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Steel Industrial Buildings: The Green Choice

Environmentally Responsible Buildings for Industry

We covered some of the business benefits of constructing steel industrial buildings in the two previous blogs. (See “7 Reasons to Choose Steel Industrial Buildings” and “7 More Reasons to Choose Steel Industrial Buildings.”)

Building Green with SteelBut what about the environmental impact of using steel framing for industrial construction? Is steel a green, eco-friendly choice?


Recycling Steel

Consider these steel facts:

  • Steel is by far the most recycled material on the planet.
  • Steel is 100% recyclable.
  • Recycling steel reduces greenhouse emissions.
  • More style is recycled every year than aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic all combined.
  • Today 100% of junked cars— and 80% of all major appliances— are recycled into new steel.
  • Steel’s magnetic qualities make it simple to separate, handle, and recycle. Elector-magnets suck the steel right out of the mixed solid waste. The aluminum, glass, paper, and plastic left behind must be painstakingly sorted by hand.
  • Steel is the only material that can be recycled repeatedly without losing any strength.
  • The steel industry has actively recycled iron and steel scrap for over 150 years.
  • A 20,000 sq. ft. steel industrial building contains the equivalent of about 60-70 scrapped cars. Construction a building the same size with wood would consume 10 acres or more of forest.
  • A Douglas fir takes 80-125 years to reach 18” in diameter. Even fast-growing tree species need 30-35 years to reach harvestable size. Only 5.3 man-hours are required to produce one ton of steel.
  • The steel framing for RHINO metal industrial buildings contain up to 90.7% recycled steel.
Air Quality and Steel
  • Using recycled steel significantly lowers greenhouse emissions.
  • Recycling steel reduces mining wastes by 97%, … Read more »

7 More Reasons to Choose Steel Industrial Buildings

The Surprising Flexibility of Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

In our last blog, we covered seven ways steel industrial buildings provide unlimited possibilities at an economical price. However, these are just a few of the many reasons metal buildings hold a 95% market share in industrial construction. Here are seven more benefits provided by pre-engineered metal industrial buildings:

The Versatility of Pre-engineered Steel Industrial Buildings

#1. FRAMED OPENINGS: The strength of steel allows for larger openings than other building methods. Maneuverability of large equipment is important to many industries. Ease of motion saves time— and avoids accidents. Bigger entryways help move larger products like trucks, RVs, or aircraft more easily, too.

RHINO warehouse nearing completionPre-engineered steel industrial buildings allow flexible framed openings, meaning they can be factory-located wherever is convenient for that specific operation.

RHINO offers overhead doors in sizes from 20’ to 70’ in width. Insulated doors and certified wind-rated doors are also available. Hydraulic bi-fold hangar-style doors and sliding hangar doors are other options from RHINO.

#2. FLEXIBLE INTERIORS: Warehouses and manufacturing facilities must constantly adapt to changing needs to maximize efficiency. Steel industrial buildings span farther than other building methods. Unobstructed interiors mean greater floor space flexibility.

However, space is not just horizontal— it is also vertical. Successful warehousing demands optimal use of all space, including overhead space. Metal industrial buildings allow much higher eave heights, creating storage area beyond the total square footage of the structure.

RHINO offers optional mezzanine floors for metal industrial buildings. Using the mezzanine areas for storing smaller products, or for offices, preserves the main floor for operations.

#3. FUTURE EXPANSION: As the industry changes and grows, needs change. Expanding at the current … Read more »

7 Reasons to Choose Steel Industrial Buildings

Industrial-Strength Buildings for the Industrial Market

Steel industrial buildings reign in today’s market. Steel-framed buildings account for an astounding 95% of all new industrial construction.

Why is steel the building material of choice in almost all industrial construction? That’s easy to answer: it’s the bottom line. Metal industrial buildings cost less to buy, construct, and operate than other building systems.

The Unlimited Possibilities of Pre-engineered Metal Buildings for Industry

#1. Although industrial operations might be small or large in scope, the majority of industrial enterprises require large buildings with lots of floor space. No other building material compares to the strength-to-weight ratio of steel.

  • WIDTHS: Steel spans large areas with ease. Column-free interiors bridging up to 150’ are routine. Unobstructed widths up to 300’ are possible with a custom order. With minimal interior support columns, steel industrial buildings may reach a maximum of 480’ in width.
  • HEIGHTS: With RHINO’s prefabricated steel building system, towering vertical space presents no problem. Standard quotes cover eave heights up to 40’. (Even taller structures are available with a custom quote.)
  • LENGTHS: Only property size and budget constrains the building length for a RHINO industrial steel building. There are no other building system limits for the length of any RHINO structure.
The Economics of Choosing a Steel Industrial Building

#2. The affordable cost-per-square-foot pricing for pre-engineered steel building materials surprises many people. Pre-engineered steel framing is by far the most cost-effective way for industry to build.

