Architectural Triumphs With Galvanized Steel

Corrugated and sheet metals such as galvanized steel have come a long way in the architectural and construction communities from when they were simply a strong and effective material used as roofing. It has come to the point now where they can be the feature of a home or building and used both inside and out.


This idea of galvanized steel as a universal building material is shown below where the house features has used it for both a roofing material and as exterior wall cladding. This industrial appearing material, when combined with the natural aesthetic of wood creates a juxtaposition between man and nature, especially given the lush backdrop of rural Australia.


From an interior perspective there is an increasing trend to use both corrugated, flat and shaped galvanized steel for both ceilings and walls. The remarkable example below featured in the master bedroom of  a modern home show how the metallic surface of galvanized steel can add a touch of modernity to a design, with the corrugated sheeting offering a texture rarely seen in the interior of a home.


The versatility of this material is undeniable, with designers stretching their imagination to previously-thought impossible lengths. As is witnessed in the examples below; the ability to bend, shape, curve and erect this material at extreme pitches can lead to some outstanding design possibilities. The home on the left features a nearly 100% external composition of pre-painted corrugated galvanized steel proving the residents with high bush-fire protection, energy efficiency as well as a remarkable aesthetic!


In contrast to these curves seen above the design featured below presents an opposing dynamic of this material. With its sheer pitched sides, long straight lengths and intense angles it is hard not to appreciate the capabilities this material offers to architects and the remarkable results that are left for the eye to enjoy.


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Sources: Ral Homes, Colorbond, ArchiExpo & Freshome

Dominick F.//SMC Editor

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For Our Italian Readers: In un armatura di alluminio

Un nuovo complesso residenziale e appena sorto in Germania nello stato di Baden-Württemberg grazie alla stretta collaborazione tra professionisti e imprese locali. Il design innovativo, balum2asato su principi delle moderne case ecologiche, è stata progettato e realizzato con rivestimento in lega di alluminio. Lo scopo di questo progetto è stato quello di unire la tradizione urbanística locale con il nuovo concetto di efficienza energética e quindi l’utilizzo di nuovi materiali.

Per il rivestimento sono state usate delle scandole di alluminio preverniciate ed applicate attraverso l’utilizzo della tecnica del coil coating che prevede ” la pulizia il pre-trattamento chimico della superficie del metallo e la verniciatura del materiale utilizzato”.


L’uso dell’alluminio come rivestimento di metallo sta diventando sempre più popolare, dal momento che resiste alla corrosione e richiede poca manutenzione ed è un materiale richiesto soprattutto per la progettazione e costruzione di case ad alta efficienza energetica perché è relativamente poco costoso, non arrugginisce, ed è generalmente facile da montare ed e interamente reciclabile. Uno svantaggio di questo materiale è che non ha un alto grado isolante.


Le proprietà di questa lega pero conferiscono ai progettisti soluzioni diverse al problema  tra le quali l’ utilizzo di un materiale termico come rivestimento interno dell’alluminio ( come previsto per la realizzazione di questo progetto) oppure molto piu interesante quello presentato da alcune aziende italiane  dove l’alluminio e comunente usato per la progettazzione di persiane e finestre.


Come si può vedere dalla tabella il design termico proposto nel quadro combina un ottimo isolamento termico e acustico consigliato per condizioni climatiche estreme.


La Shanghai Metal Corporation (SMC) offre in alluminio in vari tipi e dimensioni, con uffici e filiali in tutta l’Asia, Europa, Australia e nelle Americhe. Maggiori informazioni su alluminio possono essere trovate sul nostro sito qui. LinkedInFacebookTwitter, Instagram.QR


Pasquale S.// SMC Editor


The Green Revolution Uses PPGI

The latest invention to come out of research into energy efficient buildings is the Eco-Shelter. This revolutionary development promises to have significant implications for disaster relief efforts. The main problem facing organisations attempting to help disaster-struck regions is the housing shortage left in the wake of the destruction. Sometimes thousands of people are without a home, prone to disease, hygiene issues and at risk from the elements of nature.Philippines_Eco_Shelter_mockup_copy

Temporary housing has traditionally taken the form of tents – creating large refugee settlements that have often been breeding grounds for contagious diseases, such as cholera in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The solution to such problems requires new forms of temporary housing, but this has been limited by the high costs they generally incur. Eco-Shelters, though, breathe a much needed breath of hope into the situation. These have minimum energy loss, with Lambda group claiming their’s have 96% energy efficiency. Thus shelter for the affected becomes affordable on a large scale.

These were used for the first time in the Philippines following typhoon Haiyan. Batches of DIY Eco-shelters were flown in, to be built very quickly upon arrival. Indeed, the design and materials used allow it to be very simple to build, so they can be packed flat when transported. This gives them a speed of transport vital to emergency relief.

The shelters use advanced Eco-technology to reduce energy use. They use PPGI to create light, insulator walls and roofs. These are set up in double sheets, trapping a warm layer of air that  minimizes heat loss. PPGI is a cheap, fully-recyclable form of steel. The pre-painted aspect of the metal is vital for ensuring the waterproofing of the eco-shelters. Without it, the project is worthless.

Here at the Shanghai Metal Corporation, PPGI is one of our specialties. We produce high quality products on a large scale, with a massive choice of colors, sizes and thickness. Our prices are some of the most competitive around – we invite you to take a look at our website to see for yourself:–pds257.html

We are excited to be part of this green revolution and to play a part in saving lives in the future!

Lloyd P. // SMC Editor