When it comes to homes in Australia, many people think Steel Framed Homes are a relatively new concept in modern housing. However, what many people don’t realise is that steel has been used as a building material for homes in Australia for over 50 years!
Looking back even further steel has been used as a construction material all over the world since before the 20th century. One of the first major uses of steel for construction was on train stations. After this, the use of steel expanded to include things like churches and other buildings. After World War II, shortages in building materials such as timber led to the development of a steel wall framing system in Australia called Econosteel. Econosteel was used in the construction of 300 houses in the ACT. The 1960’s saw a real boom in steel frame housing construction in Australia, during which time, an American builder on the Gold Coast constructed 50 steel framed homes. In 1968, the first ‘new era’ of steel framed homes were built using 1.2m think galvanised steel in Sydney.
If you take a look back in history, you can see that steel has reigned in construction for over a century. Today, steel is used all over the world for nearly every building application possible. Computer technology has made cutting and prefabrication of steel frames for kit homes more cost-effective and versatile. Steel frame and truss manufacturing technology for kit homes have now caught up with timber frame technology. Joining systems, screws and nail fasteners for kit homes have made the manufacture of steel frames easier, cheaper and more reliable.
In recent years, steel framed homes have experienced a boom due to the many advantages it offers to homeowners and builders. Some of the advantages of steel framed homes include:
- Steel is creative and versatile. Steel framed homes are limited only by your imagination. Steel framing allows for creative and flexible designs that are not possible with timber frames.
- Steel is cyclone strong. At Homefab, our homes meet compliance with cyclonic wind loadings across Northern Australia.
- Steel is environmentally friendly. Steel is 100% recyclable and causes minimal site impact. It is chemical-free as there is no need to treat it with pesticides and other chemicals.
- Steel framed homes are energy efficient. Compared to homes built from timber or brick, steel framed homes are more energy efficient in terms of thermal regulation. So they are cooler in summer and warmer in winter. This means you will need to spend less money on heating and cooling a steel framed home!
- Steel is maintenance free. Unlike timber, steel doesn’t require pest or mould treatment. All products used by Homefab are maintenance free which is an essential part of the overall Homefab design technique.
To find out more about our beautiful steel framed kit homes, contact us at Homefab. With a kit home design to meet any builder, homeowner or block, we could be the solution you are looking for! Contact Homefab today on ph 07 4092 2369 or email: [email protected]