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The gold standard. Steel has become the de facto standard for construction material for business-related buildings in most of the developed world. It has more than a 75% market share in the commercial construction sector. It is not hard to understand why, consider some of the advantages:
Hands down. Other major building materials do not even come close to steel in economical, lifetime, and environmental advantages.
Construction efficiency figures show that Pre-engineered Steel Buildings (PEBs) can be erected 30%-50% faster than buildings constructed from any other materials—and at a fraction of the cost. Not only is steel the strongest, sturdiest, and most efficient of the available building materials, it is also a very safe investment. Because of their fire-resistant nature, PEBs are classified Type IIB by the International Building Code, indicating construction that does not require passive fire protection.1 And regarding insurance costs, the Metal Buildings Manufacturers Association (MBMA) insurance specialists note that maximum credits and savings are possible when one builds with steel and chooses a non-combustible masonry finish for the exterior. 2
Steel also has the best strength-to-weight ratio compared to other construction materials, and it boasts superb resistance against corrosion regardless of weather conditions and humidity. For that reason, many manufacturers will warrant their buildings for 25 to 40 years. And with today’s advanced technologies, attractive finishing options now available that are usually covered under warranty as well.
Also, the built-in expansion capabilities of PEBs make it possible to alter, renovate, and expand your building without causing a major interruption in business operations.
Going Green. In recent decades, the trend in commercial and industrial construction has been to follow the environmental-friendliness movement, creating structures that are highly efficient and have a minimal impact on the environment. Here again, Pre-engineered Steel Buildings lead the charge. For example, thanks to the precision engineering and modern technology that produces steel building components, insulation can attain superior R-ratings compared with similar insulation techniques used in buildings constructed from other materials. A technical bulletin from the Metal Construction Association reports that steel components “protect insulating material from air and moisture,” and for certain types of insulation, “metal skins are impervious to gas transmission and therefore prevent the escape of insulating gases” so that “high R-values are maintained over time.” 2
Besides the benefits of employing Green technology from a financial perspective, the environmental impact is also significant. Steel is the most recycled material on the planet. Almost all steel manufactured today contains a high amount of recycled material and the steel from which PEBs are constructed can be recycled again. From a purely “Green” point of view, there is really no downside.
1 Situations and building codes vary from place to place. Check with your local building authority to determine what is required in your locality.
2 This technical bulletin and others can be found at MetalConstruction.org