The efficiency of steel can, therefore, bring new and renovated constructions up to higher standards and improve the economic, social and environmental performances. Steel has all the attributes required by the 21st century construction sector and its inherent adaptability makes it an attractive option for an unpredictable and rapidly changing future.
At Arcelor Mittal, we are proud to serve a full range of customers, including manufacturers and contractors, who develop systems and methods for using our products and solutions to facilitate reduced impact designs.
Steel in Construction: Life Cycle Analysis and Module D16 December 2013
LCA - Life cycle analysis or assessment, now a common method for all resources and products, is of course also important for steel in construction. ArcelorMittal is fully committed to promoting the sustainability of steel. LCAs in the construction industry will now include the so called "Module D" which considers the end of life recycling possibilities of construction materials in general and metals and steel products in particular.Article
Steel in construction
The modern high-performance construction sector is under an increasing pressure to reduce waste and increase recycling by choosing the best products and technologies currently available. With steel products and technologies being inherently low waste through all stages of their life cycle, steel has its ever-increasing significance in today’s construction sector, driven by market demand for sustainable materials and procedures of the 21st century.
Mainly, but not limited to, the major environmental benefits of steel include:
- 100 per cent recyclability;
- Minimum on-site waste due to high quality, shop prefabrication
- Life-cycle energy savings due to the insulation and air tightness of the envelope.
- A long-lived structure that reduces the need for future building resources (zero depletion of iron resources).
A similar review of progress made in steel buildings demonstrated that:
- Steel construction is efficient, competitive and makes a significant contribution to society.
- Construction can be quickly assembled using high-quality, nearly defect-free steel components that are efficiently manufactured off-site.
- Steel framing and envelope systems allow, together with other materials, for building design with low overall environmental impacts.
- Steel-based construction systems provide flexible spaces that have the potential to be easily modified and adapted so that the building’s life can be extended by accommodating changes in use, layout and size.
- At the end of buildings’ useful life, steel components can be dismantled, reused or recycled without degradation of properties.