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1. Breaking The Mould With Ecobodes
2. Fly Into The Ford Residence
3. Zero Energy House
4. A Cool Conversion: Retrofitting A TRUECORE® steel Frame
5. Steel Saves The Day For Scouts
6. XLERPLATE® Product Information Book
7. Australian Steel Reinforcing Australia's Defence Capability
Fast Facts

This Month's Feature Article
1. Breaking The Mould With Ecobodes
The Ecobode, designed by Dick Clarke of Envirotecture, is an award winning design concept for a sustainable home which broke the stereotypical project home mould. The Ecobode 180L was the winner of the Environmentally Sustainable Buildings category also receiving a commendation in the Houses Less Than 250 square metres category at this year's BDA NSW Design Awards. [Read more]
Western elevation of Ecobode home which features roofing, guttering and walling made from both ZINCALUME® steel and COLORBOND® steel.

2. Fly Into The Ford Residence

The Ford residence, set on a 400 acre farmlet in Esperance, Western Australia, is a stunning example of sustainable best practise building. The home was built for retirees David and Jen to reward themselves with a new home and hangar to suit the beach lifestyle and vista outlook where they could entertain visiting family and friends. [Read more]

3. Zero Energy House

The brief was to design a contemporary, sustainable house made from straw bales using an existing post and beam structure and to design a home that required minimal heating or cooling. [Read more]

4. A Cool Conversion: Retrofitting A TRUECORE® steel Frame

Renovating a home can be rewarding process and as an owner / builder, Carmine Masino knows first hand the challenges and obstacles of converting a home into a dream house. After purchasing a home in Burwood East that was over 40 years old, Masino decided to renovate the existing single story house into a modern, double story home. [Read more]

5. Steel Saves The Day For Scouts

Following a devastating bushfire, the Shakespeare Centre for Scouting at Camp Cottermouth, ACT, has turned to steel covered modular buildings to rebuild their centre. The scout's original cabins were burnt down during the 2003 bushfires and had to be redesigned to incorporate steel-only finishes and exteriors to remove the danger of another fire taking out the centre. [Read more]

6. XLERPLATE® Product Information Book

The latest XLERPLATE® Product Information Book is out now. It contains information on XLERPLATE® steel history, product reference standards and technical information such as flame cutting, plasma and laser cutting, corrosion prevention, forming and bending and welding. [Download Now]

7. Australian Steel Reinforcing Australia's Defence Capability

Leading Australian steel fabricator, RPG Australia, recently completed the fabrication, construction and installation of a shiplift at Techport Australia using 2,800 tonnes of XLERPLATE® steel. [Read More]

8. Fast Facts...

During World War 1 and World War 2, Australian wives, mothers and girlfriends were concerned for the nutritional value of the food being supplied to their men. Any food they sent to the fighting men had to be carried in the ships of the Merchant Navy. Most had no refrigerated facilities, so any food sent had to remain edible after periods in excess of two months. A body of women came up with the answer - the ANZAC biscuit - with all the nutritional values possible, made of items that did not readily spoil.

ANZAC Biscuit Recipe

1 cup rolled oats
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup dessicated coconut
125g (4 oz) butter
1 tablespoon golden syrup

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 tablespoons boiling water

Preheat oven to 150°C. Combine all dry ingredients except the bicarbonate of soda. Combine butter and golden syrup, stir over gentle heat until melted. In a small bowl mix soda with boiling water, add to melted butter mixture, stir into dry ingredients. Place teaspoonfuls onto lightly greased oven trays; allow room for spreading. Cook for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Loosen while still warm, then cool on trays.

Thanks for reading,

Simon Grimes
Manager, Steel Direct

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