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.
Building 28 school extensions across one of the states in Nigeria is no simple task, but steel framing enables Xerona Michael to take on projects such as this with ease.
Signature Value Homes Limited decided to partner with FRAMECAD, having used their technology on previous projects and appreciated FRAMECAD’s reliability and excellent customer service. FRAMECAD’s advanced, end-to-end design and build system enables the rapid construction of quality buildings, wherever in the world it’s used. Signature Value utilised FRAMECAD’s design software for the full design and detailing of the units, as well as using their machines and software for the build itself.
Stadiums. Hotels. Housing. Infrastructure. Construction sites everywhere. With the FIFA World Cup just behind them, and the Olympics looming in 2016, Brazil has been going through an unprecedented and much publicised building boom.
Just about everywhere else in the world, steel framing is recognised for its many benefits. You can use low skilled workers to put it together and they can’t mess it up. It’s building by numbers – Meccano construction. Also, it’s ant and termite-proof.