The Process

1. 1. Analysis

In the initial stage a computerized analysis is performed on the building's energy consumption: lighting levels, thermal comfort and building performance prediction. This analysis allows, at an early stage, to improve the architectural design, building envelope or building systems in order to save energy consumption in the building indoor light and improve the air quality for habitation.

2. 2. Engineering and Shop Drawings

The steel frame is designed by an engineer and is built using a unique CAD software. At this point, the skeleton is custom fitted to the architectural program and the engineering solutions to the forces exerted on the building are found. Subsequently, the manufacturing instructions are provided and transferred accurately by the computer software to the production machine.

3. 3. Manufacturing

The process includes the cold roll forming of the steel according to the data that was entered into the machine. Each profile is marked with a letter and number according to its place on the shop drawing.

4. 4. Frame Assembly

Workers assemble the walls and beams by tightening  the studs in pre-drilled holes.

5. 5. Transportation

If the production is performed off-site, the assembled walls are transported to the site. Since this is a light steel frame, transportation costs are significantly reduced.

6. 6. Wall Construction

The assembled walls are erected by crane or by hand, according to the size of the frames and connected by simple drilling screws according  to the engineering plan.

7. 7. Truss and Wall Alignment

Once the walls have been erected, the trusses are fixed in place to support the ceiling and the walls are aligned by the surveyor.

8. 8. Anchoring Walls to Foundation

At this point the steel walls are anchored to the concrete foundations using special anchors manufactured for this purpose, according to the engineer's calculations.

9. 9. Mezzanine

The corrugated sheets add strength to the floor and act as the foundation for the concrete casting of the mezzanine.

11. 15. System Layout

Plumbing, electricity and air conditioning can be designed in advance so that they will fit ideally within the steel frame, in this way saving time and money. No unnecessary cuttings, repairs and re-making.

13. 10. Roof

The method is suitable for every type of roof - flat, sloped, cast, green, with solar system, or with shingles - depending on customer requirements and engineering design.

19. 11. Building Envelope - Insulated Trimo Panel

The building's envelope largely determines the thermal-acoustic performance. Therefore, designing and executing the envelope properly has paramount importance  - energy, acoustic and sealing wise.

21. 14 . Building Envelope - Prodema

The building's envelope largely determines the thermal-acoustic performance. Therefore, designing and executing the envelope properly has paramount importance  - energy, acoustic and sealing wise.

22. 16. Insulation

The level of thermal and acoustic insulation has  tremendous effects on the energy consumption of the building, thermal comfort and air quality. Therefore the method, materials and thickness of the insulation requirements are adapted to customer requirements and the climate zone in which the project is executed. Spray insulation (as opposed to laying mattresses) allows a complete and uniform coverage of gaps and prevents the collapsing phenomenon of insulation during the life span  of the building. Insulation is a significant factor in air quality, therefore materials without harmful environmental impact - cellulose (based on recycled paper) and plant-based foam- have been selected.