The Engineering Behind Macbuilt’s Steel Building’s

Structural Engineer Maurice Harris B.Eng(Hons), MIPENZ from Harris Foster Consulting talks about the structural engineering behind the unique Macbuilt designs.

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The Basics of the Macbuilt Design
Maurice Harris talks about the basic features of the Macbuilt design.

  • How the design is tailored to accommodate your intended use and the relevnt building codes
  • The most economical designs for different sized buildings
  • When to use a stronger structural steel design

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Rationale Behind the Macbuilt Design
Maurice Harris delves into some of the unique factors behind the Macbuilt design

  • Why structural steel is recommended for buildings with over 20 metre spans
  • How a 65 metre span can be achieved in a Macbuilt designed building with structural steel
  • Why ‘Buildability’ is an important factor to consider when choosing a design

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How to Future Proof Your Building

  • Economic considerations to think about when designing your building
  • How to design your building for both current and potential future use
  • Why cost is not always the most important factor to consider
  • Why ‘intended use’ is the most important factor
  • How the Macbuilt ‘Preliminary Design’ addresses all these factors

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Strength in a Lightweight Steel Building

  • How the strength of the building is determined by the Building Code
  • Why there is no ‘strength’ issue with a lightweight steel building
  • Why a structural steel design is recommended for heavy industrial use
  • Lightweight steel versus Structural Steel

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Pro’s and Con’s of Specific Designs

  • How the cladding system and purlin length determine the bay sizes
  • How this design structure leads to the most economic building you can produce
  • How Macbuilt incorporates concrete tilt panels and concrete walls into the building design for fire safety and use on boundaries

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The Cladding System and how it affects the Design

  • Why the building is designed around the cladding system
  • How a fixed base system leads to a stiffer and stronger building

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Pin Base versus a Fixed Base System

  • The disadvantages of a Pin Base system
  • Why a fixed base system is superior for a lightweight steel building
  • How a Macbuilt fixed base system leads to a stronger building that costs less to build
Lightweight vs Structural Steel Buildings

  • How a fixed base system leads to improved flexibility and maximum use of your building
  • Strength considerations for designs with a greater than 20 metre span
  • Just how high and wide you can take a lightweight steel building
  • When you need to go to a structural steel building