects.

FINALIST – EOS FRAMING Sky House is derived from the homes unique roof gardens and expansive glazing with unrivalled views from every level. Created by Architects CODA – the development aims to establish a close-knit neighbourhood centred around open spaces. Working with strategic partner light steel frame specialist EOS, CODA have embraced the best in offsite construction to produce a range of precision-engineered housing types that can be delivered to the highest quality on fast-track construction programmes. Image: Sky House is based on the ‘back-to-back’ housing concept with unique roof gardens and unrivalled views from every level.

FINALIST – BRITISH OFFSITE Edinburgh Way is a collection of one, two and three-bedroom luxurious apartments in the centre of Harlow. Developed by Weston Homes, the apartments are due for completion in July 2023 with 75% currently reserved. The build solution incorporates the use of both UNIpanel and UNIwall systems and has involved the installation of 1,478 panels (5,760 linear metres) and 702 walls (2,810 linear metres). Image: Harlow View, Edinburgh Way.

FINALIST – COLLIDA Integrating R&D, digital technology, and modern methods of construction – Collida has designed and delivered the first steel framed residential buildings to achieve Passivhaus Plus standards. The two innovative prototype homes located at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) Garston campus in Watford, are research led with a fabric first design approach which sets the standard for the industry to follow. Image: The first steel framed residential buildings to achieve Passivhaus Plus standards.




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FINALIST – EOS FRAMING Developed through the collaborative strength of Etex brands, EOS Framing, Siniat, Promat and FSi – Pre-Assembled Frames (PAF) are helping customers reduce risk and operate with more certainty and confidence at every stage of the construction journey. Wates Construction appointed EOS to custom design, engineer and manufacture an advanced light steel Pre-Assembled Frames (PAF) infill system to ensure the new Edgar Wood Academy complies with the regulatory 70% PMV set within the DfE’s MMC framework agreement. Image: Wates Construction/ EOS Framing - Pre-Assembled Frames meet the demands of 21st century education projects.

FINALIST – FRAMECLAD A unique and technically challenging build on a tight site - Gledhow Lane is a residential property with stunning architectural features that tested the limits of light steel frame design. Providing some challenging technical obstacles, the project is cutting edge from start to finish. The light steel frame structure upholds and embraces this philosophy - no compromise was required in terms of space, usage or efficiency of the build or its subsequent use as a home with a multi-use upper storey area. Image: The light steel frame structure was able to deliver the challenging design brief.

FINALIST – FUSION STEEL FRAMING Holburne Park is an ambitious £26 million high-end residential development, offering villas, terraced houses, and apartments designed to combine classical aesthetics with the benefit of modern methods of construction and interior design. Located in the World Heritage city of Bath, the site provided 198 residences over a three-phase construction period. Fusion Steel Framing delivered the cold-rolled light steel framing system for the site, working alongside lead construction contractor Bect. Image: Holburne Park a £26 million high-end residential development.

FINALIST – EOS FRAMING Leading provider of construction and infrastructure services Kier was commissioned to construct new border control buildings for Portsmouth International Port. EOS Framing was appointed to design, engineer and offsite manufacture an advanced Thrubuild® light steel loadbearing system for the project. This is not the first time the Thrubuild® system has been used to create ‘a building within a building’ but this type of highly sustainable approach does throw up some unusual challenges. Image: Kier - This £17.1 million project will support the wider ambitions of the new free port for Solent.




FINALIST – R G CARTER Canary Quay is a four-phased light steel framed development of 323 high specification riverside apartments on the River Wensum near the centre of Norwich. Phases 1-3 comprise 222 one and two-bedroom apartments in three separate developments which were completed in May 2021. The remaining 101 apartments of Phase 4 are planned to complete in December 2022. The development will contribute significantly to easing the pressure on housing waiting lists and will help those needing housing. Image: Broadland Housing Association/ RG Carter - Steel frame was selected for its environmental, programme, logistical and commercial benefits.

FINALIST – MJH STRUCTURAL ENGINEERS AND VISION MODULAR SYSTEMS Lewisham Exchange is a pair of towers 20 and 35 floors tall, constructed using 18 and 33 storeys of volumetric modules over a concrete transfer structure located adjacent to Lewisham DLR Station. 1,251 modules were used in the construction of the buildings installed on site over a 23-week period. Image: MJH Structural Engineers / Vision Modular Systems - The structure of the modules is created using steel sections to the perimeter into structural steel hollow section columns.

FINALIST – ZED PODS Working with the Bromley Council, ZED PODS has designed and built an innovative, zero-carbon, social housing scheme in Bromley using steel framed modules. These self-contained high-quality homes are built above steel podiums and preserve 80% of existing parking. It is a pioneering, environmental and socially focused development providing 25 homes for vulnerable households. It is the first development in the borough after 40 years, and the first-of-its-kind in London. Image: Bromley Council / ZED PODS - Caption: A sustainable, reliable, economical housing scheme using steel framed volumetric offsite construction methodology.






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Sheathing boards of various types are widely used in timber framing and light steel framing. In timber framing woodbased boards such as OSB/3 are used to provide diaphragm action and shear resistance to stabilise the structure, but this is not currently the case in light steel framing (LSF). In LSF the global stability of the structure is typically provided by X and K bracing that are built into the wall panels as part of the manufacturing process. The forthcoming SCI publication P437 will provide guidance on stability systems in LSF using conventional bracing systems to Eurocodes and


importantly it permits the use of various types of sheathing board such as cement particle board, cement fibre boards and calcium silicate boards to deliver diaphragm action, provided this is supported by test data on wall panels. Wood-based boards such as OSB3 may also be used subject to constraints of fire resistance to the new Part B of the Building Regulations. The proposed method of test of 2.4m square wall panels is the same as in BS EN 594: Timber Structures – Test Methods – Racking Strength of Timber Wall Panels. A typical test is shown in image 2 with an applied vertical


load of 5 kN per stud to represent the minimum load that would be used in practice in medium-rise buildings. To avoid risk of the ratcheting effect of repeated loading on the screws to the boards, the limiting deflection used to determine the shear stiffness of the panel is taken as panel height/500 and this same displacement is used in determining the shear force that may be resisted at serviceability loading. This is compatible with the shear deflection of braced light steel walls and so in principle, the use of boarded and braced panels may be combined in one structure based on their relative stiffness.


