enduroframe

Reduce ENDUROTRUSS® Roof Truss Costs

Reduce Truss Costs with ENDUROCADD® Truss Statistics

Many framing licensees are looking for a way to reduce their roof truss costs. The ENDUROFRAME® system has many ways to reduce the cost of roof trusses which we talk about here.

We have been really pleased to see the uptake of this function since it was released. In case you missed it, I am pleased to provide the details again. 

 
There are many ways a detailer can reduce the cost of a truss: adjust the number of webs, change the truss spacing, to name a few. Even adjusting the truss gauge can make a big difference. Sometimes increasing the truss gauge can reduce the cost because it reduces the number of screws and amount of boxing. Getting the selections right can reduce the manufactured costs of some trusses by up to 50%.
 
There is no ‘one size fits all solution’ as material, labour, and accessory costs vary depending on where in the world a fabricator is located.
 
The ENDUROCADD® software includes a new feature to see what the cost of each truss is, and how it changes with each edit. Users can insert their own material and fabrication labour costs to see what truss configuration provides the lowest cost when editing the truss.
 
The weight and cost of a truss is shown in the web editor menu and is updated with each design iteration so it is possible to see if changes increase or decrease the truss cost.
 
In addition to material costs which are entered in the Partdatauser spreadsheet, rollforming and fabrication labour costs can be included in the Fabrication window. You can get a good indication of which truss configurations optimise costs based on your own specific input costs.

Find out more about the ENDUROCADD® software at this link.

Watch the video below for more information on how to reduce truss costs.

Find out more about the benefits of the ENDUROCADD® software

The ENDUROCADD® software is rich in features to automate the design of light gauge steel buildings.

Find out more

Steel Trusses the Crown on Timber Frames

ENDUROTRUSS Steel Trusses the Crown on Timber Frames

When the challenge to design a very slender truss to come in under the building height limit without imposing too much on ceiling height, the answer was to go steel!
 
Originally specified as an all timber construction, the trusses just would not work. The ever helpful Simon Steer of Steer Manufacturing came to the rescue and provided steel trusses incorporating box gutters.
 
Trusses were supplied in a knock down form for easy assembly on site, saving on freight compared to delivering pre-assembled trusses. Freight costs were also saved as long length members were shortened and spliced on site.
 
Fabricators can easily assemble the ENDUROTRUSS steel trusses on site. Fabrication drawings are clear and easy to follow. Locating holes mean trusses can only be assembled in one way. The number of screws between chords and webs are inkjet marked on truss webs. Also, short parts can be linked together in truss lots so they are easy to find, a feature that is unique to ENDUROTRUSS.
 
Both the owner and builder were delighted with the result and commented on how light and easy they were to work with.
 
Contact Steer Manufacturing in Melbourne on (03) 9357 9800 www.steeraust.com.au to find how they can provide innovative solutions for your project, from a tiny house to a large commercial project.

Find out more about the benefits of building with the ENDUROFRAME® Building System

Find out why more builders are using the ENDUROFRAME® building system.

Find out more

ENDUROCADD® Software Links with Spanman.net

ENDUROCADD® Software Links with Spanman.net

ENDUROFRAME® has a proud history of providing extensive engineering support to its clients, and we have continued this tradition by linking the ENDUROCADD® software with the Spanman.net engineering tool.

Everyone in this trade knows you need to start with a solid foundation, and there is no better foundation for designing steel-framed structures than the ENDUROCADD® software. This is the only steel framing software package that has been independently certified to comply with the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) Protocol for Structural Software Version 2011.1. It is capable of not only generating highly-accurate 3D models of the ENDUROFRAME® system, but also providing comprehensive engineering computations for roof and floor trusses, wall bracing, and dozens of connection options.

The ENDUROCADD® software ensures you can optimise designs that have either been tested or signed off on by a registered engineer.

Backing up this outstanding software application are the ENDUROFRAME® design manuals, which provide extensive certified design solutions for walls, headers, rafters, beams, bracing, tie-downs, and connections.

Now designing structural components using the ENDUROCADD® software has become even easier through an integration with the leading online structural design portal, Spanman.net. See Spanman.

Spanman.net provides detailed calculations any engineer can check for a huge range of steel and timber structural items that can be incorporated into the ENDUROFRAME® building system. These include rafters, purlins, roof and floor beams, lintels, and floor joists. Sections are optimised based on user preferences using state-of-the-art engineering analysis. Calculations and certifications can be quickly generated for a range of building types including residential houses, schools, hospitals and offices.

