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Caribbean environmental warming and ECMIL

The Caribbean construction industry faces unique challenges
and opportunities due to the region's climate, environmental concerns, and vulnerability to global warming impacts. Innovations, including the use of galvanized roof sheeting, continue to play a vital role in combatting global warming while enhancing the sustainability and resilience of buildings in the Caribbean.

These are our industry challenges:

  • Climate Resilience:
    The Caribbean is prone to extreme weather events, including hurricanes, storms, and heavy rainfall.
    Buildings must be constructed to withstand these events and protect inhabitants and property.
  • Energy Efficiency:
    High temperatures and humidity necessitate cooling systems, increasing energy consumption. Energy-efficient building practices are crucial to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global warming.
  • Sustainable Materials:
    Locally sourced, renewable, and eco-friendly building materials are essential to reduce the industry's environmental impact.
  • Water Management:
    Effective water management strategies are necessary to combat water scarcity and prevent flooding during heavy rainfall.
  • Waste Management:
    Proper waste management practices are required to reduce construction waste and promote recycling.

Industry Innovations:

  • Galvanised Roof Sheeting:
    offers several benefits, including corrosion resistance, wind resistance, and longevity. These qualities make it the most suitable material to combat the effects of global warming in the Caribbean. The use of galvanized roofing helps extend the lifespan of buildings, reducing the need for frequent replacements and the associated environmental impacts.
Bluescope steel and colorbond®


Industry Innovations cont.

  • Cool Roof Technology:
    Cool roof technology involves using reflective and heat-resistant materials to reduce the absorption of solar heat by buildings. This helps lower indoor temperatures, reduce the energy required for cooling, and mitigate the urban heat island effects*, contributing to combating global warming.
  • Solar Energy Integration:
    Caribbean countries have abundant sunlight, making solar energy a viable renewable energy source. Integrating solar panels into building designs can significantly reduce reliance on fossil fuels and decrease carbon emissions.
  • Rainwater Harvesting:
    Capturing rainwater for non-potable uses, such as irrigation and flushing, can help conserve water resources and reduce stress on municipal water supplies.
  • Sustainable Building Certifications:
    Encouraging the adoption of sustainable building certifications, such as LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) or Green Globe, can incentivise the implementation of eco-friendly practices and materials.
  • Climate-Responsive Design:
    Architects and builders should adopt climate-responsive design principles, considering local weather patterns, prevailing winds, and natural ventilation to create energy-efficient and resilient buildings.
  • Low-Impact Construction Techniques:
    Prefabrication, modular construction, and use of lightweight materials can reduce construction waste and minimise disruption to the environment.

Combining these innovative strategies with the use of galvanised roof sheeting can enhance the sustainability, energy efficiency, and climate resilience of buildings in the Caribbean.

By promoting responsible construction practices, the Caribbean construction industry can contribute to global efforts in combating global warming and building a more sustainable future for the region.

Contact our knowledgeable sales staff today, to purchase the best quality roof sheeting available, as well as key steel components such as rebar, welded mesh and other fabricated items, at ex factory prices.


You will discover the beauty and resilience of ECMIL steel
and why we are The Steel of The Region.


*urban heat island effects

Heat islands are urbanised areas that experience higher temperatures than outlying areas. Structures such as buildings, roads, and other infrastructure absorb and re-emit the sun's heat more than natural landscapes such as forests and water bodies.


Our Latest Brochure is now available!

ECMIL has always been about quality,
durability, affordability, and choice.

Our range of items has increased over the years, to meet your demand for fresh styles, colours, and advanced technology.

With that in mind, we now offer our 2022 Online Brochure, to better assist your efforts to improve your home or business and secure your future with the best quality steel products.  And remember, all at ex-factory pricing!

That's why we are ECMIL - The Steel of The Region!


It’s a remarkable and long lasting investment, which secures your family and property from the ravages of Caribbean weather, while adding real value to your home.

COLORBOND® and Zincalume® roof sheeting
are industry standards.

We have prepared our helpful article in pdf format.
‘Storms and Common Sense’.

This will provide a road map
to steer you to a safe annual plan of action.

NB. This article is for general information purposes only and is meant as an incentive to the reader, who should then research and seek advice from their architectural and construction professionals to confirm that the ideas expressed are possible within the building codes of their territory or within the limitations of their home's architecture. ECMIL only recommends their own products and third party products which they supply, as part of their company's roofing solutions to customers.