Advanced Building Technologies

Benefits to Home Owners

Benefits to Home Owners
  • High strength results in safer structures, less maintenance and slower aging of structure.
  • Not vulnerable to any type of fungi or organism.
  • Less probability of foundation problems - less weight results in less movement.
  • Not vulnerable to termites.
  • Less probability of damage in an earthquake.

Benefits of Using Steel

Benefits of Using Steel
  • Highest strength-to-weight ratio.
  • Non-combustible- does not burn and will not contribute fuel to the spread of a fire.
  • Inorganic - will not rot, or warp.
  • Dimensionally stable - does not expand or contract with moisture content.
  • Consistent material quality - produced in strict accordance with national standards, no regional variations.

Benefits to Builders

Benefits to Builders
  • Lighter than other framing materials
  • Easy material selection - no need to cull or sort.
  • Straight walls.
  • Square corners.
  • Small punch list.
  • Less scrap and waste (2% for steel vs. 20% for lumber).
  • Price stability - steel prices have been flat since 1980 and are not volatile.

Benefits to the Environment

Green Building Benefits to the Environment
  • More steel recycled in North America each year than aluminum, plastic and glass combined - with the industry's overall recycling rate of 64%.
  • Every ton of steel recycled saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore.
  • Green Building - Through the basic oxygen furnace steel making process, steel framing uses a minimum of 25% recycled steel.