Two new homes in one of Auckland’s most desirable suburbs, represent the luxury end of green building. Energy efficient and carefully resourced, the premium homes utilise FRAMECAD® steel framing because it’s durable, recyclable and stays straight.
NZBuilt commissioned Podoko to manufacture steel framing for two luxury eco homes in the Auckland suburb of St Heliers. NZBuilt owner Paul Belcher’s mission was to: “Show a green build and how to do it. There are not many architects designing green houses, so we wanted to create an example of what could be done”.
Paul Belcher elected to base the homes on steel framing because he believes it’s the most eco-friendly framing system available. “It’s lightweight and fully recyclable, and you can get greater spans than with timber,” he said.
In addition to the eco-friendliness of steel framing, Paul was keen on the rigidity of steel framing. “We had some particularly long rafters in these houses and I was worried about flexion. Initially, I was only going to use steel framing for the rafters, to ensure a really straight ceiling, but after talking to Glen I chose to use steel for all the framing,” said Paul.
Glen Tasker of Podoko used FRAMECAD Detailer to create detailed steel framing plans for the two houses, then manufactured frames using FRAMECAD manufacturing solutions.
The detailing software developed by FRAMECAD is recognised worldwide as the best. With a script-driven backend and a simple user interface, FRAMECAD Detailer talks directly to the FRAMECAD manufacturing equipment through FRAMECAD Factory to produce framing that is rigid, accurate and very quick to assemble.
All 422 load-bearing wall panels for levels three through seven of this 7-story (five levels on two levels of podium) project was fabricated at Douglass Colony's headquarters in Commerce City using FRAMECAD and shipped directly to the jobsite where the building was erected in a total of 40 working days, including all wall panels, flooring systems, and detailing with concrete poured and cured.
Dynamic Steel Frame hold the honour of having constructed the largest light-gauge steel (LGS) three storey apartment building in Australia using the FRAMECAD System. Located in the inner-western suburb of Yarraville, Melbourne, this three-level residential building illustrates how LGS is changing today’s approach to construction
In the US, the framing industry is changing rapidly. Concrete contractors are becoming a rarity and timber continues to offer challenges due to inferior material and a lack of availability. These days, US construction companies are turning more and more to cold-formed steel (CFS), and FRAMECAD partner Intellisteel is revolutionizing how these steel framed structures are built.
There are a great many benefits to be found when the decision is made to undertake off-site fabrication of partitioning walls through the use of FRAMECAD technology, rather than traditional on-site timber or stud track construction methods.