Coating Systems HDG vs Painted

E-House Coating Systems – HDG vs Painted

Continuing on the E-house build series from our article BOLTED vs WELDED discussion the first hurdle is client acceptance when recommending Galvanised vs Painted.

In some instances the client will not budge on the specification, however if the advantages are made clear their position may change to allow an ‘enhancement or deviation’ to the original specification.

This is the case with Galvanising vs Painted protective coating systems.  Whilst lead times may be an issue when galvanising steel the advantage is the process is a simple one that has not changed much in 200 years.   

Most painted systems used on structural steel require as  part of the system, blasting, prep, bottom coat, mid coat and top coat.  All of which require close monitoring and controls to ensure adhesion requirements due to dry times, environment, weather, humidity, dew point and other factors.   Galvanising on the other hand requires abrasive blasting (if required), cleaning (pickling), Galvanising (dipping) and QA, processes which are consistent with the result and coverage and not reliant on environmental factors.   

From this standpoint a saving in cost and time can be appreciable.

From the End Client’s perspective the advantages of moving to a galvanised system can be highlighted as follows:

1. Galvanized is generally the least expensive choice as opposed to other high spec labour intensive coating systems
2. Less maintenance in both short and long term scenarios.  Short term being damaged in transit to the manufacturing facility would need the system to be blasted and recoated in the required system & long term maintenance once in service.  
3. Longer life span.  Most projects now ask for 20+ years serviceability.  Galvanising on typical structural members have a life expectancy in excess of 100yrs
4. Durability – Galvanising due to its metallurgical structure provides outstanding resistance to damage during transport, erection and service as highlighted above
5. Fast assembly:  Once manufacture galvanised steel is ready for immediate use, unlike the painted systems, no time is lost on paint cure times with any touch ups, regardless of weather, can be applied in minutes.

The essence of the discussion for your next project when deciding on the protective coating system and construction method is what will be of most benefit in reducing time, reducing cost and providing longevity in a quality product.

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Why Clients Choose EQ-House

Why Clients are choosing EQ-House?

Why Clients are choosing EQ-House?


Our mission is to align ourselves with what is important to you, our Clients.  Our goals align with your needs.

As they say there is no “I” in team and when you engage with EQ-House we work as part of “your team”.

  • You want your E-House Tenders to be Faster and More Precise?
    • We have the tools and experience to get you winning more bids.
  • You want to reduce your E-House Design Submissions to Client?
    • Our team can support you in producing designs with precision & speed.
  • You want your vendors to provide more relevant project documentation?
    • Allow us to investigate and report where improvements can be made.
  • You want your vendors to deliver on schedule?
    • Let us propose a solution to improve productivity to reduce lead times.
  • You want a Happy Client and Repeat Business
    • Let us demonstrate our effectiveness by our actions.

We compliment our Clients expertise and help you create great projects. Check out some of our projects.


“Sometimes your only available transportation is A LEAP OF FAITH” -Margaret Shepard

2018 the year of EQ-House

In 2018 EQ-House are committed to growing relationships with our business partners. We help turn distressed projects into low risk outcomes. We can provide you with the right people and the right tools to improve profitability.

We strive under stressful situations and our expertise lends itself to understanding the intricacies of Switchrooms, E-Houses, Substations and E-House design, management and constructability.

Our knowledge and years of experience ensures that our solutions are contemporary and consistently updating with industry requirements. This is our strength and is reflected in our approach and behaviours and methodology.

At EQ-House we Evaluate, Observe and Develop tools to help your business in the 6 key elements to Successful E- House & Switchroom Projects.

Our approach is to place ourselves as part of our Client’s organisation, valued asset and the piece to complete the puzzle. There to enhance our clients success and mitigate risk.

If you’re not already familiar with our services and projects, 2018 is the perfect time to make contact with us 1300 360 545 and understand how we can help you and your business.

​EQ-House Establishes Asia Footprint.

EQ-House has set up operations in Singapore in order to be closer to its global clients.

With a local entity and a team on the ground EQ-House will be able to better support its customer base, many of whom have regional offices in, or close to Singapore.

This expansion reflects the very strong growth of the EQH business. Growth that is product of a reputation for making things happen, made possible by experience and well resolved processes and tools.

Chris Sharman, who has an exceptional background with global projects is the Managing Director of EQ-House Asia Pte Ltd..

Let us help you mitigate risk and save time and money in your E-House projects. Please reach out to Chris ( or visit us at

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Your electrical switchroom specialists

The EQ-House team are the people you want on your side when an E-House becomes a requirement for your project. The design creation and implementation of the QM systems should get done by nobody but the experts.


An electrical house  is a modular building that exists outside the main structure the electricity flows too. It provides the specific housing  for all HV, MV, LV boards and auxiliary control systems needed to power building sites and monitor systems. You’ll find the E-Houses  located on oil and gas plants, mine sites, Renewable Sites and rail systems.


EQ-House doesn’t manufacture the E-House itself, but we are engaged to support our global clients from the beginning to the end of a project. Our in-house team has the E-House expertise to give you the confidence that we can deliver and get the job done.


Our services include assistance in:


  • Estimating and Tendering Support
  • Design & Engineering
  • Vendor capability Audits
  • Project Audits
  • Construction Management & Supervision
  • E-House Strategy to Market


Is your business ready to offer a full turnkey solution?

Are you ready to “Go to Market”?


What does it truly mean for a Vendor to be ready to “go to market” on a tender or bid proposal?


For one it is about utilising their internal and external resources to deliver a unique proposal to their customers.  Secondly going to market is about achieving an advantage over your competitors.  This is where EQ-House can be helpful to recognise and enhance your overall proposition with your Client.


Our Services are available at any stage of the process, but we do encourage you to get EQ-House involved as quickly as possible to increase sales effectiveness through solution optimisation and product competence.


We pride ourselves on having a team that knows all facets of the E-House sector from initial bids, design, manufacture, delivery and commissioning.  Understanding the competition in the market is crucial, as crucial as understanding the risks involved in manufacturing switchrooms and our services help to mitigate long term and expensive risk to Vendors who traditionally have only been involved in the supply of switchgear, but now trying to cement themselves as a Vendor of choice to provide a full supply and construct or turnkey solution.


Recognising that today’s business requires a multifaceted, productive and innovative workforce that is ever evolving for each new and unique project, it is not feasible to be hiring and firing specialised staff.  EQ-House are your resourcing specialist in E-House solutions.


We can provide you with a proposal for the engagement of specialised team members who will integrate if required into your existing office environment working with your staff to assist them to build their knowledge base.  So not only do we integrate to assist with the project at hand, but we also leave having had upskilled your existing staff for future growth of your business.  Consider engaging our team to get the right skills, at the right time in the right place.


Our team is ready to help you with bid, design, training and QA solutions, contact us or call one of our team 1300 360 545.