Monday, September 30, 2013
It turns out that not a lot of people know the full extent and benefits of steel construction. Most questions are easily answerable—and here are seven of them that you might want to know about.
1. Steel is naturally energy-efficient.
The steel framing can be designed in such a way that it will meet government efficiency standards—possibly granting you tax exemptions along the way. The steel framing also has the natural capacity to prevent cracks caused by warping or shrinkage. This means that there will be no air leaks that often cause loss of energy and additional electricity expenses.
2. Steel doesn’t rust.
If you are worried that steel will rust over time, you shouldn’t worry, as modern steel construction uses galvanized steel frame components, which will protect buildings from rusting.
3. Steel buildings can resist earthquakes and hurricanes.
Another concern most building owners have with steel is its capacity to withstand natural calamities. Because of the ductility and high strength of steel, it makes for the best material to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes.
4. Steel will not affect the indoor quality of your building.
Having a steel building will not compromise the indoor air quality, as they don’t require constant treatment for termites. Steel buildings also don’t require resin adhesives and chemicals that are usually found in most construction materials that affect indoor air quality.
5. With a steel building, remodeling is easy.
There’s little limitation when remodeling a steel building. Interior partitions are easy to install in a steel building, making it easy for the building owners to make alterations without completely altering the structure.
6. You don’t have to pay a higher insurance premium with a steel building.
If anything, the premium will be much more affordable, considering that steel is generally resistant against earthquakes, is non-combustible, and protected against termites.
7. You will get a fairly high resale value for your building.
Perhaps one of the most important considerations is the resale value of your home—which is a problem you thankfully don’t have to worry about with a steel structure. Any smart buyer would know the merits of steel, so you won’t have to worry about potential buyers.
Friday, September 27, 2013
With emerging economies driven by a stronger demand for steel, Norsteel believes it’s necessary to be at the forefront of the debate of the need to redefine the role of steel construction in today’s ever changing economic and environmental landscape.
China’s demand for steel has exponentially grown, as it currently stands as the consumer of 45% of the world steel consumption. Majority of this comes from steel construction, which further highlights the important role that the construction industry plays in tackling economic and environmental issues.
In a country, the higher the rate of urbanization, the higher the use of steel is. There is also a differentiation within the country itself, as an urban household is around 10 to 15 times likelier to use steel than a rural household.
Emerging economies like China and countries that have established itself earlier on must finally confront an important issue in steel construction; the production of renewable and non-carbon energy, and a sustainable model. This is why there’s a need to offer energy-efficient steel solutions—such as the ones we in Norsteel have.
More than being a mere option, special steel has become not just an option, but an absolute necessity. High-strength quality steel structures require less material to make and are easily transportable, aside from the fact that they’re elegantly made and looks modern.
By using special steels that are easy to transport, operating costs are reduced, as well as CO2 emissions. It must be remembered, too, that steel is a fully recyclable material. With the use of special steels, you as a building owner are saying yes not only to having a building made of the best quality, but also to environmentally friendly practices in steel construction. Because contrary to what most building owners have been made to believe, it is possible to have a steel building at a low cost with the best quality.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
We’ve already taled about the most common myths about green buildings, but apparently, the misinformation doesn’t quite stop there. In fact, there are even more misconceptions about green buildings than ever.
1. Green buildings are only about saving energy.
While energy conservation is one of the most essential elements of a green building, it’s not the only thing that matters in green construction. Another important factor is the health of the people inside the home, and the sustainability of the practices that went into the construction process.
2. Windows are all you need to change to save energy.
There’s a myth going around that something as simple as replacing the windows will cut your electricity costs in half. This may be true if your windows are jalhousie windows; otherwise, it’s about the most expensive yet pointless thing that you can do. The payback, as per Green Building Advisor, can take as long as 100 years; the National Trust for Historic Preservation is a bit more unkind and said that the return on investment will take as long as 400 years.
3. Geothermal systems will reduce carbon emissions.
An advancement in heating and cooling technology, geothermal systems move heat around instead of making it. If you think won’t consume too much energy, think again: in order to have a million BTUs of heat as natural gas is burned at 92% efficiency, as much as 130 pounds of CO2 is produced.
4. Photovoltaic solar panels are the best in producing solar energy.
Is that what the salesmen are telling you? On the contrary, what’s a better investment to harness solar energy is solar hot water heater. In fact, studies show that a photovoltaic system is ten times more costly than a solar hot water system.
5. A green home is complicated to build.
This couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, all you have to do is drop by the Norsteel office or send us an email, and we’ll walk you through the process of putting up your next green home.