|Proposed Course on LGS Home Building. (fwd)||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Franklin Wayne Poley (fwpoleyvcn.bc.ca)|
|Date: Sat, 2 Jan 1999 21:26:10 -0600|
If anybody has Cohousing experience relevant to this proposal I would appreciate hearing from you. Anybody used LGS on a co-housing project? FWP. ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Mon, 28 Dec 1998 15:31:07 -0800 (PST) From: Franklin Wayne Poley <culturex [at] vcn.bc.ca> To: gaglia [at] parl.gc.ca daviel [at] parl.gc.ca, fryh [at] parl.gc.ca, jenny_kwan [at] bc.sympatico.ca Subject: [falsecreek] Proposed Course on LGS Home Building. From: Franklin Wayne Poley <culturex [at] vcn.bc.ca> A. Gagliano, M.P. Minister for CMHC Dear Office of the CMHC Minister: I appreciate the reply which I got from Dr. Tremblay at CMHC informing me that "sweat equity" could be used for at least part of a building like the new DERA Building. Could you also please pass this request on to the relevant department? I would like to know if there are any CMHC grants which might cover the cost of the LGS Demonstration/Educational Kit mentioned below. I have also sent this first draft of the proposed LGS course to FalseCreek and Steel lists for constructive critical review. Sincerely-FWP. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- NAME FOR PROPOSED COURSE: Light Gauge Steel Building System for Do-it-Yourself Home Builders. SUMMARY FOR CALENDARS, ADS etc.: Light Guage Steel (LGS) frames provide greater strength and durability than conventional wood frames. They are also so precise that all components of a complete home can be cut and drilled in a prefab factory and sent to the site in a kit. On site a laymen using simple tools can assemble a complete, quality home. Some 6% of new homes built in the US are now LGS which is double the percentage of four years ago. This course will teach you how to acquire and assemble LGS kits. CURRICULUM MATERIALS: (The following are now being considered)- (1) "National Training Curriculum for Residential Steel Framing" from the American Iron and Steel Institutions (AISI). URL <http://www.steel.org>. (2) Jordons Commons Project, Habitat for Humanity <http://www.habitat.org> which used LGS. Instructional materials are now being sought. (3) Earth-Sense-Steel Archives and Listserv, <http://www.earth-sense-steel.com/archives.htm>. (4) Canadian Institute of Steel Construction web site <http://www.thenewsteel.org>. (5) National Association of Home Builders web site <http://nahb.com>. (6) Internet basics will be taught in the first class so that all students can access these internet resources and others mentioned below. (7) LGS Demonstration Kit. I will ask then local colleges to purchase an LGS kit for a one bedroom cottage, 20 ft. x 30 ft. Perhaps a grant can be obtained from CMHC. During the LGS course the kit would be assembled and then disassembled and stored for future educational use. I will ask Earth-Sense-Steel for a quote on the kit. PREREQUISITES: Ability to use simple tools (hammer, saw, wrench) and to follow instructions in English vernacular, both written and oral. COLLEGES: BCIT and Vancouver Vocational are obvious first choices but any educational institution might consider offering the course. FEASIBILITY: Though LGS homes are now built in large numbers by do-it-yourselfers especially in the US I don't yet have a specific address of a home which has been assembled completely using the kit approach. Dave MacKinnon of the Canadian Steel Construction Council emailed me on Sept. 11, 1998 to say "This approach is being used by some builders in Southern Ontario". The final proof of feasibility will be provided when the details of a kit are set out and then the kit is assembled for educational purposes. Meanwhile the approach seems logical based on the great precision of steel. I canvassed a couple of dozen steel experts from links found on the Canadian Institute of Steel web site. Three replied to state clearly that LGS is sufficiently precise to permit off site precutting of components. In addition to Mr. MacKinnon they are Steve Fox, P. Eng. <sfox [at] cssbi.ca; www.cssbi.ca> and Michel De Spot, P.Eng. <mdespot [at] node-co.com; www.portal.ca/~mdespot/i1.html>. None of the experts canvassed said this approach would not be feasible. The web site http://www.thenewsteel.org provides a list of LGS Canadian and US contractors. Only four Canadian are listed and they are all in Ontario. There are only a few LGS homes in BC such as the home described on Mr. De Spot's web site. However this is a growing industry as US stats especially reveal and the new steel web site tells us "Builders interviewed nationwide have affirmed that framing with steel is commonly less expensive than traditional framing." Thus I would expect this industry to grow in BC and the vocational colleges should be interested in staying ahead of that growth. FWP. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ To unsubscribe from this mailing list, or to change your subscription to digest, go to the ONElist web site, at http://www.onelist.com and select the User Center link from the menu bar on the left.
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