Fire Resistance Benefits of Light Gauge Steel Frame
Over the years, the construction industry has evolved significantly. With the increasing demand for newer commercial and residential buildings, the builders, and contractors continue to seek newer, and innovative construction materials and technology. One such innovative construction solution that has gained immense popularity over the past few years is the Light Gauge Steel Frame or LGSF.
Light Gauge Steel Frame is an innovative, modern and reliable construction material that is specifically used in prefabricated building constructions. It is strong, durable and allows design flexibility.
The LGSF is made by cold-formed process and uses high-quality galvanised steel, making it a perfect choice of construction material for roofing frames and load-bearing walls. Another significant feature of LGSF is that it is up to 70% lighter than the conventional RCC construction.
Although the conventional RCC construction continues to exist, it is slowly eclipsed by the popularity of the modular and prefabrication construction methods. The use of LGSF is largely prevalent in modular buildings and construction techniques.
Tata Steel Nest-In, the leading modular construction service in India, uses LGSF for its prefabricated construction solution like HabiNest. It weighs almost 70% lesser compared to traditional structures, and uses steel which is 100% recyclable. Construction of up to G+3 levels are possible with HabiNest and is the ideal choice for building industrial amenities, residential complexes, offices, community centers, schools, hospitals, and more.
The key benefits of Light Gauge Steel Frame in relation to fire safety are as follows:
- Steel is non-combustible, it does not add to the fire load of the building.
- Fire protection for LGSF is typically provided by the boards used for internal lining, e.g. gypsum-based boards.
- The amount of combustible material in a light gauge steel framed building is much lower than in other forms of traditional construction.
- Modules and pre-boarded light steel panels are fire protected before delivery to site.
Thus, you can be sure that LGSF reduces the risk of fire to a great extent. LGSF structures like HabiNest has less environmental impact compared to conventional structures.HabiNest structures have a superior strength-to-weight ratio, which lends them a high resistance to seismic and strong wind force. The walls of the structure can withstand fire for up to 90 minutes. Nest-In by Tata Steel is one of leading modular construction services in India that uses LGSF and builds all the structures by abiding to the safety guidelines against the risk of fire