Our Commitment to the Environment in a nutshell
- GREEN BUILDING DEFINITION
- Green building is a holistic concept that starts with the understanding that the built environment can have profound effects both positive and negative on the natural environment as well as the people who inhabit buildings every day. Green building is an effort to amplify the positive and mitigate the negative of those effects throughout the entire life cycle of a building.
- While there are many different definitions of green building out there it is generally accepted as the planning, design, construction and operations of buildings with several central foremost considerations, energy use, water use, indoor environmental quality, material section and the building’s effects on its site.
- Sustainability is all about optimal use of the resources on earth which includes avoiding over exploitation of resources, minimizing harm to the environment and the atmosphere and ensuring an acceptable quality of life every human being now and in the future.
- Steel has become an eminently sustainable material through the modernization of production processes which optimizes energy consumption and minimizes pollution as well as through the recycling of scrap.
- Light steel frame building offers designers and building owners the opportunity to minimize energy wastage during building operations as well as during the life of the building. The primary steel industry worldwide has in recent times vastly improved production processes to minimize energy consumption and pollution. Therefore a large percentage of all scrap is generated and is reused in electric arc furnaces to produce new steel resulting in significant energy savings and reduction of pollution.
- Light steel frame building is an engineered building method and the use of materials is optimized offering savings in energy used to produce the materials.
- The mass of a wall in a LSF building is less than 30% of that of a double skin plastered wall. It follows that significant energy savings are achieved merely in the transport of the materials to the building site. Furthermore wastage of materials on site is minimized again reducing energy wastage by obviating the need to remove truckloads of building rubble after completion of the building process.
- However the most significant energy saving is achieved over the life of the building. LSF buildings can be optimally insulated for each type of building in the different geographic regions in South Africa resulting in reduced energy wastage for heating and cooling.