02 In addition, SCI-P437 will propose the use of small-scale push tests to supplement the larger wall panel tests, which allows for more parametric testing of different types of boards, steel thicknesses, diameter of screws, edge distances of screws etc. A typical push test using 200 x 200 mm square boards with four screws per side, is shown in image 3. SCI proposes that the test protocol for these push tests should involve 10 cycles of load to 40% of the failure load of the first test in order to observe if there is any loss of stiffness under repeated load to serviceability load levels. This implies that the failure load of a particular test should exceed 2.5 x design resistance at the serviceability limit state (SLS). A design method has been developed to determine the shear stiffness of any geometry of wall panel based on test results, the stiffness of the screws and the elastic modulus of the board. This allows the shear stiffness of any size of wall panel and fixing spacing to be determined and correlated with a standard wall test to be able to extend


the wall test to other geometries within the limits of the materials and screw type tested. Typical values of the screw shear stiffness range from 1.0 kN/mm for OSB/3 board to 1.3 kN/m for a calcium silicate board, and 0.5 kN/mm for Type F plasterboards. Currently the use of plasterboard is not accepted for diaphragm action unlike in the USA where it is widely used, albeit with relatively low shear resistance. The allowable shear loads that may be resisted at the SLS are expressed in kN/m length of the wall and are typically in the range of 2 to 3 kN/m for most suitable sheathing boards. These resistances may be increased by a partial factor of x 1.5 for loading at the ultimate limit state, although the design criterion is based on the SLS. Other factors that should be taken into consideration when evaluating diaphragm action, are the long-term durability of the boards and their fixings, potential for damage and replacement (i.e. due to flooding) and the effect of large openings, partially in façade panels.


03 For more information on the forthcoming SCI publication P437 and on SCI’s work with the Light Steel Forum, contact Andrew Way at SCI: IMAGES 01. Typical X bracing in a light steel framed building (courtesy of Metek Plc) 02. Typical shear diaphragm test on a 2.4 m square wall panel with vertical load at Edinburgh Napier University (courtesy QB Technology) 03. Push test on a pair of C sections with Smartply OSB boards on both sides

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With most countries pledging to meet targets for net zero by 2050, the subject of sustainability is not only one of how we can immediately begin to mitigate energy and carbon output but how construction practises and material usage might improve over the longterm. Reports from 2019 showed that steel is responsible for between 7% and 9% of all direct fossil fuel emissions globally, with steel and iron collectively accounting for 24% of industry CO2 emissions. With further revisions to the National Structural Steelwork Specification for Building Construction (NSSS) in the form of a new annex document coming into effect on 01 June, the time for professionals in the steel


construction sector to assess and reinforce environmental best practise is now. To make navigating these changes as smooth and straight forward as possible, the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) has published the Sustainability Specification for structural steelwork in building construction. Supporting Sustainability from Concept to Construction The purpose of the specification is to offer guidance on the principles of sustainable steelwork. Offering the combined expertise of a steering group comprised those involved in the supply, design, contracting and environmental ramifications of material use, the guide is supported by sustainability experts


from both the BCSA and the Steel Construction Institute and Institute of Structural Engineers. From concept to construct, adhering to the principles the guide provides will ensure that structures meet all requirements for sustainability while maintaining intended function and performance. While using light steel as a primary material offers an opportunity to reduce carbon emissions and meet green targets, focusing on tracking the sustainability journey must translate across the full scope of the construction process. The application of practical steps to reduce emissions throughout the supply chain is particularly important. Designs and specifications for projects should be


calculated and delivered to minimise the amount of material needed. Furthermore, considerations should take into account material storage, transport and delivery from supplier as well as safety during fabrication, transportation, handling and erection onto site. As part of the principles laid out, it is also vital to ensure efficient use is made of scrap material available, with decisions reflecting the nature of steel as a limited resource. Tracking Through the Supply Chain The key to retaining control over sustainability practises is to ensure early engagement with supply chain members. The specification recommends the appointment of the key subcontractors during the initial planning phases from the earliest point to mitigate any site operations or material supply risks. Resource use and material efficiency can be improved through the optimisation of spans and grids, minimisation of complex load paths and vigilance about over-specification of loads. Further enhancing the growth of new circular economy business models, many companies are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of tracking reused steel through the supply chain. The David Attenborough Building University of Cambridge

Groups such as the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products are leading the way in exploring innovative uses for reused steel in construction. The DISRUPT project (Delivering Innovative Steel ReUse Project), initiated by Cleveland Steel and Tube, ISG, and the National Federation of Demolition Contractors has already secured funding for further feasibility studies, aiming to provide valuable data across a number of different sizes and types of project. The group will be focusing on real life case studies which track the material journey from start to finish. Despite its reputation as one of the most recyclable components on earth, the reuse of steel is less common.

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The DISRUPT project aims to widen the interest in reused steel as a sustainable option and provide business models for use by other companies. Funding for the venture was provided by Innovate UK’s Circular Economy for SMEs competition, in collaboration with the NICER programme. Shifting Focus to Reuse This prioritisation of reuse over scrap for recycling features prominently in the new specification. With the focus being on reducing material waste. In addition to this, all structural

components should contain pertinent information regarding their origins and properties to enable further reuse in the future. The specification accounts for common concerns regarding cost, design flexibility, and practicality to help businesses mitigate any obstacles or risks. In terms of fabrication, the specification encourages the use of steel producers who have stated a public commitment to meeting decarbonisation targets and who present a well-defined strategy for sustainable practise.

The Sustainability Specification for structural steelwork in building construction is now available freely on and will stand as a new annex J to the National Structural Steelwork Specification for Building Construction (NSSS) 8th edition revision. Users can also incorporate the specification into contract documentation by adding the following: Fabrication in accordance with (i) National Structural Steelwork Specification for Building Construction (NSSS), 7th edition and (ii) NSSS, Annex J – Sustainability Specification.




Making the Building Process Inherently Safer In her report ‘Building a Safer Future’, Dame Judith Hackitt recommends: “More effective testing regimes with clearer labelling and product traceability, in order to drive continuous improvement, higher performance and encourage innovative product and system design under better quality control.” Current regulations typically deal with individual products and how they perform in laboratory tests. However, we believe material providers should have full-scale testing regimes that study the performance of products working together to see how they interact in ‘real’ circumstances, like under fire conditions or when exposed to wind and rain.




