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The future of housing: building with steel

The future of housing: building with steel

Image: Timothy McCarthy and Emma Heffernan. Photo Credit: Paul Jones, UOW.

Researchers from the ARC Research Hub for Australian Steel Manufacturing at the University of Wollongong are looking at ways in which cold formed steel could become the new building framework to change how Australian apartments are constructed and help expands the country’s steel industry. The end result could mean faster-built, higher quality apartments which, due to its ability for off-site fabrication, may help to cater for the demand for housing within Australia. The project is comparing steel construction to the currently dominate concrete process for mid-rise residential construction, and will analyse the pair using five categories of criteria, including economic, social, technical, environmental and legislative. It’s not just about creating comfortable, affordable units that could be built quickly, it’s also about giving an important local industry a chance to show what it can do.

The Steel Research Hub was awarded $5 million over five years, commencing in 2013 through the ARC’s Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme. The Research Hub is undertaking projects on innovation strategy and management, customer-focused product development, innovation in coating and surface engineering technology, and economic and environmental sustainability of iron and steelmaking.


Media issued by: University of Wollongong.

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