The Case for Light Gauge Steel: SUSTAINABILITY - Lower Environmental Impacts

 

HOWICK - THE SUSTAINABILITY OF 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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