Sustainable Steel Facts

Construction materials have environmental impact, whether they’re made from wood, steel, concrete or plastic.

When considering the sustainability of a material, we must review all of it’s impact upon environmentatmospheredisposal and durability.

When all of this is taken into account,
steel is the material of choice.

In North America, reduction in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, in the process of steel manufacture continues; energy by 32% and 37% in GHG, since 1990.

The industry is developing new technology to utilise ‘greener’ fuels in the process of steel manufacture to further reduce CO2 emissions.

The smarter and more durable, cost-effective choice for reliable, strong, sustainable and efficient construction is continually recycled steel.

  • Steel has a superior life cycle, since all steel products can be continually recycled into other steel products.
  • A steel product can be recycled into a new version of the same product, without any loss of strength.
  • Steel structures can last for hundreds of years, making them cost-effective as well as sustainable.
  • The material is dimensionally stable and will not warp, split or creep. It does not expand or contract with moisture content and is not vulnerable to termites.
  • Since steel is often fabricated off-site, it can reduce 
    on-site labour and construction waste
  • It is a resilient material, with significant strength 
    and ductility advantages in natural disasters
    such as hurricanes and earthquakes fire and explosions.
  • It is noncombustible and won’t contribute to the spread of a fire, actively reducing fire risk.
  • All steel products can be recovered and recycled again and again into new high-quality products and more than 80 million tons of steel are recycled annually in North America alone.

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.