Benefits of Building with Steel vs. Wood

Steel is one of the most resilient building materials on earth, capable of just about anything!

Dependable and built to last, steel frame buildings offer long-life performance, stand up to extreme weather, and are a smart investment for any personal or commercial building project.

Steel Building Benefits

Long-Lasting Structural Performance

  • Won’t rot, mould, warp, split, crack, or creep.
  • Not vulnerable to termites/insect damage.
  • Will not expand or contract with moisture content.
  • Steel is produced in strict accordance with national standards (no regional variations).

Durable, Resilient Material

  • Steel is not combustible. In some areas, local fire and building codes require the use of steel vs. wood.
  • Sturdier than wood, steel is also better able to withstand natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes or tornados.
  • Steel is engineered to provide a reliable, consistent load path.
  • Manufactured under quality control & quality assurance procedures to ensure all project requirements are met.

Environmentally-Friendly, Sustainable

  • Results in less scrap and job site waste than lumber.
  • Steel is continually recycled (these steels will still be in use hundreds of years from now, lessening the environmental impact on future generations).
  • Steel, when recycled, loses none of its strength and can be recycled into products such as cars, bridges, and cans.
  • Can be used to comply with sustainable design standards requirements: International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ASHRAE Standard 189.1 (Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings), and the National Green Building Standard (ICC-700).
  • Can also provide credit points for green building rating systems like the USGBC’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the Green Building Initiative’s ANSI/ GBI-01 (Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings).

Reduces Costs, Increases Efficiency

  • Steel framing improves design efficiency, saves time, and reduces costs.
  • Provides a significantly greater strength-to-weight ratio than wood.
  • Allows for larger bays and wider frame spacing than wood construction.
  • Increased flexibility in bay spacing, framing layout maximizes usable floor space.
  • Fabricated off-site, steel reduces on-site labor, cycle time, and construction waste.
  • Shorter construction time results in earlier occupancies and lower financing costs.

Download the full PDF from Metal Builders Manufacturers Assoc.

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