Is it time to rethink the way we build?December 18th, 2023
Against a backdrop of global material shortages, increasing labour costs, affordable housing shortages, and a rapidly changing climate, the Australian construction industry must continually adapt to address these challenges with purposeful and sustainable solutions. Light gauge framing made from TRUECORE® steel may offer a versatile solution to tackling some of these industry challenges.
Steel is a key enabler for a construction industry seeking rapid efficiency and non-combustible materials that can be supplied locally to build homes, apartments, schools, and commercial buildings.
“Steel lends itself to structures that are designed for long life, resilient and flexible to accommodate multiple future reuse options without reinvestment in structural alteration and refurbishment and designs where end-of-life considerations are key, such as designing for disassembly and reuse” said Antony Schillaci, BlueScope’s Manager, Marketing & Market Development.
“TRUECORE® steel is made by BlueScope to strict tolerances, fully complies with all relevant Australian Standards and incorporates BlueScope’s patented Activate® technology – a thoroughly tested protective aluminium/zinc/magnesium alloy coating. Framing made from TRUECORE® steel can be prefabricated offsite, to support minimising waste and driving efficiencies onsite. Light gauge steel framing is strong, straight and true and dimensionally accurate which assists with improving the efficiency of installers and follow-on trades onsite,” he said.
NASH (The National Association for Steel Framed Housing) has estimated the number of Light Gauge Steel fabricators in Australia has more than doubled in the last 5 years, providing a key indicator of the building industry’s broader adoption of Light Gauge Steel Framing as a viable material alternative.
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