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Abode (Steel House) Fabrication

In October 2004 Modabode unveiled their Abode (Steel House) at the Houses of the Future event held in Sydney, Australia. These fabrication photos show the assembly process.

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  The floor is supported by hot-rolled I-beam bearers which run the full length of the house
  Ring beams made from back-to-back lightweight gauge C-sections are erected every 2.4 metres
  The completed frame is stiffened with bracing and structural chipboard floorboards
  Foilboard insulation panels clad the entire frame and the flashings are prepared for installation
  Cladding is very quick. The orange WaterHOGs are fitted between the floor joists
  The secondary roof structure is assembled on the floor of RIPA Steel's premises
  The cantilevered side verandahs are bolted to the structure, decked with ModWood boards....
  ... and folded up ready for transportation in the space of a few hours
  The house is lifted to allow the truck to reverse into the factory....
  ...and carefully lowered on to stepped deck trailer
  After an overnight journey into the city, the house and truck await cranage.
  The roof structure is positioned with a great display of skill from RIPA Steel's rigging team.
  The roof is sheeted with Zincalume corrugated steel.

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