Better & Faster Housing For Bush Fire Areas Displayed At Vic. Steel Frame Expo

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BETTER & FASTER HOUSING FOR BUSH FIRE AREAS


STEEL FRAME EXPO HIGHLIGHTS QUICK RESPONSE


20/10/09


At the Steel Frame Building Expo being staged at Yarraville in Melbourne this

week, many questions reflect the recent trauma of Victoria’s devastating bush

fires.


Community concern for the speed of housing replacement in burned out areas

and the sort of housing that should best replace those destroyed, has frequently

prompted the following questions:--



“How much faster can we put houses up with new steel framing techniques?”


“Are steel frames better in bush fire prone areas than traditional wooden

frames?”


QUICK RESPONSE

FRAMECAD’s™

Mobile Factory provides a completely self-contained mobile steel

frame fabrication factory which could be a solution to emergency relief and

sustainable reconstruction following natural disasters like bush fires.


It’s housed in a modified 20 foot (6.1m) shipping container

and is easily

transported. FRAMECAD™ Mobile Factory can be airlifted into virtually any

location and made operational within 24 hours.

With its own diesel generator and computer-operated steel frame fabricating

machine, the Mobile Factory can manufacture precision engineered framing at a

rate of 700 metres per hour, allowing construction of structures such as hospitals

relief centres and homes to begin immediately and proceed quickly.

FRAMECAD™ Global Marketing Manager, Ms Natasha Urlich, says that while the

speed at which the Mobile Factory can be deployed is an important advantage,

there are many other benefits, particularly in remote areas.

“Recent experience in Victoria suggests that there remains a seriously unfilled

need for the manufacturing of structures in burned out areas. With FRAMECAD™

these can be produced and assembled much more quickly than traditional frames.

“Production is computer controlled and every piece of framing produced is

numbered and coded so it can be easily assembled on site.”

FIRE RESISTANCE

Steel frames are obviously fireproof. Integrated into houses designed to resist

fire, FRAMECAD™

frames promote the overall fire resistance and, importantly,

the structural integrity of the house during a fire.

There are many other advantages to steel frames which suite rural and remote

areas including:--


cheaper to construct


lightweight to erect 


lightweight and compact to transport (i.e. assembled on site)



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termite proof, non-warping, non-twisting, water/rain proof and galvanised


safer to construct (i.e. less OH&S concerns than establishing traditional wood

frames with nail guns etc)


100% recyclable with a lower carbon footprint than wooden frames.

Background:

The FRAMECAD™ Mobile Factory, which was developed and

manufactured in New Zealand, was unveiled and is operating for demonstration in

Melbourne this week at a Steel Frame Building Expo at Yarraville from October

19-23. 


There will be two presentations each day at 10:00am and 5:30pm


The Expo is open to anyone associated with the building industry and will be held

at Denim Park, 341 Francis Street, Yarraville in Melbourne. 


More Expo information:

Those interested in attending should contact Peter

Blythe at peterb@framecad.com or at +61 419 101 639.


Media: David Park parkyoung 0418 159-231 or media@parkyoung.com.au






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