AV Light Steel


AV Light Steel has incorporated this unique ABT. into it’s range of innovative system to add structural integrity and the solid feel as with conventional systems. This system is monolithic and therefore no structural cracks can ever occur, Thus, the system is structurally sound against forces of nature such as earthquakes, tornado’s and hurricanes.

AV’s Robust Building System

The "Robust Building System", is a unique approved , time saving and cost effective building method for

SUSTAINABLE HOUSING that can withstand 'forces of nature' such as earthquakes, tornados, hurricanes,

cyclones, floods, fires and termites.

The Robust Building System is a walling system that is designed to build stronger structures of all types

quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.

AV’s Robust Building System main benefits are:

  • The Robust wall is a strong structure of minimum 10Mpa up to 30Mpa. (Depending on Structural


  • Walls provide excellent thermal, acoustic, fire, water, wind and termite performances.
  • Robust wall complies with the performance insulation parameters, stipulated by the energy efficiency

legislation for new buildings - SANS 10400-XA, by achieving and surpassing the required R-value for all

new buildings.

  • It is a much faster construction method to that of conventional Brick & Block systems.
  • The panels are light weight and very easy to build with and requires limited skilled man power.
  • Robust walling is more affordable than conventional building methods due to its speed of construction.
  • The Monolithic continuous wall prevents this unique system from developing any structural cracks.
  • It is more versatile than most systems and can be adapted to meet any building design or plan.
  • The Robust building system is far superior to conventional walling systems when it comes to security, as it

is virtually impossible to break through the wall.

  • The system offers structural load bearing columns which is easy, fast and cost effective to use. It

eliminates the use of shuttering required with conventional methods and has an easy to use calculation

table that assists structural engineers with load calculations.

above and below ground.

Other added benefits:

  • Due to AV’s Robust Building System being a light weight structure, foundations can be designed to have

less structural steel.

  • The monolithic system is a structural ring beam and lends lateral strength to the structure, making it

possible for almost any type of floor slab to be placed on the walls with unsupported spans of up to


  • No requirement for structural columns needed with multi level buildings.
  • Due to no chasing of services, there is a saving in labour and machinery costs.
  • The speed of the system provides a saving in overheads and finance costs.
  • Robust is a compact system, therefore reducing transport costs dramatically.
  • Material wastage is kept to a minimum resulting in almost no rubble removal.
  • Shrinkage of material is eliminated. There are no manufacturing batch differences that could lead to

inconsistency in the quality of material supplied over a period of time.

  • Unskilled local labour, youth and women can be utilized to build the Robust structure.

Track Record:

The Robust Building System has a proven track record. The system has been in operation for the past 18 years

and has been used in various construction applications such as:

Multi-storey apartment buildings, Houses, Schools, Warehouses, Military camps, Swimming pools, Boundary

walls, Retaining walls, High security perimeter walls, Suspended floor slabs, Staircases, Infill walls, Game

Lodges, underground sewerage systems, water storage tanks both above and below ground and Silo's up to

18,000 ton capacity to name but a few.


The Robust Building System has been endorsed by the American Home builders Association and passed by the

Dade County Building Code, Miami, USA, which is recognized as one of the most stringent building departments

in the world. It holds all the necessary compliance certificates in South Africa such as National Home Builders

Registration Council approval and certification with "Agrément" South Africa.

Innovation in progress:

Although the system has already been implemented and proven in construction of suspended floor slabs,

structural columns and structural boundary walls, it is currently in the process of certification through "Agremént" South Africa for all of the abovementioned applications.

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