Since 1915 the steel industry has been an essential part of Australia and its economy. BlueScope’s heritage traces back to the very beginning.
BlueScope Steel is the leading steel company in Australia and New Zealand, supplying a large percentage of all flat steel products sold in these markets. The company’s products play a big part in people’s everyday lives, being vital components in suburban houses, landmark buildings and structures, fencing, roofing and shed products
BlueScope produces a wide range of steel products including slab, hot rolled coil and plate, cold rolled coil, zinc/Aluminium alloy-coated ZINCALUME® steel, galvanised and pre-painted COLORBOND® steel.
BlueScope Lysaght is Australia’s premium name in residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural steel building markets and is also a provider of PEB solutions including mobile roll-forming, facades, structural walling and design and construction services, and of rainwater goods. Through its well-recognised brands such as the premium LYSAGHT® range of steel building products including CUSTOM ORB® and MINI ORB® and supported by modern products such as SMARTASCREEN® fencing and the QUIKA-FLOOR® steel flooring system.
Advantages of Cold Form Steel Framing
Cold-formed steel features superior chemical and physical qualities that give it a broad range of advantages over other framing materials.
Steel has the highest strength to weight ratio of any building material. Moreover, the strength of cold-formed steel also provides builders and architects with greater flexibility, allowing designs that incorporate longer spans and other architectural features.
Steel is inorganic, and thus impervious to termites, rot and mould. A protective layer of ZINCALUME® and or COLORBOND® coating steel provides long-term durability that research demonstrates can last hundreds of years without any deterioration.
Due to its consistent chemistry, steel behaves in a highly predicable manner when subjected to the structural loads and stresses imposed by high wind and seismic forces. Because steel cannot absorb moisture, its use also eliminates most of the expansion and contraction of construction materials that produces cracks, warps, and other defects in both internal and external finishes.
Steel does not burn and will not contribute to the spread or intensity of a fire. Because of this, cold-formed steel projects can easily be designed to meet code fire rating requirements. Non-combustible structures, like those built with cold-formed steel framing, have a better loss history than combustible wood framing. This often translates into lower costs and broader coverages for many types of construction insurance.
Steel is the only building material that is infinitely 100% recyclable.
Cold-formed steel offers cost savings on a number of fronts. By helping to minimise fire risk, the use of cold-formed steel results in lower insurance costs for builders and owners. Additionally, panelised cold-formed steel construction methods produce shorter construction cycles, allowing builders to complete steel-framed projects months faster than with other framing materials. Finally, framing with cold-formed steel generates far less material waste than traditional wood framing