To celebrate World Sustainable Construction Day, we share nine eco-efficient reasons for choosing dry construction and steel frame building techniques.
1. Steel is sustainable by definition: it is 100% and infinitely recyclable, and has a lower carbon footprint than concrete.
2. Energy efficiency: dry construction systems incorporate steel profiles as part of their structure, including thermal insulators producing savings of up to 70% of energy in air conditioning.
3. Water consumption reduction: dry construction and steel frames do not consume water during the construction process, thus preserving this valuable resource.
4. Carbon footprint reduction: dry systems reduce the average carbon footprint of a construction project by 47% compared to wet construction, just at the production stage.
5. Less waste and clean work: profiles can be delivered pre-cut to required lengths, reducing waste to as little as 1%.
6. Long useful life: the quality of the dry construction system is based on materials that comply with IRAM, ISO 9001, 14000, and CAT certifications. Steel construction can last more than 100 years.
7. Reuse and recyclability: steel profiles can be reused at the end of the construction’s useful life or rejoin the steel production circuit as input. Steel is the most recycled building material in the world.
8. Energy labeling for homes: compared with the IRAM Argentine standard certification institute’s standard 11900, dry construction means that heat loss through exterior walls can be reduced thus obtaining better labeling levels.
9. Lighter: As the whole structure is lighter, the effect of building on the land is less, and there are other related advantages, such as lower emissions during transport.