Metsec view the complete system as being far more than the high performance, lightweight steel framing components that make up the SFS product; it also includes the value engineered design and fully detailed drawings, prepared by the steel suppliers’ technical team, the full range of standard and bespoke accessories, available for completeness of installation, together with the expert sales and technical support provided from initial consultation through to final installation.
Structural engineering expertise and vast practical construction experience have enabled Metsec’s design teams to create an innovative approach to the design of structural openings. The prime objective with every project is to deliver a solution that meets all of the performance requirements, whilst maximising the economic benefits of efficient design and installation. This allows Metsec to significantly reduce the overall weight of steel at design stage, without sacrificing the building’s functionality, appearance or performance. The result is a more efficient and cost-effective solution. The ‘free design’ services offered by some suppliers rely on over-engineered design solutions which can increase the overall weight and value of steel used, resulting in an uneconomic solution for both the installer and main contractor.
SFS epitomises Metsec’s drive to lead the way in lightweight steel construction solutions by meeting the industry’s need for time, cost and production efficiency. Official recognition of this comes from the Faithful and Gould report, which concluded that SFS can deliver cost savings of up to 39% over traditional block work in the construction of inner leaves of external walls.