Sustainable Design

Sustainability has been a key business driver and an issue that is vital to the UK’s construction sector. sustainability building can make a big difference to the nations carbon emissions.

Green building is a holistic concept that starts with the understanding that the built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on the natural environment, as well as the people who inhabit buildings every day. As the green building movement grows, more and more building owners, architects, engineers, and contractors are selecting structural steel framing systems to meet sustainable design and construction goals. From conception to erection throughout its entire life cycle, metal buildings prove time and time again why they are leading the industry in sustainability.

Greenness is more than just energy, of course. It also involves the environmental impacts of steel, ‘from cradle to gate’. This means the life cycle up to the time when steel leaves the factory, thus embracing all inputs, including recycled cans and cars. The study includes raw materials, production consumables and production energy, transport and manufacture plus releases to the environment and co-products (such as by-products used as feedstocks in other industries).

steel has proven to be one of the best ways to reduce environmental impact while creating a comfortable, healthy environment both inside and out. Manufactured from the most abundant element on earth, iron, steel can be recycled or reused endlessly without detriment to its properties.

This unique characteristic gives all steel a high value at all stages of its life cycle. The recovery infrastructure for steel recycling is highly developed and highly efficient and has been in place for decades. Current recovery rates from demolition sites in the UK are 99% for structural steelwork and 96% (on average) for all steel construction products – figures that far exceed those for any other construction material. Recycling steel is ‘true recycling’ in which scrap steel substitutes primary steel. This is unlike many other construction materials which are ‘downcycled’ into lower grade applications.

Metal buildings are constructed using steel framing. This type of building frame is easy to insulate and can be easily modified to withstand temperature changes. Also, because most steel buildings are pre-engineered, it is proven that this type of construction is much faster than other types of traditional building projects. When you reduce the time spent on the construction phase costs are also cut down.

The structural integrity of the building is hardly compromised by damaging weather conditions and UV. The structural insulation offered by steel frames allows them to keep conditioning for a long time during summer and heat during winter.

Recycling and Reuse

Steel can be reused and recycled repeatedly without ever losing its qualities as a building material. This unique characteristic gives all steel a high economic value at all stages of its life cycle which, unlike some other construction materials, ensures that it is routinely recovered and reused. Consequently, the recovery infrastructure for steel recycling is highly developed, highly efficient, and has been in place for decades. Current recovery rates from demolition sites in the UK are 99% for structural steelwork and 96% for all steel construction products –Additionally, steel is not only used for framing. Recycled steel is also used in home facets. It is ideal in making doors and windows since its durability and strength can be able to hold large glass panes in narrow frames. It is also used in making tiles, flooring, cabinets, furniture and countertops and handrails for staircases among other items.


Significant waste can occur at the end of a building’s life when it has to be demolished and its materials scrapped. Steel-framed buildings are easily adaptable if the configuration of the building needs to change. The ability of steel to span large distances means that steel buildings contain large open-plan spaces which are easily reconfigured with lightweight partition walls. The steel frame itself can be easily adapted, with parts added or taken away, and its lightweight means that extra floors can often be added without overloading existing foundations.

Whenever renovations are required of a building, a reasonable amount of energy is expended. Whether it’s in getting the renovation equipment and structures to the site or the actual renovation process, energy is required. A steel building is the most eco-friendly alternative because they require the least amount of renovation. Their design allows them to withstand the toughest of weather and natural elements that traditional bricks won’t survive. Steel is also resistant to termites, destructive insects and is reasonably more fireproof than wood. All these characteristics make steel buildings more durable than others.

Metal buildings reduce environmental impact on multiple levels with a decreased total cost of ownership over wood-framed structures. Building with steel is an investment for the future of both your bank account and the Earth.