When you think of energy efficiency, steel doesn’t typically come to mind. However, as one of the world’s most common elements, steel has been an innovative and essential material for mankind since day one—its earliest use dates back to the 11th century BC. The amount of materials, time, and general composition of a building’s materials can have an impact on the environment—a positive one if the right materials are used. Fortunately, steel is one of the most environmentally friendly building materials you can use. If you’re considering constructing an energy efficient building, here are five reasons why steel is the best material to use.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Steel is a structural alloy, meaning it’s recyclable. In fact, it’s the most recycled material in the world—in North America alone, we’ve been reusing steel for over 170 years. Building with steel also reduces the amount of framing material used for constructing frames. The less material used, the better for the environment. If something ever happens to the building, the steel can be reused to construct another building or the material can be used to create another steel product. Most steel is already made of recycled materials, including scrapped cars. Repurposing steel means less will end up in landfills, which is always a good thing.
Structural steel is always pre-fabricated and inspected at a structural steel facility. Since it’s already fabricated to meet your needs, it significantly reduces construction time. A reduction in construction time facilitates the process of building, resulting in energy consumption savings during construction.
Steel is a great insulator for both heat and cold. During the winter, it’ll maintain heat and keeps indoor temperatures low during the summer. Great insulation doesn’t require the entire building to be constructed out of steel—just a simple steel roof can save you 40% or more annually on your energy bills. Maintaining temperatures in a structural steel building year round helps keep your energy use low and your monthly bill even lower.
Although still flexible, steel reigns supreme as the most durable and sturdy material in the construction industry. Due to its durability, structural steel reduces the wear and tear normal buildings face. This means you’ll seriously cut down on repairs, maintenance, and replacement energy requirements.
As mentioned above, steel is one of the most durable materials we have. It’s durability makes it highly resistant to forces of nature, like fires and earthquakes. Steel building framework is always tested and made to protect against fire before putting on those final touches. Meanwhile, it’s flexible nature allows it to bend rather than crumble during an earthquake.
Steel use for constructing building can be beneficial in more ways than one. It’ll save you money on monthly bills, insulate your home, and keep your building structurally sound. Ready to get started on your energy efficient building? Give us a call at 800-328-6437. We’re happy to help.