Our Steel Frame Zero Net Energy Homes vs Wood Frame Homes
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There are many options when it comes to construction materials, but framing typically boils down to one of two choices: wood or steel. While wood has been the traditional choice, steel offers additional benefits in today’s construction industry.
Steel Framing can decrease cost of construction and speed its timeline while offering long term savings by lowering maintenance and adding durability.
Less Construction Time Means More Affordable Housing
Time is money, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to labor costs, interest and carrying cost of construction, which all add to the price of a home. A wood-framed buildings requires skilled laborers who must spend time cutting lumber to size, framing, and drilling holes for wiring among other things.
With our technology and design, all framing materials are laser cut to exact dimensions and sizes before arriving onsite. There is no cutting, drilling or measuring onsite. In fact the reliance on skilled trade is minimized as all pre measured and design parts are numbered and assembled onsite in matters of days therefore completing the structure in matter of days rather than months.
Steel studs weigh one-third less than wood studs, making them easier to handle. Also, they can be installed at 24-inches on center. An additional time saver: there is no problem with creating square corners and straight walls. These savings (labor, material, shipping cost, etc.) are pasted to our home buyers!
higher-ceilings, more open and brighter rooms, larger windows, pre designed holes in framing material electrical and air vents are just a few items in our well-engineered homes.
Another advantage of steel is prefabricated members and panels make it easier than ever when you’re ready to add-on to your home. In most cases, you can easily add a complete and finished wing or expansion in a matter of days or weeks.
Structural Strength And Integrity
Wood is susceptible to pests, like termites and other burrowing insects. Wood absorbs moisture, expanding and contracting as the wood soaks up water and dries out. Eventually, drywall and other attached coverings can crack and warp with the wood.
Also, wood can’t withstand the effects of violent seismic movement or other major climatic events. A little lighter fluid and a match are all it takes to burn a long-standing home, barn, or commercial building.
Another problem with wood is consistency. Different types of wood and wood from different regions can vary remarkably in quality and consistency.
At the end of construction, wood typically leaves a load of scrap and waste; 20%. This not only adds to material cost but also site cleaning and hauling costs will increase.
iMetros’ Zero Net Energy Homes are fire and earthquake resistance, the framing and all other structural panels and parts are precisely engineered, cut with laser perfection and then shipped and assembled on site and are free of all the problematic issues that a wood frame home has.
All of our designed are engineered to comply with seismic building codes on the west coast.
Lifetime Maintenance Requirements
A traditional wood-framed home requires a new coat of paint at least every four to seven years, The average roof lasts for about 15 years, wood also has a tendency to crack, warp, split, mold, and rot.
Our Steel-framed, Zero Net Energy Homes are free of all such maintenance requirements and roofs are engineered to last 40 to 50 years. There is no splitting, warping, molding, mildewing, or cracking, so lifetime maintenance and upkeep costs of our steel-framed luxury homes are minimal.
Our Zero Net Energy Homes are lighter weight frame that do not weigh as heavily on the foundation. Fewer cracks, fewer repairs.
Our home buyers might save on their insurance bills since our Steel Framed homes are so durable and resistant to fire and other destructive actions, which could result in substantial discounts on risk insurance.
iMetros’ Zero Net Energy Homes produce their own energy. Equipped with solar energy producing panels coupled with well-engineered insulations, our luxury homes produce all their needed energies. In fact electric vehicles could be charged in the garage.
Our modern Zero Net Energy Homes could be controlled via a cell phone. Temperature, music, doors, security cameras, interior and exterior lightings are among functions that could be controlled remotely.
Partnership & Investment opportunities
We invite land owner who wish to develop or sell their properties to explore our partnership program. We are interested in land which could be subdivided to approximately 5,000 sqft lots and close to a metropolitan area.
We also welcome Real Estate Professionals and Investors to explore our Zero Net Energy Homes business model for possible partnership and investments on project basis.