Modernise or Die - Changes needed in the British construction industry (Part II)

Posted by FRAMECAD on Jul 13, 2017 5:37:33 PM

This blog follows on from our earlier blog post “Modernise or Die - Changes needed in the British construction industry”, where we first talked about Mark Farmer’s report on the UK construction industry.

In February 2016, the UK government asked the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) to look at:

  • The labour model in the construction industry
  • The skills, pressures and other constraints that limit housebuilding and infrastructure development in the UK

The CLC commissioned Cast Chief Executive Mark Farmer to undertake a review.

In the report he warned of the United Kingdom building industry's poor health and in claiming the need for drastic changes, Farmer offers recommendations on how the construction industry needs to respond in order to survive in the short and long term.

This blog summarises those recommendations that ultimately aim to see a vibrant and productive construction industry in the UK.

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Topics: CFS, UK Construction, innovation

Discover the "better way to build" with Dynamic Steel Frame using the FRAMECAD Cold Formed Steel System

Posted by FRAMECAD Team on Jul 10, 2017 6:15:07 PM

Enter the world of one of our customers, Dynamic Steel Frame, highly successful in the Australian construction market. Dynamic Steel Frame has opened its factory doors to show how efficient Cold Formed Steel (also known as Light Gauge Steel) construction is.

By watching this video you will get a great insight into how Dynamic Steel Frame operates: from design to manufacturing, to pre-assembling before on-site delivery to the accomplishments of residential and non-residential projects.

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Topics: Market News, CFS, LGS

Modernise or Die - Changes needed in the British construction industry (Part I)

Posted by FRAMECAD on Jun 29, 2017 3:03:45 PM

For years the construction industry in the UK has battled with low margins, under-performance and fragmentation. Now serious consequences are beginning to arise and if changes are not made soon, the negative outcomes will become irreversible.

In February 2016, the UK government asked the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) to look at:

  • The labour model in the construction industry
  • The skills, pressures and other constraints that limit housebuilding and infrastructure development in the UK
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Topics: CFS, Cold Formed Steel, UK Construction

A Fire Chief’s opinion of using timber framing in buildings

Posted by FRAMECAD on Jun 19, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Timber framing is combustible yet is widely used in construction and in some countries, it’s the most commonly used method of construction. So why continue to use timber framing when there is a safer, better, alternative solution in cold formed steel (CFS) construction?

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Topics: CFS, Cold Formed Steel, Building Engineering, fire resistant

FRAMECAD Sub-Assemblies tested & certified with a 65 minutes fire rating in the USA

Posted by FRAMECAD Team on Jun 14, 2017 2:16:14 PM

FRAMECAD is proud to announce that our web joist Sub-Assemblies

have been certified by Intertek, an independent US lab with a fire resistance rating of 65 minutes.

The FRAMECAD Sub-Assemblies are essential in the USA construction of mid rise, multi story buildings, ideal for Age-Care facility or Multifamily residential construction. Approved by the American building approval authority, these assemblies can be used in multiple forms of flooring substraits in mid rise applications.

US Building  codes  frequently  require  Cold Formed steel  framed  assemblies to have a fire-resistance rating that is based on fire tests conducted in accordance with a recognized standard test such as ASTM, the American Society for Testing and Materials as stated in the FRAMECAD fire rating conclusion report below.

The fire rating of an assembly is a measurement indicating how long the assembly will resist the spread of fire while maintaining structural integrity. Fire resistance ratings are expressed by the number of hours/minutes that a wall assembly can maintain  its  integrity while containing the fire, smoke, and temperature of a working fire.

With life safety, and specifically fire protection, a primary concern for US building codes, there are significant  requirements regulating the use of fire rated assemblies through the installation of fire-stopping  (or fire blocking),   draft-stopping  and fire suppression  systems. 

The FRAMECAD solutions FCF2 and FCF3 provide the necessary fire protection in floors such that the layers of  fire-resistant building products contained in the sub assemblies will provide a 65minutes fire protection.

These FRAMECAD fire rated Sub-Assemblies use FRAMECAD Cold Formed Steel web joists manufactured with the F325iT or the F450iT in combination with a range of quality building materials.

The FRAMECAD Sub-Assemblies allow a rapid and durable flooring system, providing a real competitive advantage for project owners including:

  • Fire rating
  • Faster building authority approval in the US construction market
  • Increased manufacturing system versatility
  • Faster construction
  • Increased ROI
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Topics: CFS, fire resistant

Watch the construction of a Cold Formed Steel single storey residential building.

Posted by FRAMECAD Team on Jun 12, 2017 9:27:40 AM

This single storey dwelling was completed with the FRAMECAD System. This video demonstrates all the steps followed to successfully complete this residential building.

This 358m2 single-storeyhouse is located on a 3037m2 piece of land and offers:

  • Four bedrooms
  • A study
  • A veranda
  • A double garage

After only 48 hours of detailing, the project was fully designed, engineered and compliant with the local design code.

Watch the evolution of the project from beginning to end.

The main challenge of this construction was the complexity of the veranda roof design with overhangs, different roof heights and the main roof structure which did not line up with the veranda roof.

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Topics: Case Studies, CFS, Building, residential construction

What you need to know about the history of Cold Formed Steel

Posted by FRAMECAD on Jun 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

CFS construction is often described as a “new” method of construction, and although the benefits of CFS construction have recently become more widely recognized, it’s valuable for construction firms to know that the method itself has much older origins than most people are aware of.

In fact, the set of practices that make up CFS construction have been in a global process of development and evolution for well over 100 years.

In this blog, we talk about the long-established roots of CFS construction methods, and its progression into the methods that have proven themselves to be globally trusted and relied upon.

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Topics: CFS, Cold Formed Steel

FRAMECAD engaged to assist in rebuilding a school in Fiji after Cyclone Winston

Posted by FRAMECAD Team on May 30, 2017 3:32:09 PM

With natural disasters affecting some of the most vulnerable communities across the world, Build Back Better and Safer principles are becoming increasingly important for rebuilding or strengthening buildings in affected areas and protecting the community against excessive damage from future disasters.

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Topics: Case Studies, CFS, Environmental Challenges, Humanitarian Aid, Building

Conoce a FRAMECAD - Congreso Internacional de la Construcción con Acero en Bogotá, 21-23 Junio 2017

Posted by FRAMECAD Team on May 24, 2017 5:13:47 PM
Te invitamos a que nos acompañen en el CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL DE LA CONSTRUCCIÓN CON ACERO 2017, es el evento académico más importante de la Construcción con Acero en Colombia, este se llevará a cabo en la ciudad de Bogotá, en el centro Cubo Colsubsidio del 21 al 23 de Junio del 2017.
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Topics: Tradeshows, Cold Formed Steel

For FRAMECAD, innovation is everything; it’s a catalyst for enablement.

Posted by FRAMECAD Team on May 23, 2017 3:40:36 PM

"The speed of change in the world demands a new approach to construction. Population growth and changing environmental, political and social attitudes are causing many landowners, developers and builders to move away from traditional methods. At FRAMECAD, we look towards modern approaches to construction and for more than 30 years, we have been so excited about innovation in Cold Formed Steel construction to meet these needs."

Mark Taylor, Founder and CEO, FRAMECAD 

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Topics: FRAMECAD, CFS, Cold Formed Steel, Most popular