Metallic is dedicated to environmentally-friendly construction products and practices. Our goal is to work hand in hand with our customers who are striving to be environmentally-friendly or are seeking the long-term cost savings associated with energy-efficient solutions. You can count on the Metallic team to help guide the construction of projects designed to achieve green building certification and help you to create a sustainable metal building.
The Advantages of a Metal Building for your Green Project
When it comes to sustainability and energy efficiency there’s no gray area. Codes are firm and standards are straightforward; this also often applies to the budget – it is set and it is firm and affordable green solutions become the goal. As you start looking for construction material you will find that steel is hands down the best product for your green project. Metal buildings require less material than traditional buildings — leading to a more cost effective solution. Learn more about the sustainability benefits of steel buildings below.
Steel is Sustainable
Steel is a sustainable solution from raw material extraction through manufacturing and shipping. It is composed of a large percentage of recycled materials and is completely recyclable at the end of its life, reducing the amount of waste that enters the landfills. It features a high strength-to-weight ratio, reducing the amount of materials used in construction.
Steel delivers long-lasting durability, meaning that less materials will have to be replaced over the life of your metal building. The pre-engineered design of metal buildings helps reduce material waste and shorten construction time, minimizing negative impacts at the construction site.
Green Design Options
There are several design options for your sustainable steel building that can improve its overall energy efficiency.
- Cool Metal Roofing: Choose from a selection of cool metal roofing colors designed to reflect solar radiation instead of absorbing heat into the building, helping to reduce heating and cooling costs. It can also help reduce the urban heat island effect, cooling surrounding areas.
- Solar Panels: Easily install solar panels on your metal roof to reduce environmental impacts.
- High-Performance Insulation: Pre-engineered steel buildings can accommodate high-performance insulation designed to improve the energy efficiency of your building. Choose from various types of insulation to fit your application, from insulated metal panels to spray foam.
Daylighting: Metal buildings offer flexibility in design that allows for easy placement of windows and LTP panels, maximizing natural lighting and reducing the need for electrical lighting throughout the day.
The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Buildings council to certify sustainable buildings. Our pre engineered steel buildings can contribute to earning the following credits.
Sustainable Sites (SS)
The pre engineered design of steel buildings allows for minimal disruptions to the work site. Since the components are custom-engineered at the manufacturing facility and arrive onsite ready to install, there is less work to be done at the construction site. This allows for a smaller work area and a shortened construction time. The installation of cool metal roofing can also positively impact your building site by reducing the urban heat island effect.
Energy & Atmosphere (EA)
Metal buildings can be designed with an energy efficient building envelope. Some factors that contribute to the energy efficient performance of the building envelope include effective insulation, reduced air leakage, and high-performance accessories. Consult with designed and installers to create the most efficient building envelope. The Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) also published the Energy Design Guide for Metal Building Systems for reference which is available here.
Materials & Resources (MR)
LEED buildings are required to reduce waste by recycling, reusing or recovering building materials. The pre engineered design of steel buildings helps to reduce waste, and any waste that is produced can be recycled. Since steel is composed of recycled materials and can be recycled at the end of its life, it has a favorable Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) result. The LCA is used to define the environmental impact of building materials from their extraction to the end of their life.
Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)
LEED recognizes that the interior of your building can have a significant impact on the people that enter it. There are several ways that metal buildings help protect the health and well-being of people. First, most of the components are painted in the shop so toxic chemicals aren’t released within the building interior. Second, the flexibility in design that metal buildings offer allows for the installation of windows to allow for natural light and exterior views.
Contact us today to start your green project — whether your goal is to achieve LEED Certification or create a structure that is environmentally friendly and sustainable, we are here for you. We have experienced professionals, the product and the right price.
To find more information about energy codes — including LEED certification — for metal buildings, visit our Energy Code Resources page.