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In Kirby PEB systems, the complete steel building package is delivered to site as a fully finished product. This includes the primary members, secondary members, cladding system, building accessories and other components. Site erection is fast and simple as all the building components are fixed through nut and bolt connection as per the erection drawings. No site fabrication or welding is involved which results in significant savings in construction time and superior quality when compared to conventional steel construction.

The PEB system is highly efficient in design due to synergy between building components. Primary members are made of tapered, built-up sections and secondary members from cold- rolled sections made of high-strength steel. High- strength steel is used. All structural elements are fully optimized by the proprietary computerized design program and hence there is a significant reduction in dead load reactions to the foundations.

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Due to lower self weight, we estimate savings to be at least 5%. However if you compare with local method of using fixed bases versus pinned bases in Kirby design, the saving would be in excess of 15%.

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No. Kirby can provide a building of any size, from a small car park shed to a massive industrial complex comprising thousands of square meters of covered area. However, for shipment, a minimum one-truck load would be economical.

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Kirby can supply the complete steel portion including standard accessories. Accessories that are not manufactured by Kirby can be supplied as buyouts (e.g. roll- up doors, cranes, beams, etc.), and included in Kirby's scope of supply. For mezzanine floors, Kirby will provide the steel framing and steel deck to receive in-site concrete slab. If flooring is of pre-cast concrete panels, Kirby will provide the floor supported beams.

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Yes. Since the building is site assembled by bolting, it is possible to dismantle and rebuild at a new location. The cost-benefits have to be worked out on a case by case basis, which would depend on size, complexity and distance to new location.

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The main advantages are:

  • Saving in construction time: About 30-50% saving in total project schedule due to fast delivery and quick site erection.
  • Reduction in project cost: Cost savings primarily result from above time savings on the project. This also results in earlier realization of revenue to owner on a commercial project.
  • Large clear spans: Buildings can be supplied in clear spans up to 100 m particularly suitable for warehouses, aircraft hangers, sports facilities, etc.
  • Flexibility in expansion: Buildings can be designed for future expansion in length, width and height.
  • Superior quality: Complete manufacturing is done in plant as per ISO 9001 quality standards.
  • Low Maintenance: High-quality paint systems are available for steel and cladding to provide a long maintenance free service life.
  • Energy efficiency: Buildings are supplied with roof and wall insulation to reduce energy costs and improve comfort level inside the building.
  • Architectural versatility: Buildings can be supplied with special fascias, canopies, curved eaves and other architectural features required on the project.
  • Single source responsibility: As the complete building steel package is supplied from a single source (Kirby), client is assured of proper interface between all components, resulting in a weather-tight building with good appearance.

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Yes. Kirby has supplied buildings in USA, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Far East, which encompass the full range of weather conditions, including snow loads, high desert temperatures, high humidity, proximity to sea, heavy rainfall, cyclone wind speeds, seismic loads, etc. Based on the ambient conditions at site and building usage, Kirby will design and manufacture the building to the specified requirements.

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Metal buildings can be designed to withstand high winds, heavy snow and earthquakes. These buildings are cost-effective, maximize useable space, expandable, maintenance free, fire-resistant and will not rot. Metal buildings can be custom- designed to fit the needs of almost any type of facility.

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As Kirby buildings are assembled at site by nuts and bolts, the units can be dismantled and shifted to new locations and reassembled. Kirby can also provide small portable units which can be transported on trucks in one piece from place to place.

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The savings would be basically due to a lower number of column foundations due to large spans and bay spacing plus reduction in column reactions due to less dead load of steel. It is not possible to quantify the cost savings as it would vary by type of project.

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