#3. Factory-built components assure quality control and precision. The factory cuts, shapes, drills, punches, paints, and marks every … Read more »

50 Reasons to Choose RHINO Steel Buildings

Discover Why RHINO Stands Out from the Common Herd

There are many pre-engineered metal building companies, but few match RHINO steel buildings. RHINO delivers a quality product, an affordable price, and phenomenal customer service.

Look at all the ways you will benefit from choosing RHINO as your metal building source.

Quality Product, Quality Package

All metal building systems are not created equal. To compare steel buildings, you must compare the total building package.

RHINO steel buildings provide the following benefits, many of which are not included with other metal buildings:

1.  High-quality, weather-resistant, commercial-grade steel framing

2.  Steel framing guaranteed to meet or exceed all local building codes for the LIFETIME of the structure

3.  Designed exactly to the customer’s specifications and specific local building codes

4.  Pre-engineered to deliver the strongest structure, the least amount of waste, and the fastest framing assembly of any building system, cutting construction time by about 33%

5.  Building manufactured to precise tolerances for complete quality control

6.  Fast delivery in 4-7 weeks, depending on the complexity of the design

7.  Shipped from nearest factory to the job site to reduce freight costs

8.  Complete list of all materials shipped, with all framing factory marked for easy identification

9.  Clips pre-welded at the factory for quick and easy attachment of girts and purlins

10.  High-strength steel bolts and nuts for secure connections

11.  One framed opening up to 30’ wide included in a standard package

12.  Cover trim for all framed openings for a more professional appearance

13. … Read more »

Steel Buildings in Nevada: The Safest Bet

The Silver State’s Extreme Climate Calls for Metal Buildings

Given the state’s unique challenges, steel buildings in Nevada just make sense. From the Mojave Desert to the snow-covered summits of the Sierra Nevada mountain peaks, the Silver State remains a land of extreme contrasts.

Pre-engineered metal buildings in Nevada confront those difficulties one by one.

Dealing Yourself a Winning Hand with Metal Buildings in Nevada

Pre-engineered steel buildings in Nevada provide so many benefits:

  • LIGHTNING: Nevada is low on the ranking of lightning-prone states. However, lightning ignited numerous wildfires across the state in the summer of 2014, proving the state is not immune to lightning damage. A properly grounded steel building passes lightning through the framing and harmlessly into the ground. Wood structures struck by lightning ignite and burn.
  • FIRES: The arid climate of much of Nevada makes it a tinderbox for brush fires. Thousands of acres of land burned last summer. Steel buildings are far less likely to suffer fire damage than wood structures. Winds carry embers drift up to a mile from the fire, igniting dry brush or roofs. Steel buildings with metal roofs provide no fuel for embers to ignite. Most insurance companies offer substantial discounts for steel buildings because of the fire-resistant qualities of commercial grade steel.
  • EARTHQAKES: Nevada is the third most seismically active state in the U.S. Active faults exist throughout the state. In August 2014, earthquake “swarms” shook the state. Almost 100 quakes rattled Nevadans in just one week. No structure stands up to shaking like a pre-engineered steel building.
  • TERMITES: You would expect Read more »

Let the Sun Shine In with Metal Building Skylights

Steel Building Skylights Let You Cash In on Nature’s Free Lighting

Installing metal building skylights not only stretches natural resources, it stretches your resources. Including skylights with your steel building order gives you the satisfaction of making the “green” building choice. It also saves your nice green money by reducing utility costs.

What Are the Benefits of Using Skylights?

Obviously, reducing the amount you pay for lighting a building is the greatest advantage of skylights and wall lights. Skylights, also known as light transmitting panels or LTPs, may reduce lighting costs as much as 80%. However, there are other reasons to choose LTPs.

In greenhouses and sun rooms, plants thrive in the diffused light of quality-made light transmitting panels. RHINO metal building skylights and wall lights let in generous amounts of plant-sustaining light, while avoiding strong, direct sunlight which can wilt and burn tender plants.

Studies have shown natural lighting improves productivity and efficiency in commercial and industrial enterprises. Employees report feeling more satisfied with their jobs. Absenteeism drops.

Metal building skylights increase the value of the structure, making your property more desirable to buyers.

What Type of Buildings Use Skylights?

