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New Technology Changing How Steel Studs Are Used in Construction

New Technology Changing How Steel Studs ; A startup wants to shake up the traditional timber frame industry in the Lower Mainland with steel technology and methods from New Zealand.

LifeTec uses FRAMECAD, a cold-formed steel framing system that allows studs to be designed fully digitally and then shaped by a custom machine.

“Essentially, we build the entire house by stitching it into a virtual space,” said Krishna Joliffe, head of LifeTec.

The data is then entered into a machine that transforms the steel into wall panel, floor joist and truss roof parts by cutting, punching and roll stretching. The assemblers then screw the pieces together.

The team can produce approximately 1,500 to 2,000 square feet of wall panels per day for an average home project. Parts are packed on pallets, delivered and then assembled on site; this takes about a week for the average home.

“When it comes to the construction industry, the elements that provide a lot of time eliminate a lot of human errors and traditional construction misconceptions,” said Jolliffe. “90 percent of the description ends to go to the construction site.”

He noted that LifeTec’s frame structures have a variability of only half a millimeter, unlike the traditional wooden frame that moves and swells. This means that working with steel windows or other items do not have to wait to load. -New Technology Changing-