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Our experts know how to hack the system, and get you much better quality and value than the – let’s admit it – relatively archaic typical builder.

We achieve this through:

  • mastering new building technologies from around the world
  • economies of scale, buying for multiple clients worldwide
  • eliminating the margins of exporters, importers and wholesalers
  • minimal overheads, as we’re fully on-line ánd located in a high tech but low cost, low tax European country

Minimum volumes apply, but if you’re a (semi)professional developer or investor chances are that a quick contact with us can save you large sums of money.

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BuildBoxx has a team of professional buyers that source building materials around the world, from Poland to Bulgaria over Africa to China. They know what to get where at what price.

We often buy directly from the manufacturer and group purchases from multiple clients in one bulk order.

Worldwide container shipments have become very affordable and we’ll handle the logistics for you.

So if you can play your purchase a little in advance, contact our buying team and tell us what you need!

Building Systems Steel Decks

Steel Deck

Steel Deck

Steel decks are an efficient way to create floors or ceilings – using long, ribbed steel panels (usually galvanized, to avoid any corrosion) that span between two beams. The panels are usually up to 6m long.

They often are used in a “hybrid” way, combined with a relatively concrete layer on top. The concrete then provides thermal mass and acoustic insulation – it’s just a clean, fast and efficient alternative for “normal” concrete floors.

Steel deck is a smart building system:

  • faster than normal concrete slabs, as no forms are necessary
  • lighter than normal concrete slabs
  • can immediately take some load and provide shelter
  • can be combined with other building systems
  • can use concrete for thermal mass or insulation
  • clean underside – some like to leave it exposed for modern interiors

Limitations of steel deck construction

  • although simple, may need specialized labor
  • needs other building systems for thermal mass, sound insulation, thermal insulation
Steel Frame

Steel Frame Construction

Traditional steel frame construction uses thick and strong posts and beams (usually with I- or H-shapes) to create the structure of the building.

It is extremely strong for its weight and resists very well to traction. Thus it allows for spectacular cantilevered constructions. Building is very fast but requires cranes and (usually) welders.

However, steel by itself is very bad for insulation. So it must be combined with other materials like SIPS panels for the hull of the building.

Steel frame is often associated with large buildings, but has been used for residential buildings since the 50’s – starting with notorious mid-century modernists and the famous “case study houses”.

Some like the honesty of the material and like to keep it visible in the house, while others hide the posts and beams inside the walls and floors.

steel frame construction modern
Steel frame was famously used for lots of the “case study houses”, the early mid-century modernists.

Steel frame is a smart building system:

  • extremely strong for its weight
  • allows for large overhangs and cantilevers
  • fast construction
  • can be prefabricated
  • can be combined with almost any other building material for the hull
steel is often used for large buildings and skyscrapers
steel frame construction barn house
Steel frame used for a simple barn house, with concrete foundation and wooden roof
Steel allows for spectacular overhangs

Limitations of Steel Frame

  • requires cranes and specialized labor
  • conducts heat/cold to the inside if not insulated
  • will contract/expand at different rates than other materials when the temperature changes, so precautions must be taken to avoid cracks (or make sure the steel frame is protected inside a well-insulated hull)
  • limited flexibility to make manual adaptations on-site