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.
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