Prefab framing system used in weekend retreat to be completed within 7-8 weeks
Blue Sky Homes LLC, the company pioneering a revolutionary prefabricated light-gauge steel framing system for use in residential homebuilding, has announced that construction will begin on its next project in mid-February in Southern California.
The new Blue Sky project is a 1,225 sq ft home being built in the high desert town of Yucca Valley near Joshua Tree National Park. The client is Gordon Graham, a Canadian who will use the home as a weekend retreat and the house itself has been designed by o2 Architecture of Palm Springs, the innovative firm that has designed a number of other home configurations that are available through Blue Sky Homes.
Key to the design and construction of the home is the Blue Sky Frame™ (patent pending), which consists mostly of cold-formed, light-gauge galvanised steel elements that are shaped, cut and drilled to precise requirements in a factory and then shipped flat to the job site where they are rapidly bolted together in Erector Set fashion. No site welding is required. The resulting frame exceeds all engineering codes for structural integrity – including all seismic requirements – and contains no load-bearing walls (neither interior nor exterior walls) or bracing of any kind.
Because the frame elements arrive at the site prefabricated the time required to build the house is vastly shorter than for traditional homes. Blue Sky Homes estimates that the new residence will be fully framed within three days, a weatherised shell will be enclosed within one week and the entire house will be fully complete in seven or eight weeks.
The steel used in the homes is manufactured with up to 70% recycled steel content. Unlike most traditional homes, construction waste is largely limited to a factory setting where it is efficiently recycled. And the very speed of site construction is itself a significant environmental advantage because of the reduced number of trips to the construction site required by workers.