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Pre-engineered steel buildings are today’s top choice for commercial construction projects. Steel buildings cost less to purchase, erect, own and maintain.
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“The study showed that steel-based systems offer the cheapest and quickest forms of construction for commercial buildings,” states a Tata/Corus Construction paper entitled Supporting the Commercial Decision, referring to a comparison study of various commercial building materials. Steel has become the de facto standard for commercial and industrial building for a number of reasons. And although there are various types of steel building methods, the Pre-engineered Steel Building, or PEB, has been shown to be head-and-shoulders above the rest. When it comes to erecting retail stores, either strip-mall or stand-alone, two of these reasons come into focus.
A third outstanding reason for constructing a PEB that is worthy of note is energy efficiency. From humble beginnings several years ago, the Green Movement has been picking up steam for quite some time. Buzzwords such as “sustainability” and “environmentally responsible” have become part of the modern-day vernacular. In 2002 the Canada Green Building Council and LEED® Canada established a rating system that recognized the mark of international excellence for green building in over 160 countries. In turn, tax and other credits have been awarded to building projects that qualified under these guidelines.
Constructing buildings using sustainable materials and methods is essential for commercial builders who want to stay competitive. We are living in an era in which it simply is too costly not to adopt energy efficient practices. Consider the following quote from a commercial buildings management journal: “According to a study conducted in 2008, Energy Star® and LEED® buildings produce higher rental rates, occupancy rates, and sales prices in comparison to ones that are not Energy Star® and LEED® certified.* Energy Star® building rental rates are $2.40 per square foot higher than those without the Energy Star® designation, and they also have a 3.6% higher occupancy rate. And if that is not enough to convince you of the importance of those certifications, then consider that they (re)sell for an average of $61 more per square foot.” 1
Steel buildings are at the forefront of the Green Building movement, and the research is still ongoing. In fact, the coalition of steel building systems and sustainable building practices has led to the formation of a research-oriented organization in Canada called the Carbon Neutral Steel Building Systems (CN-SBS) Research Project which is made up of numerous prominent organizations within the industry. According to their website, “The objective of the CN-SBS research project is to show how steel can be used in the context of a carbon neutral building project. More specifically, this research will show how a rigid-framed, steel building system can be used to help create a carbon neutral retail building.”2
In addition to being environmentally responsible, a pre-engineered steel retail store can prove very advantageous in producing savings on HVAC and heating/cooling systems for building interiors, government tax incentives, and other rewards programs. One reason is that Pre-engineered Steel Buildings can achieve the highest insulation values—much better even than other steel-framed constructions. This results in a store that is not only more comfortable for the shopper but more comfortable—fiscally speaking—for the owner as well.
* LEED® stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design®
1 From the article, “Making Your Commercial Facility Part of the Green Movement,” by Frankie McDonald, Vice President of the International Facilities and Energy Management Provider, GSH Group, Facilities Management Journal, 2008
2 For more information on the carbon neutral retail building and how it reduces impact on the environment, please see the CN-SBS website at https://cn-sbs.cssbi.ca.