Facts that prove how environmentally friendly steel is

There isn’t a household today that hasn’t at least once heard the term ‘going green’ or heard of ways in which they can change in order to preserve the environment. We, here at VIP Construction, are all about the environment and believe that steel is one of your most eco-friendly building materials. Here are a few facts to prove it.

More than 80 million tons of steel is recycled in North America alone each year.

Any steel item can be recycled repeatedly without losing its strength.

Recycling steel generates the equivalent energy to power 18 million households per year.

100% of a steel roof can be recycled and steel roofs can last more than 50 years.

Approximately 600 steel cans or tins are recycled per second.

About 99 pounds of steel found in the average major appliance can be recycled to create new products.

83 000 tons of steel was needed to construct the Golden Gate Bridge whereas today only half of that would be needed.

Steel-framed homes or structures won’t crack, rot, split or settle.

Steel is considered to be the main material used in producing renewable energy like hydro, solar, and wind power.

If we recycled a single steel can, we would save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for almost 4 years.

Did you know that for every ton of steel recycled, 2500 pounds or iron ore, 1400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved?

It takes more than 40 trees to build a simple wood-framed structure whereas it would take 8 recycled cars to construct a steel-framed home.

The US alone recycles enough steel to construct 25 Eiffel Towers and enough copper to build 71 Statues of Liberty every day.

Steel is fire resistant and can be 1 000 times as strong as iron.

People have been recycling steel for over 150 years.

On a sad note, most of the steel that has been recovered from the World Trade Centre after 9/11 was recycled.


Now you understand why we love steel as a construction material. Need a factory or warehouse built? Steel is your answer! Our Factories and Warehouses are tailored made to meet your needs.  We can design these steel structures in various sizes and heights and without using columns or compromising on the strength of the structure, therefore allowing equipment such as retrieval robotic handling systems and automatic storage to be installed into the factory or warehouse.

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