We build with LGSF because there’s no material that can match it for construction in India. Any new technology should meet and exceed the advantages of the technology it seeks to replace. In India, that’s concrete, brick and cement. Building homes using steel frames is a new technology here, though it has been around in the developed world for more than 30 years now. Steel technology has reached such a peak since the past decade that technologies like LGSF have quickly become the ideal construction material.
Around 40% of all homes built in the warmer states of the US, like Hawaii, California and Florida are built with LGSF. In Southern Australia, it’s 30% of all homes. In Japan, a region with unique weather conditions, 150,000 homes are built this way each year.
We use this technology in a way that addresses every pain point experienced by a home builder in India.
Here are some queries we’re asked very often, with answers:
- Is this prefab construction?Open or Close
Yes, but with an important twist.
When people think of prefab homes, they think of prebuilt or preassembled ready homes. Most prefab companies only offer set models, that can’t be altered much.
But when we say prefab technology we mean that the components of your home are premanufactured, not necessarily the design. You have complete creative freedom over the design, like any other construction project, and manufacturing only happens once it has been finalized. Of course, we offer ready designs for those that enjoy the convenience, but you’re not limited to them in any way!
This is the best of both worlds, and a win-win solution for us and the client.
- What is LGSF? What role does prefab and LGSF play in the way you do things?Open or Close
LGSF is construction-grade steel that has been folded into frames so that it can be used as a highly durable and convenient structure for your home’s walls, completely replacing materials like brick and concrete by surpassing them with numerous advantages. LGSF and the concept of prefabrication form the basis for the quality of our services! We’re not offering a cheap, low-quality alternative to conventional construction. We think this is now the best way to build. We’re competing directly with the existing methods. Steel buildings are strong, built in weeks, can last past a 100 years with maintenance, are 100% pest and mold resistant, virtually error-free due the computerized process, naturally disaster-proof, and environmentally-friendly from being 100% recyclable and from using significantly less water and power.
Here’s a nice blog post on our main company page that details our thought process behind starting this company: Steeling the Show, by SD Groups
- Do you use conventional materials for anything?Open or Close
We don’t need to, except for the foundation (see related question below). But some people like to use concrete, brick or cement for certain parts of their home. There are also certain special use cases for other materials. Fortunately, our technology works very well with most other construction materials, so it’s not a problem if you require it. We offer a brick tile cladding for clients who like the aSD Groupstics of brick.
- Is it strong? Is it safe? How long will it last? Will it withstand earthquakes and cyclones?Open or Close
Our steel frames are designed by a specialized software under the supervision of qualified and experienced civil engineers. It is as strong as any normal building, and can even be made stronger by design. The structural strength of all our buildings is certified by an experienced engineer before it is built. It is also safe as the walls are made of high-yield- strength galvanized tensile steel covered by cement-fiber boards. This will last for more than 50-60 years! (even 100+, if maintained well!). Because of the way it is built, steel frame structures are inherently earthquake and cyclone proof.
- Is it suitable for Indian weather conditions?Open or Close
Absolutely! The skin of the building is essentially cement, with a weather-proof coating of primer and paint. The frame structure is rust-proof and corrosion resistant. The walls can also be clad with ceramic tiles, stone or even wood, to give additional protection or to enhance the aSD Groupstics.
- Does it cost more than conventional construction?Open or Close
Fortunately, we’ve made it a point to keep the price point competitive with conventional construction. So it essentially costs the same, with many important advantages and very little downside. As we mentioned in a previous question, we’re not offering a cheap, low-quality alternative to conventional construction. We think this is now the best way to build. We’re competing directly with the existing methods. Also, there are savings in the form of rapid completion of the project and high quality and accuracy. As you can imagine, the 12 week foundation-to- finished time frame is a particularly huge advantage in terms of cost, budgeting and bank loans.
- Can I make alterations? Add another floor to my house in the future?Open or Close
If you intend to build additional floors in future, it can be factored in during the design stage with ease. Minor and major alterations are possible, but not without some effort!
- Can I add another floor to an existing house with this technology?Open or Close
Yes! In fact, this technology is perfectly suited for terrace extensions, and used world over for that very purpose. The steel frames are considerably lighter than the concrete or brick you’d typically use, which means we can build on top of your house even if it wasn’t designed for the load. This is the best way to build a beautiful loft home on the top floor! You also won’t annoy your neighbours with mess and noise.
- Is a foundation required?Open or Close
We highly recommend it. Though the overall weight of the structure is much less than a conventional building, a stable and strong foundation is a requisite for any type of permanent construction. The foundation need not be excessive or elaborate, and there is considerable time saved in the foundation-laying process itself. It is also immensely suitable for adding an additional floor on an existing building. The only exception to this recommendation is in the case of portable homes. These will use a less permanent base.
- Can I build a house in the hills using your technology?Open or Close
Of course! We can build on any terrain and to any size! It is easier to ferry the raw materials (steel frames etc) across rugged terrains than bricks and sand!
- Can I build with this technology in my coastal village in Mangalore? How about a humid and rainy plaOpen or Close
Yes. Many buildings have already been build on beach fronts (example Baga Beach, Goa) using this technology. The frame structure uses a high-yield- strength tensile steel that is coated with a special alloy made of Aluminium, Zinc and Silicone (‘Galvalume’) which is highly resistant to corrosion and rust.
- This is a new type of technology.. so who will maintain my house?Open or Close
The maintenance of this house is not different from any other. It’s actually easier, because of the structure of the walls and its modularity! Also, SD Groups FAB Homes will be happy to take the responsibility of maintaining your home and keep it in top condition for the life of the building, through our renewable Comprehensive Annual Maintenance Contract (CAMC).
- Is this technology in use anywhere else in the world? Have I seen it before?Open or Close
It’s incredibly popular abroad and even in North India. It’s quickly becoming the favoured way to build. It’s quite hard to tell by sight because the homes aren’t visually distinguishable from conventional construction! It hasn’t yet caught on in the south, that’s why we’re bringing it here in a way that addresses all the pain points of a home buyer.
- With so many advantages.. surely there must be disadvantages?Open or Close
Yes, but the list is quite short! There are just three, in our experience:
- Advanced sound-proofing is not as straightforward as for a conventionally-built home. The walls are hollow unless they’re filled with something (we offer many options with different properties).
- All aspects of the house, especially all service lines, have to be well-planned beforehand. It requires effort to make changes on-the- fly after the design has been finalized.
- The Indian government has restrictions in place for building higher than five stories with LGSF. But this will change as the technology gains acceptance. Also, this is only limited to LGSF, not other types of steel frame construction. Do note that this restriction doesn’t apply to extending a concrete structure of any height with additional LGSF-based floors.