Numerous eco-friendly building materials have emerged in the marketplace to reduce the environmental impact of building construction and operations. When searching for the best eco-friendly option, you may ask yourself these questions:
Using recycled materials causes less environmental impact than using new materials. For example, if you use a wood construction with new timber, you are essentially putting in an order for more trees to be cut down. The harvesting will use energy and remove green trees from the environment. If you use salvaged or reclaimed wood, the construction uses already-cut trees, yielding much less of an environmental impact.
The second way is to choose materials that will promote sustainable energy. Sustainable, green building naturally insulates homes from both heat and cold. It ultimately cuts down on energy consumption, leading to less use of natural resources like oil and gas. So, which is more eco-friendly--wood or steel?
Wood has been used for centuries as the primary framing structure for buildings in the U.S. Wood can be used for countless building purposes, including structural framing, flooring, siding, and cabinetry. Density varies by the type of wood and some stand up better over time. However, most wood is susceptible to insects and degradation, reinforcing the need to thoroughly inspect each piece.
Wood is typically a single-use material. A building’s wood frame is most often landfilled or incinerated at the end of its life. This returns any stored carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere as either carbon dioxide or methane, shifting greenhouse gas burdens to future generations.
Here are 6 facts about using wood as a primary construction material:
With a recycling rate of 90%, steel is the most recycled material in the world, and it is also one of the easiest materials to re-purpose. Once a steel building is constructed, it will not need to be replaced for a very long time because steel is wind resistant, fire resistant, and immune to the damaging effects of mold and insects. The combined durability and longevity of steel means that when you purchase a steel building for your property, you’re paying for a material that can do more for less and be recycled almost in its entirety for years.
Recycling saves 75 percent of the energy costs utilized in making the steel. Recycled steel is a long-lasting material that does not need frequent replacement. Steel also does not burn or warp easily, making it the perfect option for roofing, structural support, and building façades.
Here are 6 ways in which steel is eco-friendly.
Ultimately, steel is an impactful, “green” option when it comes to construction. Not only is steel resistant to the elements, it’s completely recyclable and long-lasting. How can you beat that!
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