12 reasons to build with steel
1. Steel is a natural material
The raw material iron is one of the most abundant elements on Earth, it even forms the core of our blue planet.
2. Efficient production process
Today, steel is manufactured with less than half the energy and water required in the 1960s.
One of the main reasons for building with steel: Steel production does not create waste. All by-products can be reprocessed. Blast furnace slag is used in the manufacture of cement or as a mineral raw material.
All major European steel companies have an ISO14001 certificate.
3. Steel saves time: fast implementation
Efficient progress of the construction projects optimal prefabrication in the workshop.
The installation times are short and nuisance for the neighbourhood is kept to a minimum.
4. Tidier and safer working
Construction sites are quieter, waste-free, dry and dust-free. Less storage space is needed on the construction site itself.
Public roads are less busy in city centres.
5. Safety against impact and seismic loads
The natural properties of steel give it a high resistance to unexpected stresses.
6. Long service life
With a good concept and good maintenance, steel will last a very long time.
This is the case, for example, with the Atomium and the Eiffel Tower.
7. Steel can offer energy savings
Steel façade systems and steel structures promote energy-efficient construction.
Sandwich panels allow optimal energy performance and are frequently used in “cold rooms”.
8. Architectural freedom
All over the world, steel is an ally of architecture and blends remarkably with all building materials.
Due to the high load-bearing capacity, light constructions with large spans are possible. Transparent structures make maximum use of the power of natural light.
9. Steel is flexible and adapts to new requirements
Buildings can be easily changed or enlarged to meet new requirements.
10. Steel breathes new life into old buildings
Steel is the material of choice for renovation: fast, light, flexible and strong.
11. Easy disassembly and rebuild
Steel is frequently used in projects that require disassembly and reconstruction at a different location.
12. 100% recycling without loss of quality
Steel is easy to separate, continuously being recycled through the scrap trade.
More than half of European steel production uses recycled steel.
The raw materials of tomorrow can be found in scrap yards everywhere.