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Save the Planet With Steel Building Systems

If someone asked you to name a common form of construction that also has a high recycled content, would you select steel building systems? If you did, give yourself a gold star because you are correct. Steel is North America’s number one recycled material by far. More than 70,000,000 tons of steel will be recycled in 2013 alone. By comparison, we will recycle 48,000,000 tons of paper in North America in 2013. Let’s take a brief look at where our steel comes from.

There are two basic ways that steel is made. The first, and more traditional method of steel production, is the basic oxygen furnace (BOF). The BOF melts pig-iron, scraps of iron and steel to make new steel. Companies that use BOF are referred to as integrated steel mills. Scrap steel is not a major material input for integrated steel mills. The only integrated steel mill still headquartered in North America is U.S.Steel Corporation.
The second, and more contemporary method of steel production is made by mini-mills that use electric arc furnaces (EAF).  An EAF melts scrap iron and steel into new steel. The largest, and first, mini-mill producer headquartered in the North America is Nucor Corporation. Mini-mills are the major producer in North America. Nucor Corporation alone used more than 19 million tons of scrap steel in 2012 to make new steel.

steel building systems by Tylerbuilding.comNow back to steel building systems: There are several major components in a Tyler Building Systems steel building system that are made of recycled steel. The primary frame of a steel building system comprises the majority of the recycled steel in the building.

The flange portion of the primary frame is almost 100% recycled steel. The web portion of the primary frame is approximately 75% recycled steel. The secondary structural components (i.e., purlins and girts) have between 30% – 50% recycled steel content. And finally, the roof and wall panels have approximately 25% recycled steel content.

Why should the recycled content in a Tyler Building Systems steel building matter to the consumer? The first reason is that as fellow citizens of North America we all benefit when we can utilize a product that is both environmentally friendly and cost effective. “When one ton of steel is recycled, 2500 pounds of iron ore, 1400 pounds of coal and 120 pounds of limestone are conserved.”

The second reason is that a Tyler Building Systems building can assist you in obtaining LEED certification. In the construction industry, increased interest in recycling has been driven by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The LEED Green Building Rating System aims to improve occupant satisfaction, environmental performance, and economic returns of buildings using established and innovative practices, standards, and technologies.

So now you can buy your steel building system from Tyler Building Systems and tell your friends that you are doing your part to save the planet!

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