Environment and Steel

As global warming, rising oceans and world temperatures have become the foremost conversation of environmentalists, responsible industries listen.

Meeting the perceived long term demands of consumers, interpreting the wishes of next generation customers
and knowing how to be the leader in important and far reaching technology, requires a character which understands reliability and responsibility.

You may never know the names of these manufacturers, their locations or their history, but you are exposed to their products, often every day and sometimes, become aware of their brands.

COLORBOND®is one of these names and colourful histories. It is just like water these days; in extremely high demand.

Steel is still the most reliable and durable barrier against the increasing ravages of global warming and is your building’s first line of defence against the hot summer sun.

COLORBOND® is not just a brand, it’s an environmentally responsible technology.

Its manufacturer has recognised the need to continually improve their environmental footprint and has implemented internal and external standards of Health and Safety and Waste Management and work closely with the world steel industry to continuously find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Since 2006 they have reduced water consumption and now one of the most water efficient integrated steelworks in the world, using 98 per cent recycled or salt water in a manufacturing process which requires considerable water resources.

The company's Thermatech® solar reflectance technology optimises the solar reflectance properties of COLORBOND® steel colours. Even the darker colours perform better without changing their appearance.  
So you can choose from a wider range to style your home and still enjoy a thermally efficient roof.

When heat is reflected away from your building, air-conditioning has an easier job keeping your building cool, thus using less energy. Less energy means less cost and less energy generation, so less emissions. It begins a cycle of controlling the environment, rather than adding to the problem.

This simple science, when applied to the roofs of millions of homes and coupled with new ways of utilizing solar energy and reducing fossil fuel dependency, creates a meaningful positive impact on an otherwise irreversible situation.

This remarkable product has a high durability and resilience to harsh environments, which essentially means that it helps the environment for longer. This is due to the layering of coatings onto the steel.  With enhanced corrosion resistance, then pretreatment, to improve the adhesion of further coatings, a corrosion inhibitive baked on primer, then a topcoat, designed to stop chipping, flaking and blistering and give the steel its long lasting protection, these are the layers where Thermatech® works its undeniable magic. That’s not where the story ends, because all COLORBOND® steel is 100% recyclable!

Our particular tale of seasonal risk in the Caribbean, with potential high winds and rain, not to mention the perennial salt blast, compounds the argument for the use of long term resilience in all of our building materials. Steel is at the forefront of those defences, especially when the material comes from reputable resources.

The world has long been privy to the versatility of galvanised roof sheeting and has, through changes of generations, increases in population and social conditions, always risen to the latest challenge. Even in the Information Age, steel presents a multi purpose material able to meet contemporary and future demand.

It’s performance that counts and ECMIL, as a finishing manufacturer of this material, has developed a portfolio of fabrications to meet the majority of building requirements, in the knowledge that the defence and durability of our environment is key to the preservation of our culture, lifestyle and our economy.

The company provides its customers with products which offer protection, security, storage, strength and consistency and all with quality and style.

Call our experienced and knowledgeable staff today to discuss your next building project and discover how ECMIL provides a comprehensive choice to suit any palette, or construction, while giving the opportunity to take part in our environmental survival.

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.

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