Cold-formed steel framing provides the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any building material. It does not contribute to the spread of a fire; will not rot, warp, split, crack or creep; does not expand or contract with moisture; and is produced in strict accordance with national standards, with no regional variations. Steel framing is not vulnerable to termites, mold or fire. Builders can realize substantial discounts on builders risk insurance with this material. Steel is lighter than other framing materials and saves job-site time with ease of panelization off-site. It provides straight walls and square corners, results in less scrap and waste than lumber, and is 100% recyclable.
Steel frames won’t rust or burn and aren't susceptible to pest damage, making them highly desirable in extreme environmental conditions. Steel also doesn’t need to be treated with pesticides, preservatives or glues making it safer for handling, living and working around.
Steel offers architectural and design flexibility due to its inherent strength. This allows large span distances and curves to be easily incorporated into designs.
Steel delivers a number of unique environmental benefits such as product longevity, recyclability, easy transportation and less raw material waste.
Steel framed buildings can be produced very quickly and constructed using modular, prefabricated, build-on-site or transportable methods enabling construction flexibility for lower overheads, quicker manufacturing and improved profitability.
With SteelHawk's accurate steel frame components, construction is quick and simple allowing low-cost, low-skilled labour to be used with high quality results.
Also known as green construction or sustainable building, green building refers to a process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This requires the close cooperation of the design team, the architects, the engineers, and the client at all project stages.
The Green Building practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce their overall impact on human health and the natural environment by:
The concept of sustainable development can be traced to the energy (especially fossil oil) crisis and the environment pollution concerns of the 1970s. The green building movement in the U.S. originated from the need and desire for more energy efficient and environmentally friendly construction practices. There are a number of reasons for building green, including environmental, economic, and social benefits. However, modern sustainability initiatives call for an integrated and synergistic design for both new construction in the retrofitting of existing structures. Also known as sustainable design, this approach integrates the building life-cycle with a design-purpose to create a synergy among the green practices used.
Green building brings together a vast array of practices, techniques, and skills to reduce and ultimately eliminate the impact of buildings on the environment and human health. It emphasizes taking advantage of renewable resources, e.g., using sunlight through passive solar, active solar, and photovoltaic equipment, using plants and trees through green roofs, rain gardens, and reduction of rainwater run-off, and other techniques such as using low-impact building materials and using packed gravel or permeable concrete instead of conventional concrete or asphalt to enhance replenishment of ground water.
While the practices or technologies employed in green building are constantly evolving and may differ from region to region, fundamental principles persist from which the method is derived:Siting and Structure Design Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Materials Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality Enhancement, Operations and Maintenance Optimization, Waste and Toxines Reduction. The essence of green building is an optimization of one or more of these principles. Also, with the proper synergistic design, individual green building technologies work together to produce a greater cumulative effect.