The government are discouraging the use of flammable materials in external walls. The delay in responding to its 2020 consultation proposing to extend the combustibles ban currently at 18 metres added uncertainty to specification decisions. According to a poll of the industry undertaken by the NHBC last year, fewer than three in 10 housebuilders expect to use timber frames.


A key advantage of light steel frame is fire performance. The amount of combustible material in a light steel framed building is much lower, therefore the fire risk during construction and when in use is vastly reduced. Steel is non-combustible and does not add to the fire load – reducing the ‘fuel for the fire’ and limiting risk of damage and injury. This risk is further decreased by replacing some combustible materials with a concrete or screed deck on a steel frame.


Fragmented supply chains also result in components being offered by a multitude of manufacturers, therefore warranties are complex, for very limited timescales or simply non-existent. This uncertainty also extends to the costs involved, the speed of build and the quality of the final outcome. EOS as part of Etex are continually looking at ways to make the building process not only inherently safer and sustainable but also to offer performance assurances to architects, housebuilders and specifiers to ensure they can provide sufficient levels of protection to occupants. Improving levels of occupants’ safety and increasing the quality of the build need to be controlled and managed. But how can this be achieved without substantial and reliable test evidence? Our research and perspective interviews with sector experts have equipped us with a deep understanding of the challenges faced by housing specifiers. A lack of performance testing is a major concern. When disparate building elements are brought together it is left to the specifier to assess whether the chosen combination of materials (boards, metals, insulation) will deliver the required levels of performance. A lack of test evidence and data creates real challenges for specifiers having to achieve precise safety and performance requirements.


Minimising Risks Fire protection for light steel framing is typically provided by the use of non-combustible boards for internal linings and fire protection systems such as those manufactured by our Etex group partners – passive fire protection specialists, Promat and FSi who develop and manufacture a full range of built-in fire systems to protect infrastructure and assets. Fire resistance periods of up to 120 minutes are readily achievable. Developed in collaboration with our Etex partners, Siniat, a leading expert in plasterboard and drylining, together with Promat and FSi – our complete loadbearing and non-loadbearing walling and flooring systems combine the technical and manufacturing expertise of the group to deliver a comprehensive range of tested and certified solutions for light steel frame construction – all from one supplier.


Our components and products are rigorously tested together to ensure compatibility and system performance. When walling and flooring systems are built entirely with Etex components and materials in line with our latest standards, after a validation process— we award a 30-year Etex warranty. This approach mitigates risk because these integrated solutions have been tested as complete systems and assessed for compliance with the latest regulations and standards, to ensure robust and reliable performance. Design performance is achieved using combinations of boarding and insulation and only tested configurations are available for selection. Currently in research and development, we are taking factory prefabrication and preassembly to the next level - adding windows, doors and cladding to our light steel frame panelised solutions. These unitised systems will have to go through our stringent testing protocols before being released to the market. Technical Competence The Hackitt report highlights failings within the construction industry and sets out recommendations for a major shakeup of the current regulatory

03 framework governing building control and fire safety in residential buildings. As manufacturers we take our responsibilities extremely seriously. We are committed to technical competence and as part of Etex, we have some of the best fire experts in the UK on our team. They work closely with certification bodies to jointly develop and design technical solutions. Construction can be a complex business but as we evolve more advanced offsite technologies, we can help housebuilders reduce risk and operate with more certainty and confidence. Robust testing regimes backed by comprehensive warranties

offer assurances to developers and help specifying teams safeguard building owners and occupants. Steve Thompson Managing Director EOS Framing

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IMAGES 01-03. A key advantage of light steel frame is fire performance. The amount of combustible material in a light steel framed building is much lower. Steel is non-combustible and does not add to the fire load of a building.




METSTRUCTURES AND BUILD TO RENT Build to Rent (BTR) now accounts for 1 in 4 new build residential units in the UK. By all accounts the sector looks set for continued growth and the long-term investment models driving BTR provide shelter from current economic headwinds. However, there are real challenges for the Construction Industry in delivering the ‘B’ of BTR. Rising material prices are an obvious issue, but of equal importance is the challenge of meeting the environment, social and governance (ESG) requirements of investors. Cold rolled steel (CRS) building systems, such as offered by MetStructures, are well placed to provide solutions. However, this depends on working in collaboration from the earliest possible

stage with the BTR operators, and the key elements of the supply chain required to deliver a CRS structure. CRS systems provide structures of up to 15 storeys with concrete floors, satisfying the demands for long-term robustness of BTR operators. Working collaboratively, it is possible to reduce time to practical completion by as much as 24 weeks, providing savings in prelim costs, as well as reduced finance costs, plus earlier rental income. Taken together these speed benefits provide some mitigation against rising material prices. Perhaps the biggest benefit of CRS will be in meeting the ESG demands of investors. Finding ways to reduce the weight of structures is one of the most important tools in reducing embodied CO2. CRS structures are half the weight

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AYRSHIRE METALS LOADBEARING SYSTEM UTILISED AT MUNTHAM SCHOOL When Kenward Groundworks were appointed main contractor to design and build a therapy unit at Muntham School, they needed a reputable manufacturer to provide a costeffective solution. Step in Ayrshire Metals. Ayrshire carried out initial design, feasibility studies and structural calculations, utilising their in-house engineers and CAD team. By involving Ayrshire Metals early in the process, it allowed the various design teams to collaborate in overcoming any issues, enabling a fast and efficient install of the light steel framing system. With over 100 years of experience, the

Ayrshire Group can be relied upon to carry out the design and manufacture of light steel sections for any scheme. There were several challenges on this project, not least the ever-rising costs and limited availability of products. Ayrshire metals were able to work alongside both Kenward Groundworks and E&C Engineering to make sure the build was a cost-effective as possible by designing the complete building as light steel with the exception of a pitched timber roof. Another challenge in the design was that it included a child swing in the therapy unit, meaning there was a significant loading concentrated to a single point in the joist. Together with

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the help of Ayrshire’s design team, Kenward managed to find a solution to this quickly, not holding up any other aspects of the programme. This project was so successful in both design and construction, Ayrshire and Kenward have coupled up again on a further classroom at Muntham School so look out for further updates!

