The Case for Light Gauge Steel: SUSTAINABILITY

 

HOWICK - WEIGHT REDUCTIONS USING LIGHT GAUGE STEEL

85% OF STEEL IS RECYCLABLE AT THE END OF A BUILDING CYCLE

 ...using light gauge steel roll forming technology from Howick FRAMA machines...

 

Metal recycling is a globally established and competitive industry. In the UK, the metal recycling sector is worth more than $5.6 billion and supplies manufacturers with environmentally friendly material all around the world^.

Steel is the worlds most recycled material, having the ability to be recycled infinitely with no degradation. Studies* have shown that more than 85% of steel is recyclable at the end of a building cycle. Each year, more than 500 million tonnes of steel is recycled worldwide – this equates to 180 Eiffel towers every day.

A minimal amount of waste is generated when using light gauge steel. Further study~ has shown that light gauge steel framing contains a minimum of 25% recycled steel. This highlights that light gauge steel is more environmentally friendly than other more traditional methods of building.

 

http://www.recyclingwasteworld.co.uk/in-depth-article/how-ward-recycling-is-taking-a-made-to-be-remade-approach-to-metal-recycling/161112/

https://www.nzsteel.co.nz/sustainability/recycling/
https://www.metalroofing.org.nz/advantages/recyclability-recycling-metal-cladding

https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2784&context=etd

 

 

 

 

HOWICK - WEIGHT REDUCTIONS USING LIGHT GAUGE STEEL

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF USING STEEL ARE SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THAN USING TIMBER IN CONSTRUCTION

 ...using light gauge steel roll forming technology from Howick FRAMA machines...

 

Offsite construction leads to less material waste. When building in a factory, processes are designed to minimise waste and waste is further reduced by the use of recycled materials. Plus, any materials not used are recycled for the next project. Less onsite traffic and manufacturing defects mean that more modern construction materials, such as light gauge steel, are more environmentally friendly. It has been proven that less material waste is generated when using modern forms of building compared to other traditional methods of construction*. The transfer of materials to the construction site also results in a reduction of traffic flows to and from the building site, decreasing pollution. 

If built with timber, one 2000 square foot house is equal to that of 40 or 50 trees (approx. 1 acre). However, if the same house is built with steel, it is equivalent to around 6 scrapped cars highlighting that the environmental impacts are significantly lower when using steel^.

 

http://www.modular.org/HtmlPage.aspx?name=why_modular

https://www.steelsustainability.org/construction/cold-formed-steel-framing 

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