Steel and Sustainable Housing


When it comes to home design and sustainable housing, steel is leading the charge as the material of choice. But what is it about steel that makes it the best choice for sustainable housing design?

One of the major reasons is that steel frames are lightweight, and have fantastic compressive strength. The advantage of this is that less material is required for construction, compared to heavier and denser materials. The magic behind their superior strength is down to their use of angles and corners in the design of the steel section.

When it comes to hot rolled sections, the thicker steel is placed in high tensile or compressive load sections (like flanges), which are held in position with thinner webs where forces are lower.

Another great thing about using steel as part of a home design, especially in the frame work, is that lightweight frame construction has a low thermal mass, and therefore is unable to store passive heat or ‘coolth’. So, in summer the lightweight steel frame will not retain the heat, nor will it hold in the cold in winter.

A factor that sometimes slips most people’s attention, is that steel is termite proof. Its basic material is enough of a defense against vermin and insects, without having to be treated with chemicals like wood.

But what really makes steel ideal for sustainable housing is that it is 100% recyclable. In fact, most of the steel frames used in modern home construction is made from 40% recyclable material. Then, if the house is ever demolished in the future, the steel frame can be recycled through reuse, or being melted down and remade in to other products.

Steel-framed construction began in the 1940’s and has been growing in popularity, especially since the advent of sustainable living and the shift towards eco-friendly design.

Stronghold Fabrications has a wide variety of steel products that can be used in commercial and residential construction. For further enquiries, please feel free to contact us on 02 9791 1886, or you can fill out our online ‘Get a Quote’ form here, and we will respond to you as soon as possible. 

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What our Customers say

“Frantom Building has been in the custom building market in NSW for 15 years. We have worked with Scott and his team from Stronghold Fabrications in all aspects with steel, from design, shop drawings, and delivery. Their attention to detail has been proven in the perfection of the finish in their products and servicing ability. We look forward to moving into the future with Stronghold Fabrications.”

Ed Poulton Director Frantom Building Pty Ltd

“Just wanted to thank you for another awesome job. The steel you supplied for our home at Lilli Pilli went together perfectly and the 3D model was a great tool for us to use both during the install and for planning the final finishes on the project. Keep up the great work!”

Dave, Nitro Stainless Pty Ltd

“Thank you for another successful and efficient project completed by your team. Consistently well produced steel products from Stronghold Fabrications have ensured installation always goes smoothly on our projects. Your installers ability to work in with our teams onsite to ensure any site issues do not cause delays is a refreshing change. Thank you.”

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