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Recycled Steel: Trash Reborn

Why Steel Reigns as the King of Green Building Recycled steel continues to reign supreme as the king of all recycled materials. This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Steel Recycling Institute.  Consequently, now seems like the perfect time to review the impressive record of steel recycling in the U.S. Steel’s Recycling Edge Three attributes of steel give it an edge over other recycled materials. First of all, recycling steel does not change its strength.  No matter how many… Read More

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Steel Stables and Horse Barns

7 Reasons Discriminating Equestrians Choose Metal Buildings After the exciting win by Justify at the 144th Kentucky Derby earlier this month, now seems the perfect time to discuss stables and horse barns.  Steel buildings are the clear winners in the structural “run for the roses” of equestrian operations. And with an estimated 9.2 million horses living in the U.S., stables and horse barns are just the beginning. Many larger equestrian operations also employ steel buildings as covered or indoor riding… Read More

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Should You Build with Steel or Concrete?

Part 2: Which Material is Easiest on the Pocketbook and the Planet? Our last blog discussed whether steel or concrete is the best building material for low-rise construction.  It compared the pros and cons of each system in four categories: design, size, availability, and safety. But will a prefab steel system or reinforced concrete structure give you the most bang-for-your-building-buck? Moreover, is steel or concrete the best choice for the environment? Material Costs CONCRETE:  The price of concrete itself remains… Read More

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The Wonders of Recycled Steel Building Kits

How Green Metal Buildings Save Money and the Environment While the green benefits recycled steel building kits are impressive, they are probably not going to be the greatest motivators for you to choose metal buildings. In theory, we all agree saving the planet is noble and grand.  However, when push comes to shove, cost and convenience drives us more than the nebulous attributes of an eco-friendly building material. But what if you could have both? What if you could make… Read More

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The Dollars and Sense of Green Buildings

How Eco-Friendly Structures Outperform Other Real Estate Investments Numerous studies find that green buildings financially outperform ordinary structures. That’s good news for the investor, the tenant, and the planet. How the Investor Benefits from Green Buildings Successful commercial and industrial rentals depend on five things. Green buildings improve the potential outcome on every level: Fast occupancy: Empty space gathers no profits. New commercial or industrial buildings need to lease quickly to begin generating revenue. The benefits of green buildings attract… Read More

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Planting a Tree for Earth Day 2017

Saving Our Planet One Tree at a Time As part of the celebration for Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, organizers are encouraging people to plant a tree as part of the Trees for Earth Campaign.  The Earth Day Network hopes to inspire environmentally-conscious people to plant 7.8 billion trees by the year 2020— one for every person in the world. So What’s the Big Deal about Trees? Trees are the single greatest asset available for battling air pollution on… Read More

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Building a Green Garage with a Metal Building

10 Ways Steel Garages Save Money, Time, and the Environment A prefabricated metal building creates three things property owners crave: vehicle security, space, and greater property value. Equally important to today’s eco-conscious consumer, pre-engineered steel garages are green garages. Can you even imagine all your vehicles— cars, boat, motorhome, riding mower—sheltered under one solid steel roof? Think of the possibilities! Do any of these garage options make your heart flutter? De-cluttering the house Crafting a workshop or hobby shop Constructing… Read More

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A Steel Warehouse is a Green Warehouse

28 Reasons to Use Sustainable Steel for Warehouse Construction Practically every consumer product spends time in a steel warehouse before it makes its way to our door. Steel framing dominates industrial construction. It grabs a shocking 95% of the market. Pre-engineered metal buildings provide the benefits warehouse operations demand: open space, strength, and cost-effectiveness. Steel warehouse advantages include: Simple customization Affordable construction Fast framing erection Ultra-width Elevated height Unrestricted length Unobstructed space Extra-wide openings Built-in damage resistance Lower operating costs Minimal… Read More

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Killing Kilowatt Waste in Steel Buildings

5 Ways to Slash Energy Bills in Commercial Metal Buildings Since steel buildings now account for 65% of all commercial construction in the U.S., finding ways to decrease energy usage in a metal structure benefits the planet, the country— and the business. Reducing energy consumption in commercial structures conserves energy resources, reduces America’s dependence on foreign energy sources— and fattens the business owners’ bottom line by cutting operating costs. How Much Energy Do Commercial Buildings Squander? Commercial buildings devour 19%… Read More

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Building Green for Our Children’s Future

Environmentally Responsible Building Starts with Steel Building green is one way we can help insure a better future for generations to come. Selecting sustainable construction materials like steel offers the most environmentally responsible choice for our children— and our planet. Green commercial and industrial builders today overwhelming choose steel framing for all their one to two-story construction projects. In fact, steel dominates all low-rise construction. Steel frames 65% of all new commercial construction and 95% of all new industrial building… Read More

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