Generally, skylights and wall lights work best in structures without air conditioning and heating.

For example, farm buildings are seldom climate controlled. Skylights in steel agricultural buildings like barns light the interior all day, without using a single kilowatt of electrical power for illumination.

Yet light transmitting panels are not the right choice for every structure.

Unless located in an extremely mild climate, environmentally-friendly builders will find skylights and wall lights counter-efficient in saving energy. In most climates, a well-insulated climate-controlled building uses energy more efficiently without skylights … Read more »

Steel Barns: Making a Red Barn Green

Why Farmers and Ranchers Choose Eco-friendly Metal Buildings

Strong, durable and recyclable pre-engineered steel barns and agricultural buildings make it easy to be “green.” The environmental benefits of metal buildings make them with favorite for rural dwellers and city dwellers alike.

This Land is Your Land

Farmers and ranchers respect the land. Their very existence depends on the earth’s bounty. Being “green” comes naturally to them.

That is just one of the many reasons so many ranchers and farmers make pre-engineered steel buildings their number one choice for barns and other ag buildings. They are confident metal buildings make the best environmental choice.

Steel: Endlessly Recyclable

Steel is by far the most recycled substance in the world.


Steel is the only building material on the planet that can be recycled countless time without losing any strength. RHINO’s metal barns and buildings contain up to 90.7% recycled steel.

Steel: Economical to Recycle

Other materials must be hand sorted for recycling. The magnetic qualities of steel make separating it simple. Using giant electromagnets, steel leaps from the solid waste stream, leaving glass, plastic, wood, and paper behind.

There is an abundance of steel to reclaim. Junked cars and ships, old railroad cars and tracks, dismantled old bridges, and discarded appliances abound. Decades from now, when your steel barn has outlived its usefulness, it too can be recycled into another generation of steel.

The steel industry is no Johnny-come-lately to the environmental bandwagon. North American steelmakers have been recycling steel for over 150 years.

Steel: Less Waste

Steel’s strength … Read more »

Why Ranchers Love Steel Barns and Riding Arenas

The Benefits of Metal Buildings for Horse and Cattle Ranchers

When it is time to rebuild or expand, smart ranchers choose pre-engineered steel barns and metal structures. Metal barns, steel riding arenas and stables, serve ranch operations better— and much longer— than structures built with other materials.

Pre-engineered steel buildings are easy to afford, easy to erect, and easy to maintain.

Pre-engineered Metal Barns and Ranch Buildings Save TIME

Cattle ranchers and horse breeders want to spend their time working their livestock, not building, repairing, and maintaining their ranch structures. Prefabricated steel are built fast— and built to last. Steel-framed stables, barns, riding arenas, livestock pavilions, hay sheds, equipment storage structures, and other rural ranch buildings stand up to the challenges of ranch life.

RHINO steel buildings arrive at the ranch ready to erect. All the framing components are cut, welded, punched, and marked at the factory. The building assembles one frame at a time, like a giant erector set. Prefabricated metal buildings typically take about 33% less time to build than traditional framing methods.

Steel is much stronger than all other building materials. Pre-engineered steel uses far fewer pieces to construct a much stronger frame than is possible with lumber.

Steel barns, riding arenas, stables and other agricultural buildings require almost no maintenance, saving even more time. Steel-framed structures last decades longer than ordinary wood buildings.

Steel Barns and Ranch Buildings Save MONEY

Whether raising cattle, … Read more »

Metal Barns and Buildings for Rural Life

Pre-engineered Steel Shelters Down on the Farm

Today’s modern farmers overwhelmingly choose pre-engineered metal barns and agricultural buildings. They rely on the affordability, flexibility, and durability of steel barns and farm buildings.

Family Farming: Steel Going Strong

Families have always been the backbone of American farming. In the past, a working farm often remained in a family for generations.

People assume today’s huge farm enterprises are mostly corporate operations.

Farming today is still predominately a family business. Families and individuals own over 90% of all of the 2.2 million farms in the U.S.

Corporate farms account for only 3% of total U.S. farms— and 90% of those are family owned. (Savvy family-owned farmers have incorporated to take advantage of legal benefits available to corporation agribusinesses.)

Profit-wise farmers today have increased their acreage as large-scale equipment expanded their capabilities. According to the U.S. Census of Agriculture, farms now average over 400 acres. Larger farms may include thousands of acres.

High-Tech Farming Demands High-Tech Structures

Large-scale farms require large-scale farm equipment. Expensive tractors, combines, trucks, trailers, corn pickers, backhoes, graders, harvesters and other equipment need protected storage space— and a lot of it.