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Early engagement is crucial to the smooth running of the design and build stages, which is why our sales and design teams offer CPDs and early indicative design support. This collaboration and information exchange forms a solid support framework between all parties allowing the whole process of value engineering, manufacture and construction to meet strict project timelines. Our SFS, AyrFrameTM and Panelised systems are suited to all types of buildings from Hotels to Schools, Apartments to Offices and everything in between. Get in touch today to find out more or arrange a CPD.

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matter and talking points throughout the programme. With presentations given by those involved with operations, technical management, engineering, business development, and more – speakers offered attendees a wide range of information and perspective on the hot topics affecting the steel industry today.




The only specialist event of its kind, Focus on Framing 2022 brought together leading industry professionals and light steel manufacturers to enhance understanding and share pivotal information and best practice. Hosted once again by he Light Steel Framing Association (LSFA) at the National Conference Centre (NCC) in Birmingham, a packed schedule offered attendees an exciting programme of informative presentations and discussions throughout the day.


Bringing Together the Best of the Steel Sector A combination of informative talks highlighting the latest changes and innovations in steel usage and manufacturing processes, along with in-depth case studies and networking opportunities, gave delegates an invaluable insight into the fast-track non-combustible solutions driving the delivery of building projects across multiple sectors. Industry leaders from top-tier business names, including Tata Steel, Hadley Group, GTH/Architects, Fusion Steel Framing, voestalpine Metsec, Corehaus, Metstructures, Constructsteel, Modern Method Construction and EOS Framing delivered a wide range of subject


The event opened with an introduction from Light Steel Frame Association Chairman Mike Fairey, followed by the headline exhibitor audience address delivered by Craig Johnson, Business Development Manager (Steel Segment) of the Structures Division at industrial technology leaders Trimble. Morning presentations covered steel in the global market, decarbonisation drivers, and technical support within construction, amongst other topics. The focus for the afternoon turned to the evolution of Thruwall and engineered light steel foundations. Case studies covered examples of residential, luxury apartments, and student accommodation projects. Spotlight on Sustainability and Zero Carbon Sustainability, decarbonisation and the zero-carbon agenda were all high-priority topics across the day. The concerns surrounding climate change and the impact of energy output throughout the steel industry are prompting professionals within the construction sector to pursue decarbonisation pathways. With steel widely recognised as one of the most prominent materials within the built environment, Focus on Framing highlights those at the forefront of pushing the UK zero carbon message. As the industry continues to look for solutions to the challenges presented by changes to Building Regulations, Focus on Framing further showcased the industry-wide commitment to driving environmentally focused construction practices. The UK government's net zero policy and three-part stepped-approach to zero carbon featured in the talks of Peter Hodson of Tata Steel during 'Decarbonisation Drivers in the Steel Sector', and Brian Alborough of GTH/ Architects who delivered 'Framing


Zero Carbon - The Case of Existing Buildings.' John Plummer, Chartered Structural Engineer, Modern Method Construction, also drove home the sustainability benefits of steel with his presentation, 'Engineered Lightweight Steel Foundations - A Sustainable Support for All Forms of Modern Construction.' Looking to the Future of Framing Following the success of his presentation, ‘The Changing Prominence of Technical Support within Construction’ as part of the speaker programme at the seminar, Stephen Hall, Principal Engineer at Hadley Group, said of Focus on Framing: “The 2022 event was my first ‘Focus on Framing’ as both attendee and speaker, and I’m happy to say I thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a privilege to present and represent Hadley Group, and great to hear what the other speakers had to say. I was particularly pleased to hear so much on the subject of sustainability, which received positive attention throughout the day." Talking about the benefits of such events to the steel sector, Mr Hall added: "Looking to the future, it would be interesting to see these events evolve into an opportunity to further enhance

the light steel industry. Round table discussions with a panel of industry experts would be a fantastic way to use these forums as even more of an opportunity to challenge the future of steel framing and offer guidance to architects, specifiers, and developers in the industry.” The programme was interspersed with Q&A panel discussions, providing the opportunity to deep dive into new and current industry changes and innovations. Nick Coubray, CEO of Howick, presented a second headline exhibitor address delivered as part of the afternoon session. Light Steel Frame Association Chairman Mike Fairey brought the seminar to a close with a

final closing summary of what proved to be a hugely beneficial event for all attending. As the steel industry continues to rise to the challenges and obstacles presented by regulation changes, the Focus on Framing event highlights the work being done to create a legacy of robust, sustainable, and high-performance structures that both enhance quality of living and promote a more environmentally sustainable future. Preparations are underway for Focus on Framing 2023, with opportunities currently available for exhibitors, sponsors, and speakers to position their business alongside those at the forefront of change and innovation.

Will You Be at Focus on Framing 2023? Focus on Framing has been created for specifiers, engineers, architects, contractors, housebuilders, developers, and manufacturers, exploring steel as a pivotal solution within offsite construction. Focus on Framing 2023 will be bringing together those at the forefront of light steel framing. If you would like to find out more about being part of the next event, either as part of the presentation programme or as an exhibitor, please visit







The new flagship retirement community from McCarthy Stone has been designed to be located close to a number of local amenities, such as the bus station, shops and Hexham General Hospital. The properties are tailor-made for the over 60s, presenting homeowners with an opportunity to downsize and live in a community of likeminded people. Sustainable By Design The high specification contemporary retirement homes are being created using eco-friendly modern methods of construction – a first for the developer McCarthy Stone. Selected apartments feature Juliet balconies and private patios, and the landscaped gardens will be maintained all-year round. Hewson Court will


be offering apartments for purchase outright as well as a range of flexible solutions including rental and part-buy part-rent options.

construction methods is critical for the sector’s drive towards net zero and our ambition to deliver high-quality housing that meets the UK’s needs.”

Construction Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan visited Hewson Court whilst in development. During her visit the Minister took a tour of the innovative project which has a gross development value of £11.1m. She was able to see how MMC is helping to fast-track the delivery of high-quality housing for the UK’s increasingly ageing population which despite the demand is currently undersupplied.

McCarthy Stone worked in partnership with specialist Leeds-based company Sigmat to pilot the new housebuilding technique that uses an innovative light steel frame system.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan commented: “Innovation from McCarthy Stone is paving the way for the construction industry to build back greener and safer. The development of cleaner cheaper


Delivering 23 one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom apartments by embracing advanced construction methods the team at McCarthy Stone were able to reduce the build time by two-weeks per floor. Light steel framing systems provide a more sustainable method of construction to fast-track the delivery of much needed highquality housing for the retirement community.


