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Indoor Air Quality and Productivity

Healthy Workers Are Productive Workers The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes as many as 30% of new or renovated structures have serious building indoor air quality issues. That is an alarming statistic, since Americans spend 90% of their lives indoors. Indoor air quality can actually be many times worse than outdoor air on a smoggy day. Literally thousands of pollutants found in poor building air quality are known to impact health. Indoor pollution may negatively affect vision, hearing, growth, intelligence,… Read More

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How Indoor Air Quality Affects Your Health

Reducing Pollutants in Homes and Businesses Improves Well-being Green building products should impact the environment around us— and indoor air quality— as little as possible. The goal must be to reduce pollutants outdoors and indoors. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers indoor air quality (IAQ) even more critical to overall health than pollution in the atmosphere. An EPA study found harmful indoor pollutants could be up to 100 times greater than those outdoors. Why Indoor Air Quality Matters Americans spend… Read More

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How to Construct Energy-Efficient Buildings- Part 2

Energy-Saving Choices for Pre-engineered Steel Buildings In part one of this series, we discovered energy-efficient buildings must start with a tight building envelope. To further reduce energy consumption— and reduce energy costs—choose energy-saving building products that diminish air infiltration. Sealing the Envelope with Energy-Saving Products A square, tightly formed building envelope begins with the frame, like a rigid-frame pre-engineered steel building. However, high-performance energy-efficient buildings also require sufficient insulation, insulated windows and doors, proper ventilation, and eco-friendly exteriors to help… Read More

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How to Construct Energy-Efficient Buildings- Part 1

Tight, Energy-Conserving Building Envelopes Start with Steel In existing buildings, employing energy reducing strategies save resources— but it is even better to construct energy-efficient buildings in the first place. Pre-engineered steel buildings create tight, rigid, leak-resistant building envelopes. The Envelope, Please… The building “envelope” is the part of the structure separating indoors from outdoors. The envelope includes the roof, outside walls, and foundation. The goal is to build a close-fitting envelope, free of air leaks and drafts. It should reduce… Read More

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50 Ways to Cut Energy Costs in Buildings

Simple Strategies to Reduce Energy Consumption and Operating Costs We all need to cut energy costs. Reducing energy consumption saves us money— and it is the right thing to do for our country and the world. Slashing energy consumption in buildings is a great way to start conservation efforts. Buildings are a huge energy drain. Buildings suck up 40% of all energy used in America— and account for over 73% of all electricity consumed in the U.S. Does that shock… Read More

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What Makes Steel a Green Building Material?

The Environmentally Friendly Characteristics of Today’s Steel In earlier blogs, we covered what green building is, why green building is important, and how green building saves money. But what characteristics make steel an environmentally friendly building product? Reduce, Reuse, Recycle The battle cry of the environmentalists is “reduce, reuse, recycle.” This credo should apply to all aspects of modern living, including new eco-friendly building construction. REDUCE:  Pre-engineered steel buildings drastically reduce the amount of material required to frame a strong,… Read More

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Build Green, Save Green

10 Ways Green Building with Steel Saves Money Many people fear choosing green building will cost too much. Not so. Many green building materials do marginally increase the initial cost of the building. However, some building systems cost no more than conventional construction. Many eco-friendly choices pay for themselves several times over the lifetime of the structure. Take prefabricated steel buildings, for example. The Advantages of Recycled Steel Building with steel is building green. More steel is recycled than any… Read More

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Why Is Green Building So Important?

Green Building Choices Stretch Our Natural Resources Our last post covered the meaning of environmentally- friendly “green building.” Now let’s look at the reasons building green is so important. Leaving a Legacy The goal of all eco-conscious strategies is simple: find ways to meet our present needs without sacrificing future needs. Our resources are finite. Forests are dwindling. Urban sprawl gobbles up more undeveloped land acre by acre. Non-renewable fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal diminish by the day.… Read More

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What Is a Green Building?

Defining Green Building Objectives We hear the term “green building” a lot today. What does the term really mean? At its simplest form, green building is construction which casues the least impact on the environment. Green building considers all environmental aspects of a project. This includes site location, building design and operation, and the eventual deconstruction of the structure. Green building integrates all— or some— of these strategies to reduce the “carbon footprint” of a structure: Disturbing the natural setting of… Read More

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Environmentally Efficient Steel Buildings

Building Green with Pre-engineered Metal Buildings Eco-friendly pre-engineered steel buildings meet all the criteria for a green, environmentally conscious building material. Steel production’s efficiency— and the efficient processes of designing, engineering, and manufacturing the structure— eliminates waste. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Living green requires using resources wisely. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mantra “reduce, reuse, and recycle,” admonishes us to stretch natural resources. Choosing green building materials like steel framing stretches resources. The strength of steel reduces the amount of… Read More

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