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The environmental benefits of steel buildings


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The environmental benefits of steel buildings

  1. 1. The Environmental Benefits of SteelBuildings Free Powerpoint Templates Page 1
  2. 2. If you were to conduct a survey asking people aboutthe benefits of steel buildings, environmentally friendlyprobably wouldn’t make the list. People may think ofsteel as strong or durable, but a friend to theenvironment may be stretching it just a bit. In reality,steel buildings are definitely strong and durable, butthey also have environmental benefits that most peoplewould never even consider. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 2
  3. 3. Recyclable The notion of steel being a recyclable product may seem completely ridiculous to some, but it is in fact one of the most recycled substances in the world. It is 100 % recyclable and the same piece of steel can theoretically continue on forever. This is because when steel is recycled, it is melted down and then made into a different steel product. However, unlike other products that are recycled, steel doesn’t lose any of its strength in the recycling process. So, your steel building might be made from steel that was once another product entirely. Continued.. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 3
  4. 4. The fact that steel can be recycled indefinitely alsomeans that forests and other natural resourcesaren’t disturbed or destroyed as part of theprocess. It also saves space in landfills because noone really ever throws steel away intentionally. Itjust keeps getting used over and over and overagain.Even the strength of steel buildings ends up helpingout the environment in some cases. In areaswhere there is extreme weather or earthquakes, asteel building will often still be standing when atraditionally built structure would crumble. Lessdestruction equals less need for waste managementin the affected area, which will help, even if it’s justa little. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 4
  5. 5. Sustainable Sustainability is an environmental buzzword that isn’t lost on the construction and operation of steel buildings. Along with the reusable and recyclable aspects of steel, some of the sustainability benefits include: Speed of construction – steel buildings usually come as preassembled parts that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, requiring less time and resources to get off the ground Adaptability – many types of steel buildings are adaptable in that you can remove one of the ends and add panels to make the building longer Longevity – the flexibility and strength of steel mean that steel buildings will typically last longer than traditionally built structures Free Powerpoint Templates Page 5
  6. 6. Energy Savings Energy efficiency is one element that points to an environmentally friendly building. Steel buildings fit this description in a number of different ways. Window Placement Tinted Windows Double or Triple Paned Windows Continued... Free Powerpoint Templates Page 6
  7. 7.  Insulated Frames Vapor Retarders between the foundation and concrete slabAsk the manufacturer or builder about ways to make your steel building energy efficient and you’ll end up saving more money than you ever imagined. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 7
  8. 8. Cool Coatings The use of cool coatings is another way that steel buildings are beneficial to the environment. These coatings are added to the exterior of steel buildings and result in several environmental benefits. Cool coatings will increase the reflective quality of the building, which means the need for air conditioning in the summer months is reduced. The reflective quality of the roof also reduces a phenomenon known as ‘urban heat island’. With traditionally built buildings, heat is stored in the roof surface as the sun beats down on it all day. At night, that heat is radiated back up into the air. In densely populated areas, all that heat going back up into the air at night means that the night temperatures can’t get as low as they normally would. This contributes to global warming, and is reduced with steel buildings because the heat is reflected back up during the day. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 8
  9. 9. Stats Every year around the world, more than 500 million tons of steel is recycled. As a comparison, that is the equivalent of close to 180 Eiffel Towers every single day. It’s also estimated that less than 1% of structural steel will ever find its way into a landfill. With numbers like these, it’s easy to see why so many people are turning to steel buildings for both residential and commercial applications. The reputation of steel as cold and unnatural is changing, and so will the environment if more people turn to steel when it’s time to build. Free Powerpoint Templates Page 9