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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…

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…

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?…

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…

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…

Building a Green Garage with a Metal Building

10 Ways Steel Garages Save Money, Time, and the Environment Ready to get started? Get a Quote 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…

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…

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…