The FrameCAD design and sustainable building process incorporates the intelligence of the FrameCAD system and FrameMaster manufacturing equipment. Now users can rapidly produce cold formed steel frame assemblies for buildings with consistent accuracy that is determined by the system, not the skill level of factory workers or on-site assemblers.
Behind FrameCAD Solutions ’ combination of software and production equipment encompasses architectural design, engineering, construction and every aspect of automated manufacturing. A team of experts from FrameCAD Solutions provide the knowledge and advice as well as the technology required to enable the business.
By integrating FrameCAD factory machine control systems with advanced FrameCAD design, detailing and engineering software, FrameCAD Solutions have achieved a building system that is automated in an intelligent way. The result is the union of design, materials, construction and rapid manufacturing.
Environmentally friendly steel construction products offer a number of unique environmental benefits such as product durability and longevity, lower cost and more efficient transportation, less raw material wastage, recycled product content and eco-friendliness.
Cost efficient and quick to build with accurately made steel frame components, construction is quick and does not require highly skilled labour. Once assembled, a steel frame construction would not warp, bend, rot or be affected by termite damage.
User friendly and durable steel does not have to be treated with pesticides, preservatives or glues, so steel frame houses offer indoor air quality benefits. Due to steel’s inert character and the manner in which steel framed buildings are insulated, floors and walls are not susceptible to moisture build-up, which contributes to the formation of mould.
FrameCAD Solutions’ end-to-end focus on a sustainable building solutions brings together not only sustainable business practices, but also delivers a system to rapidly build structures using 100% recyclable steel and environmentally friendly site practices. Steel structures built to last offer a long term solutions providing a sustainable approach to energy consumption.
- Much of the steel used to make light gauge steel framing is recycled
- When a steel frame building is demolished, the steel can be recycled
- It takes approximately one-quarter of an acre of mature trees to produce the wood framing for a typical house, the same house can be framed from the steel of three or four old cars
- Steel can be recycled indefinitely without losing any of its qualities.
- When steel buildings are no longer required in their current location, they can be dismantled and re-erected elsewhere
- Steel framed buildings can be energy efficient, the strength of steel requires fewer wall studs, so there are fewer thermal bridges (uninsulated areas) to transmit heat
- Steel frame buildings do not settle or warp, so they remain more airtight.
- The depth of the steel beams provides a wider space for insulation
- The design flexibility of steel frame buildings enables architects to focus on energy-efficient housing features
Manufacturing and construction concerns:
- Almost half the world’s steel production now takes place in electric plants that operate exclusively with recycled scrap and generate no CO2 emissions
- The by-products arising from steel production are all re-used. For example, slag is employed as a high-value mineral material for highway construction, as ballast, and for the manufacture of cement
- Steel construction entails the assembly of semi-finished products in a factory, limiting the noise and disruption of open-air operations
- Steel’s light weight allows smaller foundations and less excavation. In some cases, a few piles are sufficient to raise the building completely from the ground
- Debris from a typical wood framed home account for 1.4 m3 of landfill waste, compared to only 0.1m3 from a steel framed house