Additionally, Spanman.net can perform custom load calculations for single or boxed ENDUROFRAME® sections. These sections while can then be selected and then modelled using the ENDUROCADD® software.

Special Offer

ENDUROCADD® software licensees also enjoy a discount of $145 per annum of the regular Spanman.net license fee. To get a discount token, contact the ENDUROFRAME® team via the help desk. See Request Spanman discount.

Find out more about the benefits of the ENDUROCADD® software

The ENDUROCADD® software is rich in features to automate the design of light gauge steel buildings.

Find out more

New Feature in Version 11 – Verges!

Roof Verges Introduced to ENDUROCADD Software

Verges are roof features that extend over the edge of a gable or skillion roof. Verges are very popular with architects and homeowners, but they also present several challenges.

For example, since they cantilever over the edge of buildings, they are subject to large wind uplift forces and must be able to support people standing on the overhang with minimal deflection of the structure underneath. They also need to have fixing locations for fascia, and the ability to cantilever over both end of the building as well as the eaves.

Thankfully, the latest version of the ENDUROCADD® software comes with complete configuration-to-installation support for two types of verges: gable ladders and outriggers.

Let’s take a closer look! There are 2 options: gable ladders and outriggers.

Gable Ladders

Gable Ladders are built like wall panels, with bottom plates, top plates, noggings, studs and bracing. They are supported at vertical roof faces by offset raking walls that position the gable ladders in the same plane as roof trusses and allow them to be fixed to the boxed top chord of the end truss.

These are the roof features in which gable ladders can be used.

Outriggers

Outriggers sit on top of truss top chords above vertical roof faces. They can be supported by raking walls or trusses and are used to overhang a wide range of vertical roof faces including gable roofs, skillion roofs, and dutch hips.

These are the roof features in which outriggers can be used.

Find out more from this video

Find out more about the benefits of the ENDUROCADD® software

The ENDUROCADD® software is rich in features to automate the design of light gauge steel buildings.

Find out more

Training the Next Generation of Apprentices How to Build with Steel Frames

Training the Next Generation of Apprentices How to Build Steel Frames

ENDUROFRAME® is committed to supporting hard-working Australian apprentices in how to build quality steel frames.

That’s why, for the second year in a row, ENDUROFRAME® has partnered with the Wollongong TAFE and Council to help young pre-apprentices pick up valuable skills by completing a real world project.

This year the pre-apprentices used steel frames supplied by ENDUROFRAME® licensee Fortitude Frames to build cabins for the Wollongong Council’s Holiday Park Cabins project. The aim of the course was for the apprentices to build the cabins to a high standard and acquire an apprenticeship at the end of the project.

We are proud to say that the cabins were delivered on time and to a high standard thanks to the hard work of everyone involved. Even better, fifteen of the nineteen pre-apprentices acquired apprenticeships, and importantly for us, have had exposure to working with steel framing.

TAFE apprentices learning steel frames
Wollongong TAFE Apprentices learning steel frames
Wollongong TAFE steel frame training
Training Frames at Wollongong TAFE
cabins built by tafe students
Units made by Wollongong TAFE students

Find out more about the benefits of building with the ENDUROFRAME® Building System

Find out why more builders are using the ENDUROFRAME® building system.

Find out more

Steel Frames Growing Along the Murray River

Steel Frames Growing Along the Murray River

Fortitude Frames has become a leading manufacturer of steel frames and an innovator in their use. An increasing number of builders are turning to Fortitude Frames and enjoying the benefits of light weight, strength, straightness, non-combustibility and termite resistance. The flow on benefit is affordable quality homes for their clients with the added peace of mind that their homes will stand the test of time.
From tiny homes to large houses, modern or traditional designs, commercial or residential markets, Fortitude Frames deliver into NSW and Victoria, including Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra. Visit www.fortitudeframes.com.au to find out more

Another Truckload of Frames being delivered by Fortitude Frames

Find out more about the benefits of building with the ENDUROFRAME® Building System

Find out why more builders are using the ENDUROFRAME® building system.

Find out more

Speak to an expert about how to get started making the ENDUROFRAME® system. Insert your details below and we will call you back.

Thank you for Submitting your Enquiry. One of our Framing Experts will be in touch with you shortly.

Consider following us to get all of the latest news on the ENDUROFRAME Building System.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on twitter
Twitter