Are metal buildings really sustainable?

Sustainable and green buildings are on the rise. They are not only cost-effective and more efficient; they are indications that you are being socially and environmentally responsible. Steel buildings make going green incredibly easy and what’s more, you don’t have to do the hard work to be environmentally friendly.

When considering the construction of any building, the materials used make a huge difference in the longevity of the building itself and what impacts it has on the environment. Steel lowers energy consumption in every part of a building’s life, from manufacture to its deconstruction. Steel, as a construction material, is durable, requires minimal maintenance to be that durable and is recyclable. All these properties of steel make it sustainable and environmentally friendly without much effort on your part.

What makes steel buildings green and sustainable?

As discussed earlier, there are several properties of steel which makes it such a sustainable and green choice. But there are other factors during the manufacturing, the designing and the construction process of steel buildings which help steel buildings achieve that sustainability and environmental friendliness.

Prefabrication of Steel Buildings

One of the top reasons why steel is considered to have such green impacts is because of the prefabricated nature of the parts. All the parts of steel buildings are usually fabricated in factories and shipped to the site. Prefabrication uses mass production technologies which increase precision and production and decrease the amount of waste. Even the scrap of waste produced can be immediately reused for production. Producing the parts in the factory also reduces pollution and impacts on the construction sites.

Steel Buildings and Energy Use

Steel buildings reduce the amount of energy use from the production stage all the way up to their deconstruction. Not only do steel buildings consume less energy, during their manufacturing process (because they are recyclable), they also help you save energy during their service life. Steel buildings are well suited to insulation which helps with temperature and sound control inside and out of the building. Insulation means that you are using less energy in running equipment to maintain that thermal level inside the building. Better energy efficiency can be achieved by proper site orientation and location, installing suitable openings, etc.

Steel Buildings’ Durability

When sustainability is what you seek in a product, there is no better material than steel to provide you that. Steel buildings are so durable that they will last a long time even with years of utmost neglect. Steel has a structural strength that is unparalleled. No matter how much pressure steel buildings have to withstand, they will not show signs of wear and tear and will stand the test of time. Moreover, if you put a protective coating like galvanization over the steel components, then those structures are sure to last at least a couple of decades. With steel buildings, a little bit of maintenance goes a long way.

Low-Maintenance Steel Buildings

The low-maintenance aspect of a steel building not only makes the structure more sustainable but also helps with its environmental friendliness. Steel buildings that have protective coating usually require very minimal maintenance to keep them in a properly functioning state. Cleaning and maintenance once or twice a year is enough for this type of buildings. Repairing parts of a steel building is a relatively easy task and can be done without dismantling huge portions of the building. Since steel buildings require less maintenance, you will be spending less energy in the maintaining the building. This means you are more economical with energy use and are more environmentally responsible.

Steel Buildings and Recyclability

Maybe the most important feature of steel buildings, which make them so environmentally friendly, is their recyclability. Steel is one of the most recycled materials in the world at the moment. Most of the steel products manufactured in the factories are made with scrap metal that has been recycled. Even after finishing its service life, a steel building can further be recycled to produce new steel products. This reduces the consumption of energy which might have been required to extract raw materials for new products.

It has never been easier to be environmentally friendly. With steel buildings, you not only save money and time but you can also do your part to save the planet. We manufacture our steel buildings to be sustainable as well as functional and beautiful looking. Going green does not mean you have to compromise your convenience and comfort. With ShedBuy, you can place an order with custom features that cater specifically to your requirements.