02 Benefits of Light Steel Frame One of the many benefits of light steel frame is it can be fabricated and assembled offsite in Sigmat’s Leeds manufacturing facility, improving efficiency and productivity. It has also been shown to improve energy efficiency vastly reducing in-use energy costs when compared to traditionally constructed UK homes and is also better for the environment as a high proportion of steel is recycled. Mark Eburne, CEO of Sigmat commented: “We are delighted to have completed our first project with McCarthy Stone in Hexham, and we anticipate more projects to commence within the following 12 months. The scheme has demonstrated how light steel framing offers a superior advantage in terms of speed, quality and sustainability. By partnering with McCarthy Stone, we are committed to creating sustainable communities by providing quality superstructures, manufactured offsite for the UK retirement market.

John Tonkiss, Chief Executive at McCarthy Stone, comments: “Hexham is the next generation in an increasing portfolio of McCarthy Stone projects to benefit from the use of this form of construction. To have this recognised by the Minister is a really important step, and we were very proud to show off the work of the team here and our partners Sigmat and to be able to discuss with the Minister the many challenges facing the retirement housing sector today.

Fast-Track Build Programme Over the 12-week build programme the Sigmat team installed 1,765 linear metres of light steel panels across three floors, 3,510m2 of decking and installed four flights of stairs.

“At McCarthy Stone we work hard to create homes that older people can live independently and thrive in, and where location and design are key to ensuring each one of our developments are beautiful places


04 to live. We are now committed to trial schemes in all of our divisions across the country and we have set ourselves a target for producing 25% of our new developments maximising modern methods of construction. Together we have sown the seed of a more sustainable, efficient and highquality future for McCarthy Stone’s communities.”

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IMAGES 01-04. McCarthy Stone’s new flagship retirement community Hewson Court







The project was rolled out over a threephase construction period, with Fusion Steel Framing delivering the cold-rolled light steel framing system for the site. The Fusion team worked collaboratively with project leads and site teams to ensure they met specific requirements for each phase for each unit, with 198 residences built. The Fusion light steel systems offered the benefit of complete control over design, allowing the provision of accurate cost, time and delivery calculations from start to finish.


Where Aesthetics Meets Sustainability Steel is widely recognised as one of the most sustainable construction materials, meaning that Fusion’s contribution to the overall project has substantially lessened the potential whole-life environmental impact of the development. Sustainability was especially paramount to the project due to the development's location in a green area. Meaning structures were required to be aesthetically in keeping with the world heritage status of the surrounding environment.


Construction offsite allowed faster production and reduced turnaround times while BOPAS Accredited steel framing systems developed based on the principles of adding value by embracing a DfMA (Designed for Manufacture and Assembly) approach. Manufacturing components offsite reduced overall project costs and offered faster production times, reducing time spent on site. Fusion Steel Framing BIM processes, alongside activity models, were able to



02 accurately predict, assess, and negate potential risks, ensuring buildings remained in keeping with the classical architecture of the area and providing high standards of structural integrity and performance. By utilising offsite factory facilities, Fusion manufactured all individual components to the exact quantities required; meaning the amount of waste generated in the production and onsite was extremely low. Enhancing Safety and Performance Utilising the Fusion steel frame system in the superstructure for the Holburne Park buildings allows the site to benefit from reduced embodied carbon in building fabric. Not only this, but this system offers enhanced occupant safety. Fusion systems, when combined with ancillary LGSF products, result in exceptional fire safety performance which, depending on the components used with the steel frame, can provide fire resistance at 60, 90, and 120 minutes. In addition, as steel does not warp or shrink, unlike alternative materials, and carries an expected lifespan of up to 250 years in warm frame applications, further reducing the risk to structural integrity.

The Holburne Park project, which includes a mix of three and fourbedroom houses and five-bedroom luxury villas, utilised precision engineering, delivered through a fivestep digitally enabled process, with all elements tried, tested, and approved before use. The delivery system was planned to minimise the number of vehicles required, with storage for optimising human resources, and transport organised to mirror the build process for more efficient just-in-time installation. All of which contributed significantly to improving health and safety onsite. Showcasing Collaborative Construction Practices Holburne Park offers a notable showcase of collaborative construction practises, with the Fusion team working alongside lead developers and lead construction contractor Bect to ensure each stage of planning and delivery worked to promote site safety, best practice, and material optimisation. The project was approached with high respect for the integrity of the surrounding natural area.

04 Steel offers up to a 70% reduction in weight load comparatively to concrete and block work, resulting in reducing the environmental impact on the ground, and embodied carbon in building fabric can be reduced by as much as 20%. In-house design and engineering teams were able to work collaboratively with project partners and the client to ensure the project was delivered on time and to budget by adopting a just-in-time delivery protocol and using a BIM-based common data environment. Holburne Park is the result of exceptional communication and planning across all stages of development, with the Fusion team offering full support and adaptability during planning, design, delivery, and installation to ensure bespoke requirements were successfully met.

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100% accuracy in half the time

HOWICK’S X-TENDA™ 3600 IS EXTENDING THE POSSIBILITIES OF STEEL FRAMING. One of the biggest challenges with offsite manufacturing of interior panels is accuracy. As internal spaces are rarely, if ever, square, steel framing tends to be a lot more precise than the space it's going into, leading to additional time for fitting and cost overruns. Now, an innovative Kiwi made steel framing system is bridging the gap between manufacturing and installation. Howick’s X-TENDA™ 3600 uses a unique telescopic design to create non-load-bearing panels for retrofit or infill interior walls and ceilings that can achieve a perfect fit in a fraction of the time taken by traditional methods. Launched in 2020, X-TENDA™ 3600 shaves 50% or more off the time it normally takes to frame interior spaces. All the steel components are preassembled, then collapsed for easy transport and handling. Once delivered to the site, they can be easily carried up stairways or loaded into passenger elevators, then quickly expanded and adjusted for an exact fit every time. The X-TENDA™ system allows for a quick, precise fit even in uneven and non-level spaces with windows and door frames that remain true to size,


and the ability to align the new framing with existing windows and openings. Because there is no need for measuring, snipping and cutting onsite, the X-TENDA™ panels mean less wastage and no excess framing to remove at the end of the job - saving on time, labour and materials.

