On request by the SANDF, SASFA presented a 5-day training course for light steel frame building contractors at the Old Fort Rd Military Base in Durban. It was intended to qualify their foremen and artisans in light steel frame building, in preparation for a building project on the site. Building of 5 three-storey blocks (accommodation and offices) is planned.
The course is growing in popularity, as an increasing number of building contractors, developers, architects and engineers wish to become more knowledgeable about LSFB, also on a practical level. The course will be presented again in February 2017 at the Marley Building Systems training centre in Germiston.
The course was split into two sections:
Steel frame materials, components, and erection (3 ½ days), covering introduction, the steel making process and properties of coated steel sheet, followed by sections on foundations, manufacturing of light steel frames and trusses, construction tools, wallframe set-out, handling, loads, floor framing, wall framing, roof structures, planning and the installation of services, and
Internal lining, external cladding and insulation (1 day), covering the properties, manufacturing and benefits of glasswool insulation, acoustics, energy efficiency, environmental issues, storage and handling of glasswool and tools and installation methodology.
This was followed by a section on gypsum plasterboard, covering properties, storage and handling, cutting, tools and application for walls, ceilings and finishing.
Finally fibre cement board for external cladding was addressed, including the installation of the vapour permeable membrane, sizes and availability of fibre cement – boards and planks, fixing accessories, installation guidelines, and door and window frame installation detail was presented.
As part of the course, the students had to write two tests to assess their understanding of the subject matter. Certificates of successful completion were issued to those who passed the tests.
The students of Regional Works Unit Kwa Zulu Natal under the command of Capt (SAN) S. Mashigo who enrolled for the course included amongst others plumbers, electricians, and project managers. Col E Jacobs coordinated arrangements for the course from the SANDF’s side.
The SASFA members who supplied support for the course and made it possible were Saint-Gobain, Martin and Associates, and Simpson Strong-tie. Bosch Tools illustrated their wide range of equipment suitable for use in the LSFB industry.