LSFA Insight - Issue One Feb/Mar 22

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Latest news, views and useful intel from across the sector - raising awareness of the performance, productivity and sustainability benefits of steel framing systems.



With the impact of Building Regulation restrictions on combustible materials, steel framing technology is becoming even more integral to the future of construction, and this is why FOCUS ON FRAMING is an essential event for industry professionals. So, if you are looking to gain industry intelligence, stay in touch with the latest innovative systems as well as developing supply chain networks and new business opportunities – it’s the event for you. Taking place on Tuesday 29 March 2022 at the National Conference Centre (NCC) in Birmingham, the seminar and exhibition hosted by the LSFA, will shine a spotlight on pioneering projects and ground-breaking innovations. The light steel frame sector is more agile, advanced and digitally savvy than its competitors in other offsite material sectors. Bringing together light steel frame manufacturers, architects, engineers and industry specialists – FOCUS ON FRAMING is the only dedicated event of its kind. To gain insight and network with those who are shaping the future of the light steel frame industry – go to:

LSFA members receive a discount on tickets! FOR THE FULL SPEAKER LINE-UP TURN TO PAGE 7


LIGHT STEEL FRAMING MAGAZINE – CALL FOR CONTENT Published in partnership with the LSFA, the Light Steel Framing Magazine is always on the lookout for technology leadership articles, informative case studies and your light steel frame news, so if you have a ground-breaking development or innovation you would like to showcase – then we would love to hear from you. To submit your content for consideration, email:


MEET THE LSFA STEERING GROUP Mike Fairey – Steering Group Chair Joint Director and owner of Fusion Building Systems, Mike began his career in engineering in the early 1980s when he completed a five-year apprenticeship in prototype automotive design and testing. From there he moved into new business sales for the IT and communication industry, before joining Danka Business Systems as the UK Marketing Director. In the mid-2000s he took on a strategic role with a leading UK general asset lender to rationalise business operations and then in 2010, along with his associate Tom Salvesen he bought Fusion Building Systems. Mike brings vast experience to the role of LSFA Chair from the light steel frame industry and from other demanding roles. Mike is supported by:

Darren Richards

Ben Towe

Steve Thompson

Melanie Davies

Director, Cogent Consulting

Managing Director, Hadley Group

Managing Director, EOS Framing Group

Market Manager (UK), Etex Building Performance

Andrew Way

Marcus Wood

Gus Houliston

Alex Small

Associate Director, Steel Construction Institute (SCI)

Chief Operating Officer, Sigmat

Managing Director, Intelligent Steel

BIM & Digital Platforms Manager, Tata Steel

JOIN THE LSFA STEERING GROUP! The Steering Group meet on a quarterly basis to discuss key developments in the sector, knowledge share and agree the future objectives and activity of the LSFA. We are currently looking for Supply Chain and Client representatives to join us so if you would like to register your interest please email the team at



MAXIMISE YOUR MEMBERSHIP Just a reminder to all our members and those thinking of joining – the LSFA are here to promote your products/services and support your business objectives through: Newsroom – with updates from members and the industry. Project Gallery – featuring the latest member case studies. Profile Listings – with member details and downloadable literature. Web Banners – available to members to enhance profile. Social Media – tag @LSF_Association @Light Steel Frame Association Group

Please ensure your team has the LSFA marketing pack and provides content via Additional Member Benefits Include: • Working groups participation. • Preferential advertising rates. • Speaker/sponsorship opportunities. • Exhibitor/ delegate ticket discounts. • Event hosting opportunities. • Business development and networking opportunities Join the Light Steel Frame Association and maximise the unprecedented opportunities within the offsite arena:

Come along and meet the Light Steel Frame Association on stand AA61 We will be out in force representing the light steel framing sector in the offsite seminars at Futurebuild. The LSFA will be represented by: • Session Chair - Andrew Way, Associate Director, SCI & LSFA Steering Group • Alex Small, BIM & Digital Platforms Manager, Tata Steel & LSFA Steering Group • Joseph Sargeantson, Technical Director, Hadley Group Join the Light Steel Frame Association Group on Linkedin for more announcement of the speaker programme and presentations.