Panels are lightweight for easy manoeuvre onsite, able to be carried up staircases and into elevators

Soffit panels adjust up, down and sideways

X-TENDA™ framing consists of three key components - a C stud, R stud and U track, all manufactured with Howick’s X-TENDA™ 3600 roll forming machine. Because the R stud is slightly smaller than the web and flange, it can slide inside the standard C stud, offering a precise range of adjustment. Panels can be made from any of these components in a range of different configurations.

to the Indigo Hotel and Jubilee Hotel in Queensland, and a 100-year old building in downtown Boston, Massachusetts.

Panels can be extended upwards and outwards whilst the soffit panels can be screwed to the ceiling and then pulled down to a laser line to be level with the floor below. Soffit panels can also be multi-axis if required.

We are looking forward to extending the possibilities of your next framing project.

X-TENDA™ 3600 framing has been successfully installed in major projects in New Zealand, Australia and the USA; from Westfield’s new Two Double Seven shopping complex in Auckland, the Victoria Lane apartments in Wellington,


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F I RE SAF E T Y F OR ST E E L F RA ME SYSTEMS SIDERISE is a market leader in the design and development of specialist passive fire protection solutions for the construction, façades and interiors sectors suitable for use with Steel Frame Systems. We have developed a wide range of firestopping products and systems that meet the requirements of current national building regulations for applications including ceilings and floor and wall compartmentation – with at least an equal fire performance rating to that of our Cavity Barrier or Fire Stop. Our fire safe insulation products provide the following benefits: • Proven in use with market-leading fire performance • Unique construction provides unrivalled movement performance • Third-party ‘Certifire’ approvals • Expert Technical support • Simple and quick to install with comprehensive training available.

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framing technologies – exhibitors include but are not limited to: Ayrshire Metals A leading supplier of cold rolled products to a diverse range of markets and industries. Ayrshire Metals have a long history and extensive experience backed by a forward-thinking approach and offer free indicative designs. British Offsite The creator of UNI System, an advanced light gauge steel panelised system suitable for mid-rise and high-rise developments. British Offsite is part of the new high-tech manufacturing sector in the UK bringing innovative capabilities to the construction industry.


OFFSITE EXPO 2022 brings together those who are driving change in the construction sector. The event will play host to the leading UK and international offsite manufacturers and component suppliers over two days showcasing a broad spectrum of panelised, volumetric modular systems, pod and prefabricated MEP solutions, as well as the latest in digital and BIM technology. Taking place at the Coventry Building Society Arena on 20 and 21 September 2022 – OFFSITE EXPO presents a compelling proposition showcasing


inspiring feature builds, innovative displays, live demonstrations, and pioneering speakers. Throughout the two days, the show will welcome over 4,000 visitors, host over 130 exhibition stands, present 100 speakers and facilitate over 300 meetings in the Offsite Connect buyers and specifiers forum. LIGHT STEEL FRAMING TECHNOLOGIES The case is unequivocal – offsite technologies challenge outmoded construction practices and is a progressive and productive step that is revolutionising the way buildings are designed and assembled. OFFSITE EXPO showcases one of the most comprehensive displays of light steel


Drywall Steel Sections Providing one of the most comprehensive ranges of cold rolled products and systems for partitions, ceilings, wall linings and light gauge structural steel framing. All products and systems are manufactured to high quality European standards and are continuously monitored by ISO 9001 quality management certification. EOS Framing With an award-winning portfolio of projects and product innovations, EOS are pioneering a new systems approach. Delivering certified and predictable performance, EOS specialise in the design, manufacture and supply of a wide range of light steel framing systems for the offsite residential and commercial markets. Fusion Steel Framing With a proven track record of delivering large and complex light steel frame structures, Fusion acts as a catalyst in creating an integrated supply chain which revolutionises both the build process and the performance of buildings. Greenstone Structures Designing, manufacturing, and suppling light steel frame structures for use in residential and commercial projects,


the Greenstone team of skilled professionals use innovative modern methods of construction and the latest digital technology to supply premium offsite solutions. Howick Technical innovators in the fast-build construction space for decades, Howick’s precision light steel cold rollforming technology brings accuracy, speed and performance that is trusted by construction businesses throughout the UK and the world. Intelligent Steel A design, manufacture and installation company offering high quality coldformed structural steel. Light steel frame is an innovative solution that is being used for everything from small bespoke renovation projects to largescale new build developments of up to nine-storeys in height. Light Steel Frame Association (LSFA) Established to influence legislation and to support the overall objectives and growth of the sector, the LSFA is raising awareness of the performance and productivity benefits of steel framing systems. O'Dwyer Steel Recognised as one of Ireland’s and the UK’s leading suppliers of CE certified structural steel and cladding, O’Dwyer Steel has over 60 years’ experience. With a first-class reputation gained through a balance of competitive prices, commitment to quality, customer satisfaction and proven capabilities. voestalpine Metsec plc One of the UK’s largest specialist cold roll forming companies, providing products for the construction and manufacturing industries. voestalpine Metsec focus on adding value through expert design, precision manufacturing and on-time in full product delivery.

CPD ACCREDITED MASTERCLASSES Presenting rapid and efficient access to the latest information is crucial to success. The Offsite Masterclass Theatre provides over 40 hours of CPD Accredited presentations in a dynamic and interactive format. With dedicated light steel masterclass sessions curated and chaired by The Light Steel Frame Association, speakers from EOS Framing, Lucideon and Mas Architecture will take centre stage presenting a range of informative case studies and technology innovations.

