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    Strength and light weight are two attributes that characterise steel framing made from Zincalume from BlueScope Steel, the reason the product was recently chosen for a luxury resort for over 50s, developed by Acegrange Lifestyle Developments.

    Built at Lake Munmorah on NSW’s central coast, the development will contain 228 stylish homes that have been predominantly constructed off-site to minimise disruption to residents and to comply with NSW legislation.

    “Steel framing is essential in giving us houses light and strong enough to be transported during and after manufacture,” says Craig Maidment, construction manager at Acegrange Lifestyle Developments. “Steel allows more flexibility in the frames, which minimises the chance of transit damage as they are being moved.”

    Unusually, the houses are able to be transported all in one to the resort, rather than in parts to be joined on site. This means the infrastructure of the houses are significantly stronger, giving Acegrange Lifestyle Developments extra flexibility with its designs. It currently has 10 architecturally designed house models in its range.

    Other advantages of being able to build off site are the ability to make larger and more traditional house designs. With the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any framing material, steel offers architects and builders greater freedom to create larger, column-free, open-plan rooms.

    The first houses arrived at the resort in early September 2004, with the last expected to be handed over in 2007.

    Source: Building Products News.

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