Going green, sustainable living, eco-friendly – however you refer to it, this way of life has become the trend in the last few years as more and more people are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of this movement. While using less water, recycling and energy-efficient light bulbs are good places to start, it’s going to take a lot more to reduce your carbon footprint. One way to really support the cause is through the use of steel, which construction companies are now utilizing to build metal buildings to a greater extent as an alternative to lumber or brick. Metal buildings are no longer just for warehouse or industrial purposes, but are being designed in an attractive manner to house churches, schools, fire stations and even homes. Being educated in the environmental offerings these buildings provide will take you one step further in the going green game.
You may say, well other building materials are recyclable too, and you wouldn’t be wrong. The difference with steel is the ability to recycle it multiple times without ever losing its performance or property value. Once metal buildings are taken down, the materials can always be reused elsewhere. There’s a good chance that the metal building you are about to have constructed will be made with recycled components, and there would still be no reason to question its longevity and durability.
Steel generates little to no waste during the construction of metal buildings due to their pre-engineered capabilities, and because of its never-decreasing worth, the material isn’t ever dumped into a landfill and left to create harmful effects for Mother Earth. The durability of a steel building also makes for less waste management in situations like bad weather or natural disasters compared to those made of more traditional materials that in all likelihood wouldn’t survive.
Thermal and Energy Efficient
There are several ways a metal building can offer thermal and energy efficiency. During the design process it must be decided which components will be used as contributing factors. The use of insulated panels allow for a decrease in the amount of heat lost out into the environment and lets less cold in, resulting in reduced energy use inside a building. Metal roofs use cool coating, which reflects light and heat from the sun, limiting the energy air conditioning systems use up while also aiding in global warming efforts since the solar heat beating down on the roof is able to be reflected back up during the day instead of at night.
There are numerous reasons to use steel in construction (low cost, design flexibility, easy maintenance, resistance to climate and pests, etc.) and many benefits that will come along with seeing the future of metal buildings rise in popularity, but the most important may just be the positive effects it has already proven to have on keeping this green earth actually green.
Tiffany Olson is a full time blogger who writes on behalf of small and medium sized businesses in order to help them increase their online presence. This article was written on behalf of MetalsDirectInc.com and inspired by the work that they do with metal buildings. Photo by Elizabeth Anderson