The Beststeel Framing Systems are derived from the model wood construction technology in North America. After more than 100 years of different developments around the world, Beststeel Framing Systems have formed a mature building system with excellent physical properties, flexible space modeling, convenient construction, and various forms. As a North American strategic partner of the famous light steel structure brand BESTSTEEL, LINTEL STRUCTURE brings today’s world’s finest light steel structures back to Vancouver – from North America, back to its homeland. The big theme is starting.
The greatest truths are the simplest · Beststeel Framing Systems
Minimalism is not a style, it is an attitude, a way of being. It’s a fundamental reaction against noise, visual noise, disorder, vulgarity. Minimalism is the pursuit of the essence of things, not the appearance. – Claudio Silvestrin (world class minimalist architectural design master)
The core value of Beststeel Framing Systems
Life safety (specifically fire protection) has been and will always be a primary concern of the building codes. Steel is a non-combustible material with a melting point of approximately 1500°C (2700°F) and therefore doesn’t burn and does not contribute to the ignition of fires, the spread of fires, or the size and severity of fires. It maintains its non-combustibility throughout the entire lifecycle of building; during building construction, occupation or future renovation/repair. This provides a reduced fire risk to occupants, minimizes the impact on municipal fire services, and results in less property damage and collateral damage to adjacent buildings if a fire should ever occur.
The National Building Code of Canada (NBCC) and provincial building codes recognize differences between combustible and non-combustible construction. Here are just some of the main advantages of noncombustible steel construction in midrise buildings versus combustible construction in the NBCC:
- No fire resistance ratings or sprinklers are required in midrise residential (Group C) and business (Group D) buildings up to 3 storeys
- Significantly larger floor area allowances are allowed in buildings up to six storeys when sprinklers are specified
- No maximum floor area or height limitations exist for buildings greater than six storeys when fire rated
- Steel framing systems are permitted beyond six storeys, unlike combustible construction
- No restrictions related to building distance/stand-off from streets or percentage of building facing streets
- No requirement for non-combustible roofing or cladding or sprinklering of balconies or concealed spaces such as attics and closets
- Unlike wood, which propagates a fire, bare and prepainted steels have no flame spread rating or smoke developed classification. Flame spread is primarily a surface burning characteristic of materials, and a flame-spread rating is a way to compare how rapid flame spreads on the surface of one material compared to another.
Recent changes to relax building codes to permit increased building heights for combustible wood framing have had a predictable result: a rash of large, catastrophic fires in Canada and the US that have destroyed entire building complexes and caused significant damage to adjacent properties and infrastructure. These urban forest fires have challenged the resources and equipment of fire services, increased course of construction insurance rates for builders, and prompted several concerned provinces and municipalities to implement regulatory strategies for site safety practices during the construction of combustible buildings that will ultimately increase construction costs and lengthen building occupancy periods. The mounting evidence of these building code changes calls into question whether the relentless pursuit of supposedly cheaper construction methods is really worth putting the public at risk.
Builders, contractors and design professionals must be concerned with overall system construction costs from the design phase through to the operational phase, and not simply the raw material costs of structural and nonstructural systems. While it is not uncommon for certain materials industries and special interest groups to promote the affordability of a specific building material over others, there is a growing concern that the overall impact of material selection is being ignored or concealed. This is a result that will be costly for all stakeholders involved. It is paramount for developers, designers, building professionals, owners and other stakeholders to consider the case for steel and its many proven cost advantages, choose the best material for the building project based on all direct and indirect economic benefits, and challenge the claims of competing materials industries.
The cost-effective advantages of light steel construction are mainly reflected in the cost savings of design, the convenience and speed of construction, the reduction of insurance costs, the reduction of fire protection costs, the absence of hidden construction costs, durability, stability and moisture resistance. Natural pest control and other aspects. See the detailed report of the follow-up article for details.
Sustainability and Environmental Factors
Steel is the world’s most recycled material. In 2012 alone, 88 million tonnes of steel were recycled in North America.10 Steel, when recycled, loses none of its inherent properties and can be recycled into different products such as cars, bridges, cans and appliances as well as higher grades of steel.
- Steel in North America is always made with avg. minimum of 25 percent recycled content.
- Steel is continuously recyclable—meaning it can be recycled over and over without loss of quality.
- Today, 97 percent of steel by-products can be re-used and the recycling rate for steel itself is 81 percent.
- Every ton of steel recycled conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone.
- Steel is North America’s most recycled material with more steel recycled than paper, plastic, aluminum and glass combined.
- Through recycling, the steel industry saves the energy equivalent to power 20 million homes for one year.
- The steel industry has reduced its energy intensity by 32 percent and CO2 emissions by 37 percent per ton of steel shipped since 1990.
- According to the U.S. EPA’s Sector Performance Report, the domestic steel sector is recognized as having the steepest decline of total air emissions among nine manufacturing sectors studied.
The First Beststeel Frame Systems Townhouse in Vancouver
This project involved five light steel structure townhouses, and was a developer property acquisition and redevelopment project. The townhouses are located between Cambie Street and Oak Street, the central area of Vancouver’s west end. It is steps away from Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), and south of Queen Elizabeth Park and VanDusen Botanical Garden. Furthermore, the skytrain station is within a 15-minute walk, so transportation is very convenient. The biggest feat of the project is that it is the first light steel structure constructed in the Great Vancouver area, which has made it an exemplar for innovative design.
The lightweight but strong steel main structure allows the building space to be greatly released, so that the designer’s imagination is like a wing that is soaring.
Maco Construction and the Beststeel Frame Systems
In view of the Beststeel Frame Systems townhouse project on the west 15th street of Vancouver has a strong demonstration function, the developer has very strict requirements on the contractors’ technology, experience, and reputation.
Maco Construction has participated in the construction of the project’s infrastructure and related supporting facilities from the very beginning. The following illustration shows the construction site of the foundation excavation, concrete pouring, underground water pipe, manhole and circuit laying of the first light steel structure urban house project in the city from one side.
The light steel structure has various advantages such as high prefabrication, energy saving and environmental protection, quick construction, shock and wind resistance, low maintenance cost, low material consumption, lightweight, low basic cost, rich shape, and comfortable living. Recognition and continuous development of applications. Let us wish that Lintel Structure light steel business in North America will be a great future! Also, wish that Maco Construction and Lintel Structure will go hand in hand to create brilliant!