All over the world, pre engineered building system or PEB system is becoming an eminent segment in pre engineered construction industry. It has become possible because pre engineered building system encompasses all the characteristics that are compatible to modern demands viz. speed, quality and value for money. Pre engineered buildings find many pre engineered construction applications, which could be intrinsic and high-end.
Technological improvement over the year has contributed immensely to the enhancement of quality of life through various new products and services. One such revolution was the pre-engineered buildings. Through its origin can be traced back to 1960s its potential has been felt only during the recent years. This was mainly due to the development in technology, which helped in computerizing the design. PEB concept has been very successful and well established in North America, Australia and is presently expanding in U.K and European countries. PEB construction is 30 to 40% faster than masonry construction. PEB buildings provide good insulation effect and would be highly suitable for a tropical country like India. PEB is ideal for construction in remote & hilly areas. A recent survey by the Metal Building Associations (MBMA) shows that about 60% of the nonresidential low rises building in USA are pre engineered buildings.
Although PEB systems are extensively used in industrial and many other non residential constructions worldwide, it is relatively a new concept in India. These concepts were introduced to the Indian markets lately in the late 1990s with the opening up of the economy and a number of multi nationals setting up their projects. India has an installed steel capacity of 35 to 40 million tones & apparent steel consumption is around 27 to 30 million tones
The current pre engineered steel building manufacturing capacity is 0.35 million tons per annum. The industry is growing at the compound rate of 25 to 30 %
PEB systems are extensively used in industrial and many other non residential constructions worldwide, it is relatively a new concept in India. These concepts were introduced to the Indian markets lately in the late 1990s with the opening up of the economy and a number of multinationals settings up their projects. The market potential of PEBs is in excess of 12 lakh Metric tones per annum. The current pre engineered steel building manufacturing capacity is 0.35 million tonnes per annum. The industry is growing at the compound rate of 25 to 30 %.
The steel structures (SS) market in India is in excess of 4.5 Mn.MT, growing at a rapid pace of more than 10% p.a. over the past few years. This market has experienced a higher growth compared to both Indian steel industry as well as Indian construction GDP. Overall construction sector accounts for majority (greater than 80%) off
In India, Pre-engineered building systems find application primarily in the construction of Warehouses, & Industrial sheds & Buildings. The recent focus has also shifted to cover rural as well as urban, individual and mass housing projects, farm houses, slum re-organization projects and rehabilitation projects, amenity structures like health centers, kiosks, primary schools, etc. The pharmaceutical industries and exhibition centers, and functional requirements like offices, seminar halls, call centers, supermarkets, showrooms etc. have also attracted PEB. Earthquake-resistant buildings are the recent applications of PEB with wide and immediate acceptance.
PEB concept has acted as a catalyst in the infrastructure development of the country. Single storied houses for living take minimum time for construction and can be built in any type of geographic location like extreme cold hilly areas, high rain prone areas, plain land, extreme hot climatic zones etc.
Almost every conceivable building use has been achieved with PEB; the most common applications are industrial, institutional and commercial.
Applications of Pre Engineered steel buildings include
- Houses & Living Shelters
- Sport Halls (Indoor and Outdoor)
- Aircraft Hangers
- Office Buildings
- Labor Camps
- Petrol Pumps/Service Buildings
- Community center
- Railway Stations
- Equipment housing/shelters.
There is a great possibility of improving the aesthetic quality with a choice of roofing elements, exterior finishes, weather-sheds, color system and variations in planning as well as massing.