Steel Factories : An Eco-Friendly Choice
Steel Commands 95% of the Industrial Building Market
Energy efficient steel factories are part of the Green Building movement. Enjoy tax rebates and reduced costs at the time of purchase, during construction and over time.
Steel buildings can easily be modified for extension or change of use. Plus, pre-engineered steel framing methods reduce surface area conductivity, with load-supporting studs and roof trusses considerably reducing thermal conductivity. For long-span roofs, steel’s strength-to-weight ratio, high tensile and compressive strength enable relatively light construction.
Detailed below are some of the most important features and benefits associated with modern metal buildings:
There are many good reasons why steel leads the market when it comes to materials used in construction of factory buildings and most other commercial and industrial buildings.* And of the various types of steel buildings available, the Pre-engineered Steel Building (PEB) leads that pack. Of all those reasons, these three may be the most significant for the factory owner:
Let’s expand on those thoughts a bit. Pre-engineered Steel buildings are extremely durable. They are easily able to withstand heat, rain, snow, ice, and hail. And steel’s high strength-to-weight ratio combined with heavy-duty component joints and secure anchoring systems enables PEBs to withstand even the strongest winds. In addition, they are naturally resistant to mold, mildew, rot, and pest infestation. And unlike their wood counterparts, they will not warp, split or crack. Steel building components almost never have to be patched, repaired, or repainted, virtually eliminating maintenance time and costs.
Another important factor in a manufacturing facility is openness. It can be frustrating trying to arrange offices, equipment, and product storage around existing columns. With a PEB, this challenge does not exist. By using an engineering system called clear-span, the entire interior of the factory can be built obstruction-free. By using clear-span engineering, spanning capabilities of up to 300 feet can be achieved, making interior design and layout simple. And where columns are necessary, they can be placed where you want them and easily moved when a redesign becomes necessary.
When you outgrow your existing facility, expansion is extremely simple with a PEB. During the original designing stage, the building can be engineered with future growth in mind. Special components are used in key places so that almost no retrofitting is necessary when it’s time to expand. And since 70% of construction takes place on the ground, your business will experience little or no downtime while erection is taking place.
There is more than one kind of steel building. That is why the Pre-engineered Steel Building has its own acronym—PEB—to set it apart from other inferior types. To answer the question, Why purchase a Pre-engineered Steel Building?, an article in the Appraisal Journal says this: “One shortcoming [in non-pre-engineered steel framing] is thermoconductivity [With conventional construction,] steel provides a tremendous thermal bridge which, if unchecked, leads to energy losses….[On the other hand,] the pre-engineered steel framing method, which minimizes the number of bridge members by spacing steel studs farther apart, reduces the surface area subject to conductivity.” 1 The PEB, when properly insulated, can achieve some of the best R-ratings and energy efficiency achievable.
The Green movement is still going strong, and any responsible factory owner would choose to construct a Green Building for the sake of the environment in addition to the clear economic advantages doing so will bring him. As an incentive to do so, businesses often receive credits or other rewards for making efforts to make their building’s energy efficient. For example, the Canadian Construction Council lists several important sources of Canadian Federal Government Green Building Incentives. The Canadian Industrial Program for Energy Conservation has assisted construction companies in obtaining “subsidized energy audits.” They are helped to streamline their processes in such a way as to improve their chances—and those of their customers—of being able to exploit incentives offered by various sources. These include, among others, the Office of Energy Efficiency at National Resources Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Funds (GMF) Program. In addition, customers around the world have cashed in on the energy efficiency of properly insulated Pre-engineered Steel Buildings and the fact that they can earn builders LEED credits in 5 out of 6 sustainability categories.
* In some markets, this lead is estimated at over 95%.
1 From the article, New Light Construction Technologies, by Terrence L. Love, MAI, PhD, Appraisal Journal, Vol. 65, No. 1, 1997