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Steel Framing from FrameCAD Solutions for Greenhouse on The Rocks

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Steel framing from FrameCAD Solutions has been chosen for a new café being built in Campbells Cove in The Rocks in Sydney.  

Designed to showcase the concepts of recyclability and sustainable living, the new pop-up design installation and waste-free cafe called ‘Greenhouse’ was recently launched by Minister for Lands Tony Kelly.  

Greenhouse is a partnership between the New South Wales Government and designer Joost Bakker.

Greenhouse aims to demonstrate a wide range of sustainable practices in an urban environment right in the heart of Sydney and FRAMECAD steel framing was chosen by Joost Bakker because of its many green credentials.

Joost Bakker believes that steel framing is a perfect fit with the Greenhouse concept since it is easily recyclable and helps prevent cutting down of mature trees that would otherwise have been utilised as wood framing.  

Almost half the world’s steel production takes place in efficient electric plants operating exclusively with recycled scrap.  

While it takes approximately one-quarter of an acre of mature trees to produce wood framing for a typical house, the equivalent steel framing can be recycled from three or four cars.  

FRAMECAD steel framing offers high fire resistance and protects the structural integrity of a house during a fire.

Joost adds that FRAMECAD steel framing brings other increasingly valued sustainability credentials to the Greenhouse project. 

  • Energy efficiency is ensured since steel-framed houses do not settle or warp remaining more airtight
  • Design flexibility enables architects to focus on energy-efficient housing features
  • Efficient manufacturing and construction with steel’s light weight allowing smaller foundations and less excavation
  • Debris from a typical wood-framed home accounts for 1.4m³ of landfill waste compared to only 0.1m³ from steel-framed houses
  • Eliminates need for treatment with pesticides, preservatives or glues
  • Steel frame houses offer superior indoor air quality benefits during construction and for the long-term for residents

Key benefits of steel framing: 

  • Cheaper and faster to construct with computer-controlled production and easy assembly onsite using semi- or non-skilled labour
  • Lightweight properties ensure simple erection and transport
  • Termite-proof, non-warping, non-twisting, waterproof and galvanised
  • Safer to construct with less OH&S concerns onsite
  • Suitable for extreme Australian climates
  • Fire-proof according to CSIRO studies

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