Wood-framed barns and structures require rafters and interior support columns, reducing usable space.

Steel is a far stronger building material than wood. Pre-engineered metal barns and farm buildings can span 200’ or more without any interior columns or overhead rafters. Steel barns provide oodles of unobstructed space. Maneuvering huge tractors and ungainly farm equipment proves far easier in clear span metal barns and farm buildings.

Metal Barns and Ag Buildings: The Stronger, Safer, Smarter Way to Build

Steel barns comprise just one … Read more »

Metal Barns for Agricultural Businesses

Farmers Were the First to See the Benefits of Steel Buildings

There’s a reason so many of today’s farmers and ranchers choose to build pre-engineered metal barns: they are smart business people.

Today’s agribusiness professionals know a great deal when they see one. RHINO metal barns and ag structures offer the best deal in steel.

The Evolution of the Barn in America

Even from the early days of American farming, the barn has been the heart of farms and ranches. Barns were many times the size of farmhouses 200 years ago. Neighbors judged the prosperity of the farm on the size and condition of the barn, not the farmhouse. The man who did not keep his barn in good shape was considered a poor excuse for a businessman.

Early settler built their barns with whatever materials were at hand. Nearby forest provided timber to build wood barns. In other places, an abundance of rock made stone the material of choice for barn building.

In 1790, farmers made up 90% of America’s workforce. Using crude plows and equipment driven by horses, mules, or oxen, farming was backbreaking work.

The invention of the steel plow allowed farmers to cultivate more land. The invention of the tractor and related farm equipment expanded the capabilities of the farmer even more, requiring more space to shelter tractors and other equipment.

Farmers and Ranchers Recognize the Potential of Metal Barns

During the Depression, struggling but innovative farmers constructed pole barns from discarded utility poles and sheet metal.

In World War II, the military desperately needed structures that could be shipped in, erected quickly, … Read more »

Rain Gutters for Metal Buildings- Part 3

Are Rain Gutters the Right Choice for Your Location?

In Part 1 in this series on rain gutters for metal buildings we covered all the advantages of including rain gutters and downspouts with your pre-engineered steel building order. Part 2 of the series explained using gutter systems and rain barrels to conserve water.

However, gutters are not the right choice for all climates.

People living in areas of extreme snowfall and frequent ice storms need to evaluate whether gutters are needed in their location.

Ice Dams and Roof Damage

In a poorly insulated structure, escaping heat melts snow and ice on the roof. Since gutters and downspouts hang away from the warmer roof, melting snow and ice refreeze in the gutters, creating ice dams. Ice dams hold melting snow and ice on the roof, allowing water seepage into the building envelope. Dripping water leaks into the structure, soaking insulation.

While ice dams present a greater damage risk to shingled wood roofs than metal building roofs, slowly melting heavy snow or ice can cause leaks on any roof over time. Excess weight of snow or ice can even damage the rain gutters, ripping them from the building.

There are several remedies for ice dam destruction.

  • Use higher-grade insulation to eliminate heat loss through the roof. RHINO Steel Building Systems offers an upgrade insulation system that cannot be beat.
  • Keep gutters and downspouts clear of debris and clogs that may exacerbate ice dam problems.
  • Buy a gutter heating system or heated gutter guard if you live in an area prone to sub-zero temperatures. … Read more »

Rain Gutters for Metal Buildings- Part 2

Conserving Water with Gutters and Rain Barrels

Rain gutters for metal buildings have one major job: to move water away from the structure.

Why stop there? Go “green” by conserving the runoff water gathered by the gutters.

Rain Barrels: The Eco-Friendly Choice

In the first part of this series on rain gutters for metal buildings, we covered the advantages of including gutters and downspouts with your pre-engineered steel building orders.

The option of collecting rainwater for other uses is another benefit offered by rain gutters and downspout systems.

Rain barrels are not a new idea. Your grandparents and great-grandparents probably used rain barrels to harvest water. Rain barrels are still an excellent idea today.

Save Water— and Money— with Rain Collection Systems

Think rain gutters for metal buildings will not yield enough water to bother with it? Guess again.

Most people do not realize just how much free water is available during a rainstorm. A 40’ x 60’ steel building, for example, could collect almost 1,500 gallons of water for every single inch of rainfall. A 1.5” rainstorm on a 50’ x 100’ metal building with a collection system could conserve over 4,600 gallons of water!

Every gallon collected from rain is a gallon not on your water bill.

Rainwater benefits plants and landscaping, too. All gardeners know rainwater makes plants thrive much better than chemical-laden municipal water.