OFFSITE CONNECT The Offsite Connect Forum is the most dynamic ‘meet the buyer’ business development opportunity of the year. Offsite Expo exhibitors can gain access to key industry professionals with a buying or specifying remit. This Forum offers a structured, effective way to connect with potential customers easily and cost effectively in highly focused meetings. If you have influence over procurement or specification decisions and would like to take part email:

FIND OUT MORE AND GET INVOLVED With over 75% of 2021 exhibitors and sponsors rebooking for the 2022 event, construction businesses are advised not to leave it too late to book promotional packages to ensure they maximise this highly targeted business opportunity. Here is just what one exhibitor had to say about OFFSITE EXPO: “We had an excellent couple of days exhibiting at OFFSITE EXPO 2021. The quality of visitors and the seminars were outstanding. Great to make so many new contacts and what a way to showcase our Thrubuild®, Thruwall® and Pre-Assembled Frames range of complete light steel frame solutions. It was thoroughly productive.” Steve Thompson, Managing Director, EOS Framing. To secure your free place go to: For more information on getting involved in OFFSITE EXPO 2022 as an Exhibitor or Sponsor email:





THE UK IS LEADING THE WORLD IN AFFECTING CARBON REDUCTIONS AND HAS RECENTLY PLEDGED TO MOVE TO A NET ZERO EMISSIONS TARGET BY 2050. YET WE STILL HAVE SIGNIFICANT STEPS TO TAKE TO MEET THE AMBITIOUS OBJECTIVES SET BY THE UK GOVERNMENT. TREVOR RICHARDS, DIRECTOR OF COGENT CONSULTING, SAT DOWN WITH LEADERS IN SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICES TO TALK ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF THE CLIMATE CHANGE EMERGENCY FACING CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONALS. Barriers to Carbon Neutral Recognising and finding ways to meet the requirements of changing regulations and policy demands is crucial in reshaping our approach to sustainability. But these changes may not come easily or quickly. The ecological clock is ticking, and we must take urgent action to mitigate the impact of global warming. So, what exactly are the obstacles holding back progress? “I think the biggest barrier is political. It is not the only obstacle, but it is slowing us down the most.” Carla Denyer, CoLeader of the Green Party of England and Wales, explains: “There was an interesting piece of research last year


which was the largest study of its kind – a representative sample of thousands of Brits sharing opinions on different climate policies. It was remarkable how radical some of the policies at the top of the list were with a carbon tax on polluting products and services receiving 94% support. We have to be realistic, brand-new technologies will not make an immediate impact. So, it is about rolling out existing proven technologies as fast as we can. The innovation is around doing this quickly and affordably rather than inventing something new.” It is clear from consumer research that there is a significant upturn in demand for sustainable materials and


building practises. David Leversha, Director and Net Zero Lead for Property and Buildings at WSP focused on the opportunity. “What I find really interesting is that there is a real opportunity here to be seen as leaders. I think the polling was really fascinating because people want to be informed – so they can do the right thing. Some areas are moving ahead faster than others, so it is cultural change as well as strong leadership that is missing.” Understanding Net Zero “It is all well in good setting targets and having regulations in place, but unless we have a solution that can address it, we are not going to achieve the objective with the amount of


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educating we do, even within the industry on the difference between embodied and operational carbon,” added Chloe Donovan, Chief Executive for Material Research. “New graduates in architecture and subjects where you would think they would have a really good grasp of this do not necessarily understand the impact material choices have on the ultimate carbon footprint of the building.” Misunderstanding surrounding terms like the carbon agenda and net zero may also contribute to difficulties in creating uniformity in education and training across the sector. Clarification and a better understanding of these goals and how to achieve them are becoming increasingly vital, explains Rodrigo Fernandes, Director, ES(D)G at Bentley Systems. “One of the points is the confusion surrounding net zero. We keep talking about it, but I wonder if senior managers at construction related companies can actually define what net zero is and what they are trying to achieve? I see some businesses putting a lot of effort into communicating what they do around sustainability but without bringing that into the product, corporate, or business strategy they will be at risk. The challenges that we have in front of us in terms of sustainability also create business opportunities. So, the regulation and policies that are important should define some standardisation in terms of reporting and disclosure.” Driving Innovation and New Skills Circling back to the barriers to achieving sustainable goals, Carla Denyer, Green Party of England and Wales, believes part of the answer lies in the skill sets available in the workforce.

Carla Denyer

Oliver Novakovic

David Leversha

Director, Cogent Consulting

Co-Leader, Green Party of England and Wales

Technical and Innovation Director, Barratt Homes

Director and Net Zero Lead for Property and Buildings, WSP

Kate Dougherty

Chloe Donovan

Rodrigo Fernandes

Head of Sustainability and Net Zero for Building Services, WSP

Chief Executive, Material Research

Director, ES(D)G – Bentley Systems

Something that both government and businesses have a significant role to play. “I think the skills gap is another challenge. Finding enough people in the construction industry who know how to deliver low carbon building or retrofitting is tough, and this is an area where government has a responsibility. But the industry also has a role to play. Those businesses in a position to invest can help make training happen. We can have the technology, but if we do not have the skills to build it at scale, then we are not going to get there in time.” So, does the answer lie in new innovation or improving existing systems? Certainly long-term, the solution must be found in both. Investment in the strategic planning and development of greener initiatives is paramount, but for rapid and immediate change, knowledge sharing remains vital. Kate Dougherty, Head of Sustainability and Net Zero for Building Services, WSP said: “I think the UK Green Building Council, RIBA and especially the London Energy Transformation Initiative are fundamental in terms of information share, the resources they are putting out there for free are excellent. When we are talking about design and design related opportunities, it is how we filter

this knowledge down into the industry. But then it is up to us as construction professionals to disseminate and make sure there is a level of understanding right throughout our organisations.” Oliver Novakovic, Technical and Innovation Director for Barratt Developments, supports this point. “We all have to make clear our criteria, objectives and drivers, so we can find the right products to meet our collective needs. I do think a lot of it is about open sourcing. We have to pool and share valuable information – government, industry consultants, advisors, universities – to really make this work, because without doubt this is an unprecedented challenge.” The roadmap to net zero construction or even the terminology involved is yet to be clearly defined and without strong direction and leadership supported by product innovation and education to overcome the barriers, there may be deviations along the way.

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their working life, steel has a re-use and recovery rate approaching 100%, making it one of the most recyclable materials on earth. Sales Director of voestalpine Metsec’s Framing Division, Chris Holleron comments: “In the not-too-distant future, architects, specifiers and developers could well find themselves having to meet carbon emissions targets for new developments. In addition to policies such as the much-vaunted ban on gas-fuelled heating systems that is currently making the news, these targets could well encompass the entire design, construction and ultimate demolition of a building, including reuse of the materials from which it has been constructed.

