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What is a Steel Building System?

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March 29, 2016

Defining a Pre-engineered Building System

People think of a high-rise skyscraper as a steel building system. Yet 90% of commercial buildings are low-rise structures under 25,000 square feet.

Steel pre-engineered buildings, commonly known as a PEBs, create a incredibly strong, long-lasting, affordable structures. The flexibility of PEBs make them the ideal building solution for most low-rise agriculrtual, aviation, commercial, industrial, recreational, and worship structures.

PEB RHINOWhat is a Pre-engineered Steel Building System?

A steel building system is exactly that— a system.

First, a customer supplies details on the size, location, end use, and specific loads for the structure.

Based on the information supplied, sophisticated steel structural software designs and engineers the structure. The software creates detail drawings for each framing component.

Factory-trained professionals manufacture each piece of the framing to these specifications. Every piece is cut, shaped, welded, drilled, punched, painted, and marked for quick identification.

Like a Gigantic Erector Set

PEBs go together quickly and easily. They are adult-sized versions of kids’ erector sets.

The kit arrives at the job site ready to assemble. Plans denote the exact location and placement of every piece:

  • Factory-produced steel “red-iron” columns and rafter beams bolt together with heavy-duty steel bolts and nuts, forming a single frame.
  • These frames are bolted to the foundation 20 to 25 feet apart, creating a “bay”— the area between to frames.
  • Steel girts are attached to the sides of the columns for lateral support.
  • Steel purlins connect the frames across the roof.
  • Corrosion-resistant Galvalume® steel panels screw to the roof and exterior walls forming the “skin” of the building.
  • PEBs may be finished with any building material, including block, brick, glass, stone, or tilt-up concrete.

Every RHINO order includes an anchor bolt diagram and three full sets of plans stamped by an engineer licensed for that state, and a Letter of Certification, to expedite permitting.

What could be simpler?

Call RHINO, the Metal Building System Experts

Contact RHINO Steel Building Systems now for more information about PEBs. Trust our metal building specialists to answer every building question and provide professional construction advice for your construction project. Free quotes are available.

Call the RHINO hotline at 888.320.7466 today.


- by Bruce Brown,
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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