Thursday, 5 September 2013

Australia’s First Zero Carbon House

We recently had the pleasure of supplying KingKlip 700 and S-Rib Corrugated roofing for Australia’s first certified Zero Carbon House, built by TS4 Sustainable Living following their win in last year’s Zero Carbon Challenge competition run by the Government of South Australia.

The three-bedroom home based Lochiel Park was delivered by TS4 Living in just four months and has set the benchmark for affordable, environmentally friendly design and construction so future smart homes can be replicated and delivered Australia-wide.   

Boasting a host of features, including a 7.5 star energy rating, solar power, state-of-the-art indirect evaporative cooling, bio-fuel heating, energy-efficient appliances and positioned to maximize solar-passive strategies, the house is purposefully built to combat the rising costs of living.

Our team is always keen to contribute to projects like the Zero Carbon House which strive to push the boundaries of existing design to deliver optimum efficiency and sustainability. 

It’s certainly rewarding being able to deliver steel building products that accommodate such advanced design and project requirements. 

The Zero Carbon house will be open for the public to explore on Sustainable House Day, 8 September up until the second week of October.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Guest post featuring Architect Peter Moeck

Architect and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, Peter Moeck joins us to share his experience as a Consulting Architect for an education campus that he originally had the pleasure of contributing to more than 20 years ago.

Located at the gateway to Mount Barker in the picturesque Adelaide Hills in South Australia, Cornerstone College is a Lutheran Secondary School situated on 16 hectares. The College has undertaken ten major building developments. The most recent is the Middle Years Learning Centre. Upon completion, the College will accommodate 900 students from Years 7-12.

The substantial new building provides large clear span spaces to address the education needs of today and well into the future.

Whilst we do not know what tomorrow will bring, we do know that change is constant and the need for flexibility and adaptability must be easy to achieve. It is this very sentiment which led us to choose Fielders ARAMAX FreeSpan to complete the roofing and perforated ceiling material.

ARAMAX FreeSPan roof at Cornerstone College

Having the ability to span long distances without the need for a forest of roof steelwork and associated framing has great merit and appeal. This same material was also used to provide an unenclosed area over the adjacent hard courts to be used by the Middle Years students.

The new two storey structure is impressive. It sits comfortably into the Adelaide Hills context as does the acclaimed 'inbarendi' building constructed in 1999. This is also a large span structure enclosing indoor recreation spaces that are used for a range of functions, whole of school gatherings and associated activities. 

'Inbarendi' is lined with one of the first Fielders 'KingKlip 700' roofs. In 2000 this building received the Colorbond Award of Merit for Steel Architecture from the Australian Institute of Architects South Australian Chapter.

In both cases a mobile roll former was used on site. This delivered time efficient and cost effective outcomes. The quality and durability of the finishes and the elegant simplicity of the product form is appealing because in education environments robustness and low maintenance are key issues. 

Fielders mobile roll former
It has been very rewarding to be an integral part of the evolution of the Cornerstone College campus over the years. I am confident that the buildings will stand the test of time and continue to delight those who use the facilities for many years to come.

About Peter Moeck
With a career spanning almost 30 years, Peter has been associated with the design and development of numerous projects in the public library and community, ecclesiastical, education, residential and commercial sectors.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Fielders ARAMAX cruises into Sydney's $57 million new terminal

It’s a real thrill witnessing projects come to life from start to finish. One project in particular has been a real ‘jewel in the Fielders crown’, The White Bay Passenger Terminal in Sydney which we have been privileged to be part of.

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Guest post - Project insight from Andrew Barnard

This month, we invited Andrew Barnard from Webber Architects to guest blog on Fielders Steel. In this post, he provides insight into how they created adaptable spaces using steel for the St James Primary School project in Muswellbrook NSW.   

Monday, 1 April 2013

Fielders KingFlor Project Update

It’s been a busy first quarter for the popular composite steel formwork range, Fielders KingFlor. Included in dozens of projects both big and small across the country, we wanted to share some of these exciting developments with you.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Australian First Roofing Solution Lands at Fielders

Created to meet demanding architectural requirements, FreeForm is the latest standing-seam roofing solution available from Fielders and is distinguished by its ability to create shapes and curves that existing profiles on the market are unable to replicate.