VALIDATION GUIDE Following the success of the LSFA’s Specification & Engineering Guide, which is freely available to download on our website – our next LSF advice document to be published is the Technology Validation Guide for light steel frame construction. Covering an accreditation overview for infill, oversail, panelised and modular systems – this guide offers architects and specifiers, insurers and warranty providers a summary of light steel frame accreditations, regulatory requirements, testing protocols for validation and details of warranty and testing providers together with a glossary of terms and FAQ’s. The Technology Validation Guide will be launched at Futurebuild - where you can pick up a copy. Light steel framing systems augment the construction industry with a spectrum of benefits from offering predictability of costs and programme to reducing risk and enhancing building safety. The versatility of steel offers architects the freedom to achieve their most ambitious visions. Building owners value its adaptability and the light open spaces are ideal for reconfiguring or extending with minimal disruption. To request a digital copy of the new LSFA Validation Guide please email:





Steel is one of the world’s most recycled products with research showing that 99% of structural steelwork is reused or recycled. The LSFA is on a quest to explain steel’s sustainability benefits and its role in the circular economy. A sustainable circular economy is one which reduces the burden on nature by ensuring resources remain in use as long as possible. Steel is fundamental in achieving a circular economy – components can be remanufactured, reused or recycled. With a long service life, we may have to wait a hundred years or more for steel that is in use today to be recycled or reused.

DESIGN FOR REUSE Recycling is one of the key mantras of our times but reuse for its original or similar purpose without vastly altering the physical form is not up there on the sustainability agenda – but why? Reuse of construction products offers even greater environmental advantages and involves repurposing with very little or no reprocessing. This is a new discipline for most designers – however, the process is not difficult. For example, deconstructed sections are inspected and tested to verify their dimensional and strength properties. The section is then shot or sandblasted to remove any coatings, refabricated and primed to the requirements of the new project.

Research carried out by the LSFA’s technical partner, the Steel Construction Institute (SCI) has estimated that there are around 100 million tonnes of steel in buildings and infrastructure in the UK. This ‘stock’ of steel is an important and valuable material asset that will be reclaimed and either reused or recycled in the future. The LSFA fully supports the ‘Protocol for Reusing Structural Steel’ produced by the SCI. This valuable research concludes that the environmental advantages of reusing reclaimed structural steel are considerable – there are also potential cost savings.

Download the Protocol for Reusing Structural Steel here:



ADVANTAGES There are many benefits to using light steel framing systems and here are just a few: Manufacture in factorycontrolled conditions • Delivering superior quality and reducing onsite errors • Providing speed of construction with shorter build times • Improving onsite health and safety and reducing risks • Reducing site labour requirements • Increasing resource efficiency and productivity Reducing wastage in manufacture and onsite • Minimising environmental impact • Vastly cutting disposal costs Eliminating shrinkage or unpredictable differential movement • Reducing complexity of structural detailing • Cutting potential remedial works

As an advanced non-combustible solution that does not add to the fire load of a building, high-performance steel framing systems are perfectly positioned to meet construction industry demands. Steel is a robust, rigid and dimensionally stable material that does not suffer from shrinkage, warping, movement or moisture related issues. Steel framing systems offer significant improvements in design capability and as an offsite manufactured solution, deliver both cost and programme certainty.

Providing a lightweight solution • Reducing structural loads • Lowering foundation requirements • Decreasing handling issues • Lessening crane requirements Reducing risk of fire during construction and in-use • Non-combustible and does not add to the fire load of the building

