Although the timber-based platform method is by far the most popular method of house framing in Australia, there are numerous other methods that are worth investigating. Timber tends to lose moisture as it ages, resulting in wall studs and ceiling joists that warp, shrink and twist. This in turn may lead to cracks in the plasterboard used to construct interior walls and ceilings. Timber is also prone to rot and damage from insects such as white ants. For a frame that is both stable and durable, look at metal, straw bale and structural insulated panel framing options.
Most homes in Australia are built using light frame construction using timber. Find out about the properties of these homes.
Steel is increasingly used in modern house framing, and is valued for its versatility, longevity and strength.
Structural insulated panels (or SIPs) are typically made of wood and styrofoam, and are an effective alternative to light frame construction.
Straw bale houses aren't particularly common, but offer excellent insulation and a cost effective way to build a home.
Asbestos sheets, when broken, can cause cancer. They are often found in older houses, where they were used for insulation purposes.
Oriented strand board (or OSB as it's known) is used in light frame construction to offer greater strength, stability and reinforcement.