Benefits of steel

Steel is:

  • Strong;
  • Rigid;
  • Slim;
  • Lightweight;
  • Dimensionally stable;
  • Safe;
  • Flexible;
  • Efficient;
  • Sustainable;
  • Deconstructable;
  • 100 % recyclable.

Benefits of steel:

  • Architectural freedom;
  • Ample options for urban integration;
  • Many processing and shaping options;
  • Numerous steel types and grades;
  • Prolonged corrosion protection;
  • Lightweight;
  • High construction speed;
  • Reduced environmental disturbance;
  • Usable on cramped, enclosed locations (inner city)
  • Usable on poor substrates;
  • Usable on existing foundations;
  • Usable for extra story additions, insertions, extensions, overpasses, and other types of intensive use of space.

Steel = Sustainable

  • Environmental savings in all stages of the structure’s lifespan;
  • Industrial production in a controlled environment;
  • Increasing use of scrap, decreasing demand for raw materials;
  • Reuse of steelmaking byproducts;
  • Continued innovation in fabrication technology;
  • Continued reduction in energy use and emissions;
  • No construction waste;
  • Material extensive construction (minimal material per construction component);
  • 100% recyclable;
  • Recyclable many times over;
  • No downcycling;
  • Deconstructable;
  • Reusable (as construction component).

Steel = Flexible and adaptable

  • Wide floor spans;
  • Large story heights;
  • Transparency and clarity;
  • High amount of net floor area and building volume;
  • Pipeline integration in construction components (floors, walls, columns);
  • Flexible floor plans and façades;
  • Adaptable and customizable floor plans and façades;
  • Multifunctional and multi-tenant use;
  • A variety of options for shapes, coverings, and protection for façades, walls, and rooftops.

Steel = Energy efficient and comfortable

  • Thin and heat-insulated façade and roof lining;
  • Acoustic insulation using floating screeds and suspended ceilings;
  • Resistant to fungi and pests;
  • Lightweight structure: easy to heat and cool;
  • Storage of thermal energy with simple systems;
  • Simple solutions for high air-tightness of roof and façade;
  • Excellent moisture proofing with simple sealing systems.
 

Steel = Fire-safe:

  • Steel is nonflammable;
  • Steel is fire-resistant for 20-30 minutes;
  • Various methods to increase the fire-resistance of steel (including coating, cladding, concrete filling, fire-retardant paint, dimensioning for fire-safety, open façades);

Steel = Cost-effective:

  • Lower assembly costs, lower total structural costs;
  • Less labor-intensive;
  • No delays due to bad weather;
  • Less transport and temporary infrastructure;
  • Reduced use of cranes;
  • No expensive auxiliary support structures;
  • Reduced need for storage for building materials;
  • Minimal interest on building plot;
  • Savings in foundation costs;
  • Increased construction speed, earlier yields from sale or lease;
  • Savings in construction and finishing costs due to reduced building height, reduced façade surface area, and lighter foundations.