6 Reasons Steel Buildings are the Eco-Friendly Choice

Published November 20, 2013 by Whirlwind Team

gray_metal_roofing.jpgWhen you're a building professional, eco-friendly construction can sometimes seem a little out of reach. After all, sustainability factors into all parts of the building process -- from the materials used and their transportation to the jobsite, to the architecture of the building and the use of enviro-friendly technology. Sure, you want to help save the environment, but you need to save money throughout the building process. Luckily, you can do both when you build with metal.

Steel buildings are one of the few products that -- when manufactured correctly -- can boast sustainability at virtually every phase of their evolution. In fact, metal buildings and building components are one of the most eco-friendly construction options on today's market. Here's why:

1. Resource Preservation: Consider this: research shows that a standard 2000-square foot home can require close to an acre of trees before the job is finished. Compare that to the six cars' worth of scrapped metal used to construct an equivalently sized residence using steel, and it's easy to see why metal construction makes more sense. 

2. Lower Production Emissions: Over the past two decades, America's steel industry has been working hard to create more energy-efficiency plants. Many of today's plants produce no carbon dioxide emissions at all.  What's more, nearly all the water used to generate steel is recycled after use, making the entire production process an eco-friendly one.

3. Pre-fabricated components: Pre-fabricated steel buildings are eco-friendly from the beginning to the end of their construction cycle. Not only do they streamline the building process, but the on-site work they require is quicker to complete, uses fewer laborers and on-site machinery and reduces overall energy consumption.

4. Energy Efficiency: Heating and cooling can account for up to 50% or more of a building's total utility consumption. Pre-painted or granular-coated metal roofing works to reflect solar energy and re-emit most of the solar heat that is absorbed, saving up to 40% on heating and cooling costs.

5. Longevity: Every time a building component needs repair or replacement, some degree of energy is required, whether it's consumed through the manufacturing of new parts, the shipping process or the fuel used by workers to get to the jobsite. As a result, the most eco-friendly buildings are the ones that require the fewest renovations. Steel buildings and metal roofing boast the greatest durability and the longest lifespans, making them a top choice for sustainable structures.

6. GREEN Certification: As more municipalities begin to require sustainable building standards for new construction projects, steel is becoming a more popular option. It meets the requirements for the nation's leading green construction certifying agencies, such as the National Green Building Program, which certifies residential buildings, and the US Green Building Council’s LEED program, used for both residential and commercial structures.

Well-designed and executed steel buildings are not only convenient and affordable; they are also more sustainable than alternative structures. Visit us at whirlwindsteel.com, and learn more about what an eco-friendly metal building can do for you.

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