Construction project designers are increasingly concerned with the impact of their work on energy and the environment, especially as certain aspects of construction and building envelope design are becoming mandated by government codes, such as the California Title 24 Energy Code. In addition, change is being promoted through voluntary green building guidelines.
AISI-generated building standards have been incorporated into the most recent editions of the International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC), and are used throughout the world. Steel continues to provide a proven environmentally responsible solution for meeting "green" building requirements in sustainability standards such as the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ASHRAE 189.1, the National Green Building Standard (ICC-700), and "green" building rating systems like the USGBC Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). This emphasis on sustainable building design presents growth opportunities for steel construction products.
SMDI and its partners in the steel construction industry are providing instruction for builders on the environmental benefits of framing with steel and cool metal roofing at venues such as the USGBC Greenbuild Conference and Exposition.
SMDI's Board of Directors has long identified environmental stewardship and commitment to sustainability as part of the industry’s strategic plan and vision for the future. The industry will continue to actively examine strategies to advance that vision and its commitment to global leadership for our sector. Read more about sustainable steel in the booklet "Building a Sustainable Future."
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Steel framing has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any building material, and also provides substantial discounts on Builders Risk insurance.
For re-roofing projects, metal roofing can often be applied over the original roof, saving removal and disposal costs. Learn more about the benefits of cool metal roofing.