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OFFSITE AWARD WINNER FOR BEST USE OF STEEL TECHNOLOGY Located in Selly Oak, Birmingham – 504 Bristol designed by MAS Architecture is a new build mixed-use scheme involving commercial units on the ground floor and prestigious student accommodation set across four floors above, topped by a largely glazed and setback fifth floor. Only a stone’s throw from the University of Birmingham, the student accommodation comprises 70 self-contained luxury studios with various communal spaces. The challenge for MAS Architecture was to provide a building of architectural merit that was equal to the Victorian building which occupied the site. Designed with references to the shipbuilding industry made 504 Bristol unique but challenging to construct. The highly restricted access and time constraints meant the best construction solution would be hot rolled steel frame on the ground floor supporting a Comflor Transfer Deck to take four floors of cold rolled structural loadbearing steel above. A lightweight steel solution by Hadley Steel Framing was ideal for this project. As a manufacturer they wanted to demonstrate that the conical form could be delivered utilising their light steel frame system. As steel is such a versatile construction material, MAS Architecture were able achieve the innovative design as well as creating a structure that is both durable and safe. A highly cost-effective digital approach produced steel framing systems that could be ‘virtually tested’ and rapidly produced, reducing design and manufacturing time whilst simultaneously ensuring outstanding quality and accuracy. Costs were easier to predict, as design specifications were met thereby reducing the cost of snagging and remedial works. Offsite prefabrication meant the frames were delivered when necessary. This quick turnaround meant costs such as plant hire and site management were vastly reduced and the project was delivered well ahead of schedule. The client and contractor were provided with a watertight building within three weeks, which allowed them to commence internal building work and the installation of the cladding system simultaneously.



PROJECT TEAM Client: Avaro Midlands Architects: MAS Architecture Building Contractors: Hive Developments Structural Engineers: Howard Ward Associates Consulting Engineers: PRP M&E Engineers: SVM Building Services Chartered Surveyors: Edward Cooper Young Building Compliance: Salus Approved Inspectors


FRAMING 29.03.2022 NCC, Birmingham FOCUS ON FRAMING brings together professionals from across the industry to gain insight and network with those who are shaping the future of light steel framing.

SPEAKER PROGRAMME CONFERENCE CHAIR Mike Fairey, Chairman - Light Steel Frame Association HEADLINE EXHIBITOR AUDIENCE ADDRESS Craig Johnson, Trimble Trimble provides model-based software for the construction and engineering markets serving the entire construction lifecycle, supporting customers at every phase of a building project.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Terrence Busuttil, World Steel Association

constructsteel - positioning steel in construction globally An overview of constructsteel as a World Steel Association programme and its efforts to help position steel in construction globally.

Peter Hodgson, TATA Steel

Initiatives for a low carbon emissions steel industry Outlining the main step change technology options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in steel manufacturing, describing some of the global initiatives including Net Zero Steel Pathway.

Joe Sargeantson, Hadley Group

Presenting a case study on a pioneering mixed-use project Pre-panelised standalone steel frame offering a lighter and easier to erect alternative to steel and concrete primary structures for medium rise buildings.

David Ellison, Fusion Building Systems

Presenting a case study on an innovative education project Providing complete solutions in light steel frame panelised superstructures covering design, engineering, manufacture and installation.

Gavin Hunter, Intelligent Steel Solutions

Presenting a case study on Brent House, Wembley Situated in one of London’s newest creative neighbourhoods, Brent House at Wembley Place has become a recognisable asset to the community providing much needed affordable housing.

Keith Wood, MetStructures

Presenting a case study on Becketwell, Derby Featuring 259 apartments over 11 storey, Becketwell provides a mixture of studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments.

Daniel Selby, CoreHaus

Presenting a case study on a social value housing project With a goal to deliver community projects that make a real lasting impact, CoreHaus is a social enterprise that is passionate about the creation of social value









Supporting the Circular Economy



COLLABORATE TO INNOVATE Forward thinking with an inclusive culture – the Light Steel Frame Association unifies and unites construction professionals: • Increasing collaboration, joint venture and networking opportunities • Securing valuable industry intel and gaining direct access to the UK’s leading manufacturers • Exploring project parameters by joining the Design for Manufacture and Assembly debate • Gaining key industry contacts and securing business development opportunities • Acquiring light steel frame insight and technical offsite manufacturing expertise • Obtaining access to the latest research and information sharing with industry pioneers

Supply Chain

COLLECTIVE POWER The collective power of the Light Steel Frame Association is driving growth and specification of innovative light steel frame systems across all construction sectors. Our flat-rate annual fee for each membership category facilitates equal representation.

To be part of something bigger, contact us today… Call: 01743 290 030 Email: Light Steel Frame Association @LSF_Association