Steel buildings offer energy efficiency and affordability

24 November 2014

Pre-engineered steel buildings are an affordable option for a variety of construction needs and industries, including agriculture, recreation, forestry, air travel, commercial and retail. Many factors contribute to the affordability of pre-engineered steel buildings, but in the last few years, the sustainability and energy efficiency of pre-engineered steel has been getting more attention.

The entire process of producing a steel building, from production of raw materials to final construction, has evolved over the years into one of the most energy efficient options available. Steel is a unique building material in that it can be recycled. Recycled materials cut down on environmental impacts as well as material cost. Steel can also be locally produced, which cuts down on both shipping cost and energy usage. When it comes to erecting a pre-engineered steel building, timelines for construction are a fraction of what it takes for buildings made of other materials, thanks to streamlined designs and processes. Because of these factors and more, pre-engineered steel buildings are often eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) design credits that can mean further savings for steel building customers.

Once a pre-engineered steel building is erected, the energy savings don’t stop there. Steel buildings can provide increased heating and cooling efficiency. When proper insulation is used, steel buildings can accomplish higher R-values than buildings constructed with different materials. Because steel is impervious to the elements, it can provide better protection from heat loss as well as providing efficient cooling. Due to the versatility of the material, pre-engineered buildings can also be made to suit any insulation needs, making it possible to exceed building code requirements for thermal value and green building.

Finally, steel holds up against corrosion and can sustain even the harshest weather conditions, which means most steel buildings require very little maintenance and repair, even after 20 or 30 years.

MPETI Construction Management Ltd. is a Vancouver-based company specializing in steel buildings. MPETI provides a range of steel building services including design, construction and renovation for both small-scale and large-scale projects. MPETI serves customers in British Columbia, as well as customers throughout Canada and the United States.

Interested in the benefits of  an energy efficient steel building? Request a quote for your next building project.