VOESTALPINE METSEC HAS RECENTLY PUBLISHED AN ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATION COVERING ITS PURLINS AND FRAMING SYSTEMS, UNDERLINING ITS COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY. Assurance of a system’s environmental credentials comes from a manufacturer’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). Verified by independent EPD authority, EPD Hub, the declaration provides designers, specifiers and developers with comprehensive information to include in a project’s sustainability assessment.

follows swiftly on the heels of its parent company, voestalpine AG, announcing a major initiative to achieve net zero carbon emissions in its Metal Forming Division by 2035, some fifteen years ahead of the targets set by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Compiled in accordance with EN 15804+A2 and ISO 14025/ISO 21930, the EPD covers all aspects of the products’ environmental credentials, from manufacture, transport and installation to end of life. The EPD includes a life-cycle assessment and environmental impact data comprising core environmental impact indicators, use of natural resources and end of life information.

At design stage, steel framing systems offer the potential for zero material wastage as all components are designed and manufactured to exact dimensions and assembled to strict tolerances. This precision transfers to the construction phases of a project where lightweight steel framing reduces the burden on foundations and assures maximum efficiency in installation and logistics as components can be delivered and installed immediately.

voestalpine Metsec’s publication of the EPD underlines the company’s commitment to sustainability and

In addition, whereas many other building materials are not readily recycled or repurposed at the end of



“In such a scenario, all materials and processes used in construction would need to meet criteria designed to assure net zero carbon emissions. Along with other parties invested in the project, materials manufacturers will need to state and prove the environmental credentials of their products and systems.” As the UK’s largest designer and manufacturer of constructional steel systems, voestalpine Metsec has always been at the forefront of the industry when it comes to setting, adopting, maintaining and verifying the most rigorous standards across all of its operations. Key to its carbon net zero commitment is not only the continuous interrogation and improvement of its processes to achieve net zero by 2035 but also providing designers and contractors with confidence that voestalpine Metsec systems, and their efficient installation, are as environmentally responsible as possible. The publication of EPDs is a key part of this policy. Whilst the process of making and converting steel into building components may appear carbon intensive, the advantages it offers can mitigate the building’s carbon footprint and once embodied within the steel carbon is not readily released.

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EPD IS REQUIRED ON MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN LONDON Meet the London Plan 2021 requirements with voestalpine Metsec’s Environmental Product Declaration

Architects, developers, building services engineers or sustainability engineers will require an EPD to ensure the energy strategy for any major projects in London, meets planning requirements at design stage. Verified by an independent EPD authority, the declaration provides designers, specifiers and developers with comprehensive information to include in a project’s sustainability assessment.

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THE POWER OF FASTENING BeA Fastening Systems is part of the successful global group BeA GmBH and has been in the fastening business for 50 years in the UK. BeA manufacture fixings and fastening for construction and industrial sectors across the world. In recent years in the UK, BeA has seen increasing demand from many offsite and modular build manufacturers, with a focus on housebuilding. The offsite industry has some unique and specific construction challenges; the type and quality standards of fixings are very often bespoke. Although staplers and nailers remain the core products from BeA, more recently our range of automatic solutions for larger scale manufacturing have seen increasing demand from offsite to include screwdriver options.

Fully Automatic AUTOTEC for Offsite Manufacturing BeA have semi-automatic and fully automated fastening solutions capable of reducing costs and further improving production efficiencies. Autotec is BeA’s fully automatic system with a full range of framing nail guns, coil nail guns and staplers. A Complete Service BeA also offer our customers an excellent service. This includes professional advice from our experts and field sales advisors, fast and on time delivery and both internal and mobile technical support tailored to our customers needs when it comes to maintenance and repair.

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DRIVING DESIGN EFFICIENCY IN OFFSITE Prefab construction utilises offsite manufacturing — a method that is far faster than the equivalent traditional onsite building process. This is due to the enclosed and controlled factory environment, the ability to coordinate and repeat activities, and an increasing level of automation. While the building elements are being factory manufactured, foundation and site works can take place simultaneously, allowing progress to be made much more quickly than traditional building methods. Efficiencies in the manufacturing process need to be matched by


efficiencies in the design process, this is where Vertex BD comes in.

vastly reduced, accuracy increased and costly errors avoided.

Vertex BD uses high levels of automation to rapidly reduce the time spent in the design phase, whilst giving its users the flexibility to build the way they need. Vertex BD is a BIM (Building Information Modelling) software which is your complete source of information for and steel framing project.

Vertex BD uses digital automation to seamlessly translate information about a project across all disciplines, so the plans, schedules, material reports, shop drawings, and manufacturing data can be automatically generated and saved within the BIM model.

Vertex BD specialise in cold-formed steel framing and we aim to offer our clients all the benefits from Vertex BD whilst fitting in with how they are currently operating. Design time can be


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an oversail arrangement where the SFS zone is outboard of the primary steel structure.


Passivhaus adopts a whole-building approach with clear measured targets focused on high-quality construction, certified through an exacting quality assurance process. Outstanding levels of building performance minimise operational carbon while the Passivhaus design methodology encourages optimisation of embodied carbon through efficient use of materials and radically reducing heating and cooling requirements. With the Passivhaus standard now being routinely applied in the UK to larger and more complex buildings we are starting to see the emergence of more steel frame elements or entire steel frames being designed to Passivhaus standards.


The design of a steel frame for Passivhaus brings unique challenges which construction teams may not have encountered when aiming for less ambitious fabric performance standards. The Passivhaus Trust has released a technical briefing note to guide the modelling assumptions required for steel frame projects. A primary steel structure is often combined with a light steel framing system (SFS) to form the floors and internal walls together with external walls which are described as infill walling when sited within the primary structure. The versatility of steel framing systems means that they can be assembled as


Steel framing systems can also be designed without a primary structure, with the structural loading capacity being provided within the SFS itself. This will typically rely on a thicker gauge than the infill option. Steel framing systems comprise smaller gauge cold rolled steel sections, typically in the range of 1.2-3mm thick, assembled on or offsite to create the opaque fabric elements of the building. These will be lined with a sheathing board to provide additional racking strength. The SFS elements may or may not sit within the insulation zone. Steel framing systems may consist of a range of different stud and beam sizes, even within the same wall depth. Whilst all the beam depths will be the same, the widths and gauges may vary to meet the structural requirements, especially at glazing apertures. Passivhaus Trust The Passivhaus Trust is an independent industry leading organisation that promotes the adoption of Passivhaus in the UK and is part of the global Passivhaus movement. The Trust is now working on a more detailed technical position paper on steel in Passivhaus construction for publication later in 2022.

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