Steel's strength, lightness and durability combine to enable sustainable construction solutions. The structural solution in steel means less weight on foundations, longer spanning spaces, simplification of design, ease of construction and minimal site waste.
Whether it is structural efficiency, futureproofing or design for deconstruction and reuse, steel has an environmentally responsible design solution.
Steel provides product and structural designers with the ultimate opportunity to configure solutions around the 4 Rs of the circular economy:
More than 50% of all steel goes into buildings and infrastructure. Aside from advantages in relation to design for deconstruction and reuse, steel offers these specific opportunities:
Structural efficiency is enabled through:
Structural efficiency for steel means less weight on foundations, longer clear-spanning capability, simplification of design and ease of construction.
Steel allows buildings to be adapted, reused and extended. From a sustainability point of view, primary environmental efficiency is created by reusing a building and extending its life, rather than the energy, waste and extra materials required for knock down and rebuild.
Specific mechanisms include: