Building a house in the traditional way may not always go according to plan and can sometimes be a long, drawn out process that drags on for months.

A team of six people has just proved that it doesn’t have to be that way. By using new technology and working smarter, they were able to build a complete home in just 22 hours.

The 40sqm house was built at FrameCAD Solutions ’ New Zealand research facility using steel framing manufactured on site and the full suite of FrameCAD’s new building products.
The layout of the house was designed to minimise material and labour by using FrameCAD’s integrated design and engineering software.

The FrameCAD F300i roll-forming machine produced the steel framing, and the entire building was constructed with FrameCAD materials:

  • Framing
  • Cladding
  • Lining
  • Flooring
  • Insulation
  • Roofing
  • Building hardware
The team worked two regular 8-hour shifts and finished early on the third day.

The FrameCAD house was designed to offer affordable housing that could be built simply and cost effectively worldwide, even in areas where there is a shortage of skilled labour or materials are difficult to source.

Natasha Urlich, FrameCAD global marketing manager, explained, “It wasn’t just an academic exercise.”

“We deliberately planned this house and construction system so that it can be replicated in virtually any location in the world.”