Lightweight Steel Frame Tiny Houses – Susutainable Future!

Volstrukt form Austin, Texas is revolutionising the construction of by using cold rolled steel design and futuristic ideas to create , engineered framing systems.
Volstrukt uses state-of-the-art computer aided design with cold form steel production. The engineered designs are sent to the roll-forming machine to press, cut and panelise. The process is clinical, fast and virtually waste free!!
The steel frames are shipped as panels. With a foundation to anchor them on, a completed frame is typically assembled and anchored in a day, leaving you with a stronger, lighter frame that puts time back into your build.
Whether you are building for yourself, or building for others, you want to get started with a lightweight steel frame sooner rather than later, and !!!
40%-70% lighter then a regular wood framed , steel is 100% recyclable, damp, fire resistant with a high thermal performance, no mold and no off gasses.



    • They are more than a timber frame, but not so much more that the benefits are negated. Take a look at Mint tiny homes over in Vancouver. They have been doing Volstrukts for a while.

    • Price of steel framing is on par with wood studs, except it can be assembled in few hours. So you will be saving on construction time but has some definite leverage over wood. For exmpl: more durable and much much lighter for travelling on the back roads, logging roads, fire resistant, earthquake, mold resistant etc. Hope that helps a little 🙂
      More info at Green Terra Homes!

    • Correct and thanks for your input!
      Here on the west coast, our friends at Mint Tiny Homes are using steel framing. Please feel free to add any other Canadian companies that include metal framing. Thanks 🙂

    • Our understanding, limited in its nature(comments are welcomed) is that SIPS from a sustainable point of view are heavy industrial in nature, so there is a lot of manifested energy in their manufacture and distribution. Some are OSB of B,C grade, and the insulation in between is heavy glue, some epoxy. There are water based adhesives available of course. Don’t quite have the knowledge if they are structurally assembled as frames or having to be attached to framing. But it is a very durable product for its sheer factor. Cheers

    • The companies I’m familiar with who are using SIPS are using steel frame SIPS by Thin light and very strong with a great thermal properties. The panels are the frame. You basically screw a track to your foundation, slide in the panels and bolt them together for walls and roof, and I think you can even have floor panels if you’re going to be in really cold environs. The process seems comparatively simple to me. The one issue I have observed are that wiring and tubing installation have a bit of a learning curve at first, but once you get the hang of it no problem. You end up with a thin very strong and light bolted house shell you can easily install outer and inner coverings and you can cut windows and doors in wherever you like. It’s pretty fascinating and I think we owe a lot of thanks to the few companies who pioneered these materials primarily Titan Tiny Homes in Chicago.

  1. How do you insulate a steel frame? That’s the problem with steel. You need to put a thermal break on the exterior (such as 2″ XPS sheathing). Putting insulation only between steel studs does not do much because the steel conducts heat so well. If you put insulation on the exterior, then you lose valuable space. Steel has a lot of advantages, but heat transfer is its Achilles heel. I’d love to see some videos on how steel framed tiny houses are handling sheathing and insulation.

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