Sustainability and Steel
There are a great many benefits to living in the Caribbean.
Our environment and rich diversity of culture are without
a doubt, two of the key characteristics which are the basis of our unique world.
They are living, breathing and evolving.
They fit into each other like hand in glove, environment moulding the essence of our culture. But as they do so, they are constantly at risk of being swallowed by indifference, poor care and inappropriate forms of management.
‘Sustainability’ is now the watchword
of our conscious generation.
In environmental terms, it refers to not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources and thereby supporting a long-term ecological balance.
This essential balance impacts at all levels and on a global scale. Some we see, but most we don’t, until it is almost impossible to reverse.
Going green is an ongoing process of evolution to a simpler, less harmful and conscious life style, which moves us, ever closer to genuine sustainability.
This eternal quest must also recognise that we have much to protect in our region, from natural and man made threats and disasters.
Steel in all its forms plays a significant role in this security, especially when combined with concerted attempts to work
with nature to find that often elusive balance.
Using new passive technology, unhindered by costly traditional energy requirements, we can reduce our dependancy on fossil fuels and our carbon footprint, while repurposing what nature provides, in abundance.
Our Colorbond® roof sheeting contains Thermatech® technology, with coatings in layers to assist with cooling, by reflecting solar heat.
This intricate layering also protects the steel from long term deterioration, providing sustainability to the living space, as well as to the physical steel.
In itself, Colorbond®
is 100% recyclable.
If we then apply this logic to construction principles of earlier times, we can develop a scheme which positions a building in its optimum location, to maximise the influence of wind, sun and rain to assist our lives, in cooling, heating and water storage, while reducing traditional dependencies.
Passive technology allows us
to improve what we have and manage it sensibly.
ECMIL has developed its integrated suite of products to allow our customers to clearly build this basic sustainable environment, with an emphasis on value and durability, while continuing to keep pace with new and emerging construction standards.
We are champions of best practices for our materials and the construction industry and provide extensive support to all our customers. Our commitment to environmental sustainability is built in to our choice of products and their efficacy throughout the region.
Further to this, our steel is sourced from companies, well versed in the science of sustainability, environmental respect and modern, conscious technology.
We urge designers, engineers, architects, construction professionals and clients alike, to take up the challenge of common sense construction. Building with a now and future purpose, will ensure our region’s stable environmental development, while not letting what we have, slip away.
As we build a new language of construction, customised to our regional demands, steel will provide us with the strength and durability to conceive of well managed living in spaces, designed to adapt to our requirements and health, while still protecting and defending our lives.
Contact your ECMIL sales representative today
and discovery how you can be part of this positive, sustainable revolution.
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.