Any type of clean container will work as a rain barrel. Covering the container with a fine mesh keeps debris, insects, and mosquitos from invading the water supply. A lid should cover the container when not in use.

You will find a number of rain barrel and tank ideas available online. … Read more »

Rain Gutters for Metal Buildings- Part 1

6 Reasons to Add Gutters to Your Steel Building Order

When planning to build a steel commercial building— or your own personal steel structure — consider including rain gutters and downspouts on your metal building order.

Why gutters?

In one word: PROTECTION. Here are some of the reasons why:

1. Self-Protection

It is obvious the first job of gutters is allowing people to enter the building during a rainstorm without dashing through a waterfall. Without gutters, anyone coming inside during a thunderstorm receives a thorough drenching, as sheets of water rush off the roof.

2. Leak Protection

Without gutters, rain cascades off the building roof and straight down the walls. The runoff may leak inside around inadequately sealed window and doors, invading the structure and dampening the contents.

Large openings like garage doors present the greatest risk in structures without a gutter and downspout system. Water traveling down the side of the building wedges around the seals. If the water then freezes, it can cause breaks in the seals, increasing the likelihood of greater leaks the next time.

Pooling water around garage doors seeps inside, staining the floor. Over time, the standing water rots wooden doors, or discolors and rusts steel doors.

3. Foundation Protection

Rainwater not diverted from the base of a building can inflict massive damage on a foundation. Excess water can literally compromise the structural integrity of the building itself. Buildings with basements face the highest risk of water damage.

As a heavy rain sheets down the side of a building, it hits the ground with considerable force. Pooling around the base … Read more »

Controlling Airflow in Metal Buildings- Part 2

Good Ventilation Creates Comfort and Extends Building Life

Never underestimate the importance of airflow in metal buildings.

As discussed in part 1, adequate ventilation controls comfort, humidity levels, and condensation in steel buildings.

Two Types of Ventilation

Controlling airflow in metal buildings without air conditioning and heating is simple. You need fresh air flowing into the building and humid air flowing out. This is easily accomplished with vents and large door openings.

Steel barns, equipment structures, storage buildings, aircraft hangars, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities usually have large doorways to accommodate vehicles, equipment, and shipping and receiving. When open, these doorways introduce fresh air into the interiors.

Vents also supply airflow in metal buildings. Vents help in two ways. Vents placed lower in the structure let air into the building. Roof vents allow hot, humid air rising to the ceiling to escape the structure.


In our line of popular accessories, RHINO includes two types of vents.

RHINO’s 3′ x 3′ louver vents typically install in the endwalls. (Larger vents available as needed.) Louver vents may be fixed or include a damper mechanism to control the airflow. In smaller metal buildings, louvered air vents placed under the peak in either endwall may provide enough ventilation.

Louver vents are available from RHINO in either Polar White or Galvalume®.

Ridge vents run along the peak of a metal building’s gabled roof line. Normally, one ridge vent per bay works in larger structures. However, ridge vents can also be connected of required, forming a continuous line down the length of the building. (This allows you to control all … Read more »

Controlling Airflow in a Metal Building- Part 1

The Importance of Ventilation in Steel Buildings

Providing adequate airflow in a metal building affects both the comfort level inside and the durability of the structure. Preventing moisture buildup prolongs the life of a steel building.

Three Factors Affecting Climate in a Metal Building

Climate controlled buildings create some airflow and control moisture with heating and air-conditioning systems. Even these may need additional ventilation. However, many metal buildings are not climate controlled. These include:

• Agricultural buildings, barns, and stables • Auto detailing garages • Auto repair shops • Boat, truck and RV garages • Chemical plants • Lumber yards • Manufacturing plants • Metal shops • Self-storage buildings • Warehouses • Welding shops

Size, location, and use determine the need for ventilation in a metal building.

SIZE: The larger the structure is, the greater the need for good ventilation.

LOCATION: Excessively hot summers, extreme winters, and high humidity levels all affect indoor air quality and airflow in any structure. In areas with hot summers, warm air trapped in the building makes inside temperatures unbearable if ventilation is in adequate. Cold locations— and very humid places near lakes or coastlines— may experience condensation problems if not properly ventilated.

USE: The use of the building affects the need for airflow in a metal building, too.

Buildings which will contain a large number of people, as in a manufacturing plant, can expect higher humidity. Structures housing livestock experience the same high levels of moisture in the air. In welding shops and metal shops, heat builds up. Fresh, circulating air helps to dissipate chemicals, solvents, or other contaminants used by the business. It creates healthier, more pleasant working conditions.

Condensation buildup … Read more »