One Word Describes Metal Buildings: Efficient

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January 9, 2015

Pre-engineered Steel Buildings: A Streamlined System

No other building material or structural system matches the efficiency of pre-engineered metal buildings. From the production of the steel to the completion of the structure, every phase of a prefabricated steel building project promises ultimate efficiency.

Efficiency of Steel BuildingsWhat do we mean by metal building efficiency?

The dictionary defines “efficient” as “productive without waste.” What a perfect definition of pre-engineered steel buildings! Steel building production wastes nothing.

Efficient Steel Production

Steel production techniques have made tremendous strides since metal building systems burst on the construction scene after World War II.

Today’s steel is 30% stronger than steel produced only a decade ago. The new, stronger steel supports greater weights with less material than ever before. If engineered and constructed today, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge would require half as much steel as the original structure.

Using sophisticated computers and plant automation, today’s steel takes far less time to produce than ever before, too.

Recent innovations in steel production have dramatically increased labor efficiency. In 1900, it took 70 man-hours to create one ton of steel. Today, one ton of steel is produced in only two man-hours or less.

Engineering Efficiency

Computer aided design (CAD) and modern steel engineering and stress software programs combine to create sophisticated, well-documented metal building designs in a fraction of the time.

In the past, metal buildings were often designed for “worst case scenario.” Over-engineered, the plans wasted steel while increasing costs.

Today, steel building is far more efficient. Every stress and load is swiftly computed to generate detailed plans for the strongest possible structure— with the least amount of steel.

Steel’s strength allows for improved space efficiency, too.

Steel columns typically cover 75% less area than concrete columns. Metal buildings require far fewer interior columns than concrete construction.

Clear span metal buildings eliminate the need for any interior support columns, providing the ultimate in floor plan flexibility. Wood or concrete structures cannot compete with the clear span capabilities of pre-engineered steel buildings.

Efficiently Manufactured

Some people believe steel building kits consist of pre-produced, factory-made parts. In reality, every pre-engineered metal building is a custom design. There are no stockpiled building components. Production of the structure begins when the detailed drawings and plans arrive from engineering.

Strict quality-controlled manufacturing assures each part of the metal building package meets industry standards and tolerances. Every piece of the framing kit is cut, welded, punched, and painted by factory professionals. Each component is created specifically for that order.

Efficient Delivery System

Even the delivery system of a RHINO steel building shouts efficiency.

RHINO structures ship from the nearest of multiple shipping points across the U.S. The kit arrives at the job site, efficiently timed to begin erection on schedule.

Look for More on the Efficiency of Steel Buildings in Upcoming Blogs

Feel free to call RHINO now at 888.320.7466 to find out how the RHINO system fits your next building project. Ask for a free, no obligation RHINO building quote.

- by Bruce Brown,
CEO of RHINO
Steel Building Systems, Inc

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