The origins of the lightweight construction is found in the aviation and space industry. Already at the end of the 19th century, aviation pioneers like the brothers Wright were focused on the diverse aspects of lightweight constructions. In consideration of sustainability and ecology, the lightweight construction has gained of importance.
The lightweight steel construction is still a relatively new term in Central Europe. In contrary, Scandinavia, North America or Japan have already adopted this method of construction. The building technology is similar to the wood frame construction. The characteristic attribute is an optimized design regarding the carrying capacity, weight reduction, sound insulation, non-combustibility and earthquake safety.
The very light profiles are put together to a frame, planked and isolated.
The application areas include extended dry construction, prefabricated exterior walls, building extensions up to multi-storey living and commercial buildings.
Every single component of the system has a high recycling rate as well as a lot of reprocessing potential. Because fewer ressources are used, the energy consumption is reduced – both during consumption and maintenance or during a later dismantling.
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