A steel framing expo being organised by FrameCAD Solutions in Brisbane later this month has received an unexpected boost in interest courtesy of the State Government.
Decisions resulting from the Queensland Government’s recently concluded Growth Management Summit have stimulated housing industry interest in the Expo being staged in Cleveland, Queensland.
These decisions include:
- The announcement of three new cities/ model communities in the south and western growth corridors of SEQ. To be master planned by the Urban Land Development Authority, these three major greenfield areas are Ripley Valley, Greater Flagstone and Yarrabilba.
- A ‘Regional First Home Owner’ boost was announced and started 1 June. The $11,000 grant, which included a new $4,000 regional boost was brought forward to satisfy demand. It aims to attract people to areas other than the south-east, and entice first home buyers to stay in the regional communities.
Organisers of the Brisbane Steel Frame Building Expo have noted a jump in interest over the past two months in parallel with decisions flowing from the Growth Management Summit.
FrameCAD™ Building Solutions is organising the Expo in conjunction with the National Association of Steel Frame Housing (NASH). It will be staged from 27 to 29 July 2010 in Brisbane.
Factory in a Can
A highlight at the Expo will be a completely self-contained mobile steel frame fabrication factory by FrameCAD.
Called the ‘Factory in a Can’, this roll forming machine can be rapidly deployed to cater for housing demand in regional and remote areas.
Housed in a modified 12-metre shipping container, this mobile factory can be trucked into any location and made operational within 24 hours of being sited.
Equipped with its own diesel generator and computer-operated steel frame fabricating machine, the mobile factory can manufacture precision engineered roll-form frames and trusses at a rate of up to 700 metres per hour, allowing quick start construction of structures of all kinds from residential homes to multi-level commercial buildings.
FrameCAD’s mobile factory and the steel frames it produces onsite address many key concerns for both housing and construction in regional Queensland with advantages such as:
- Termite-proof frames
- Cyclone-resistant, non-warping, non-twisting and strong frames
- Rapid deployment
- Faster construction
- Cost-effective with 30% savings over traditional methods
- Lightweight to erect
- Galvanised finish
- Safer to construct
- Environmental benefits of steel
A number of FrameCAD factory machines are already operating successfully in Queensland.
FrameCAD’s Australasia Manager, Mr Peter Blythe says, “The mobility of the Factory in a Can is ideal for Queensland: Australia’s most decentralised state.
“When you combine the speed with which the ‘Factory in a Can’ is deployed on site and the speed at which it operates you have real competitive advantages in filling housing demand in regional areas.
“Coupled with this, there is a shortage in the availability of skilled tradespeople in Queensland as the economy turns around. This is adding to the appeal of FrameCAD’s mobile factory and its steel framing as it does not require especially skilled labour for assembly onsite.”
About Brisbane Steel Frame Building Expo
The Expo is open to anyone associated with the building industry.
Dates: 27, 28 and 29 July 2010
Location: 32 Enterprise Street Cleveland 4163 QLD
FrameCAD demonstration times: 9:30 for 10:00am start daily and 5:30 for 6:00pm start daily
NASH will stage a seminar at the Expo on ‘Design of Residential and Low-Rise Steel Framing’.
An overview of the new NASH Handbook Design of Residential and Low-Rise Steel Framing released in August 2009 will be presented at the seminar.
The seminar is on 28 July at 5:30 for 6:00pm start.