Did you know that a shortage of building materials in Australia during the 1940’s led to the development of steel framing systems using bitumen coated steel sections?

Over the following years steel-framed houses were constructed throughout Australia using a variety of material thicknesses and profiles, whereas thinner high tensile steel is generally used for the frames today.

The industry is highly innovative due to its drive to become more material and cost efficient. In this it has the support of the Australian Standard for steel framing which is performance-based as opposed to prescriptive.

The idea behind steel framed housing is to use light, strong, cold-formed steel sections to make up the structural frame in a configuration similar to traditional construction.

The frame is compatible with all of the popular cladding and lining materials such as plasterboard, interior feature panelling, particleboard and plywood flooring, brickwork, fibreboard planking, metal cladding and tiling.

National Association of Steel-Framed Housing has shared their benefits of steel-framed housing and we couldn’t agree more.

  • The strength, rigidity and reliability of steel – a versatile man-made material manufactured to high standards of quality control.
  • Close dimensional tolerances in the members themselves, including a high degree of straightness, resulting in a frame that is accurately square with dead-flat wall surfaces.
  • No shrinkage or warping, so that linings and cornices stay in place – no unsightly cracks or ‘popping’ of nails.
  • Freedom from attack by termites, dry rot and borers.
  • Non-combustibility, which may attract lower insurance premium.
  • A galvanised or Zincalume coating which provides protection from any possible dampness under floors or in wall cavities.
  • Complete freedom in floor layout and architectural style.
  • Availability in a variety of fully engineered proprietary systems at economical and competitive cost.

See NASH on stand D26 at the Build & Renovating Expo from 4 – 6 July, 2013 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. 

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