ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS FROM STEEL
It has long been claimed that wood is a more ‘sustainable’ building material than steel, but closer study reveals that there is a distinct difference between sustainable and renewable.
Huge strides have been taken over the last two decades to reduce the environmental impact of steel production, with the result being a significant decline in the amount of energy required to produce high quality steel, with the Australian Steel Institute citing that the production of one tonne of steel requires just 40% of the energy it did in 1960 – a dramatic reduction in energy emissions for steel production by any measure.
Furthermore, steel remains one of the most suitable building materials able to be recycled, with some studies showing that more than 98% of steel in construction can be reused. Already, significant amounts of steel used in construction projects is recycled steel, as its metallurgical properties mean it can be recycled continually with no degradation in performance.
BLUESCOPE STEEL AND SUPALOC® – SWORN TO SUSTAINABLE STEEL
Supaloc® steel frames harness BlueScope steel, which has developed an extensive, company-wide vision of sustainability built around five sustainability outcomes and circular steel economy – developing products that are made efficiently, kept in use as long as possible, and reclaimed for recycling at end-of-life.
Through ever-improving manufacturing technologies, Supaloc® and its partnership with BlueScope means we’re able to produce the most eco-friendly, low energy impact, sustainable steel frames in the market, giving customers the option for strong, durable homes that are built to last, without compromising on our commitments to sustainable building practices and the preservation of the natural environment.