The Outline and Promotion of Steel Frames Houses
This paper shows the outline of steel framed houses and the promotion activities by the Kozai Club. Steel framed houses, in which galvanized thin steel plate shapes were used in stead of lumber to the framing materials used in two by four lumber houses, were originally developed in the U.S.A. Recently, because of the increase in lumber cost and the quality of lumber needed, steel framed houses have caught much attention, and already have a sufficient share in the market in the U.S.A. In Japan, after the Great Hanshin earthquake, as steel framed houses were built for the temporary houses, construction of steel framed houses had already begun, and it is estimated that future development will continue because of the saving of forest resources. This paper shows the researches for steel framed houses by the Kozai Club, and the targets and problems in the promotion of steel framed houses.