The Case for Light Gauge Steel: WASTE



up to 10 times LESS WASTE THAN BUILDING with timber

 ...using light gauge steel roll forming technology from Howick FRAMA machines...


In contrast to the amount of waste produced by traditional timber-based construction methods, light gauge steel offsite and modular construction methods promote the efficient and effective use of materials, leading to significant reductions in construction waste. Studies* have shown that using light gauge steel in the construction process can result in an average of 2% steel construction waste, compared to up to 20% timber construction waste.

Howick's own ongoing customer analysis supports these findings with the total material waste for steel (0.75mm light gauge steel) averaging only 3%, compared to 20% timber construction waste with customers using 3.5" timber studs.

BRANZ^, who aim to recycle 90% of construction waste, also back these findings.  When the organisation recently refurbished its New Zealand based headquarters, the ratio of steel to timber construction waste was 2:20 (10x).




Howick - Waste reduction THROUGH offsite CONSTRUCTION


 ...using light gauge steel roll forming technology from Howick FRAMA machines...


Offsite modular construction is an affordable and efficient alternative to traditional construction and is proving to also be the most sustainable construction option, keeping tons of waste out of landfills all over the world.

Units are manufactured and assembled in a controlled environment, significantly reducing material waste associated with poor weather conditions. Once the units are up to 90% complete offsite, they are delivered to the building site. Reducing the work performed onsite significantly limits construction waste that may be generated on the project site where it often is difficult to gather, retain, protect and re-purpose building materials. Studies* have shown that volumetric offsite construction can reduce waste by 70% or higher.

Excess materials from one project can be re-purposed or recycled instead of being discarded at the end of a project, as they may be on a conventional construction site. Up to 85% of steel is recyclable.


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