Posted on December 9, 2020 by Heritage
Sustainability has become an increasingly important point to consider when designing a new building. Metal buildings are a sustainable solution that can be custom-designed to meet your needs. Learn more about the characteristics that make our prefabricated steel buildings an environmentally-friendly option.
Steel buildings are a smart short-term and long-term investment. Steel offers superior durability you can count on. Compared to customary building materials, it’s more resistant to damage from high winds, heavy snowfall, seismic activity and fire. This contributes to low-maintenance performance over the life of your metal building. The lengthy lifespan of steel buildings helps reduce usage of raw materials that are used to construct new buildings and maintain existing facilities.
Choosing steel can help conserve natural resources, reducing environmental impacts. The steel used in our metal buildings consists of recycled materials. Steel building components are also 100% recyclable at the end of their life, decreasing the amount of waste that goes to landfills.
Prefabricated metal building components are manufactured to fit your custom size requirements and are ready to install when they arrive at the building site. This allows for a smaller worksite, minimizing erosion and other disruptions to surrounding areas. It also helps reduce waste from sizing materials onsite.
To further reduce site impacts, consider selecting cool metal roofing colors that are designed to reflect the sun’s heat instead of absorbing it. This can help reduce the urban heat island effect which refers to the 6-8 degree temperature increase in urban areas compared to surrounding rural areas. The increase in temperature can worsen the effects of existing air pollution and increase cooling costs for surrounding buildings.
Steel buildings are an energy efficient option that can help earn points toward various green building certifications including LEED and the Declare certifications.
They’re designed to accommodate high-performance insulation that can help maintain consistent interior temperature and reduce energy usage over time.
Choosing cool metal roofing colors can also help reduce energy usage by reflecting the sun’s heat back into the atmosphere instead of absorbing it into the interior of the building. This can also decrease heating and cooling costs over time.
To learn more about the sustainability of our steel buildings, contact one of our experienced project consultants.