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Green Building: How Sustainable Practices and Metal Panels Shape Our Future

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According to latest news, green building is the practice of using construction processes and structures that are resource-efficient and environmentally responsible throughout the building’s life cycle. Green, sustainable building has become a priority for many homeowners, contractors, and architects over the years. Its biggest goal is to reduce the impact on the environment in relation to building. Green building is focused on using sustainable, environmentally responsible, and resource-efficient practices throughout all the different stages of building. From residential homes to corporate facilities, we’re exploring this concept and why it’s important.

Understanding Green Building

Green building is the practice of creating buildings and structures with processes that increase the efficiency with which they’re built. It’s been generally accepted that green building consists of the planning, designing, construction, and operations of buildings/structures, regardless of the market, and takes the following elements into consideration: water use, energy use, material selection, indoor environment quality, and the building’s effects on the jobsite.

Green building focuses on one main goal: increasing the positive effects while decreasing the negative effects to the environment through the entire building lifecycle process. It also focuses on reducing waste and pollution, protecting occupant health, and improving employee productivity.

The Importance of Green Building

The importance of green building practices can’t be overstated. Growing and developing land into communities has a big impact on our environment. It’s our responsibility to ensure the design, manufacturing, construction, and operations of building is done in a sustainable way. These buildings that we live and work in are responsible for consuming many of our natural resources.

For example, in the United States, buildings account for 68% of total electricity consumption, 39% of total energy use, and 38% of carbon dioxide emissions. Using the practice of green building can help improve air and water quality, enhance and protect ecosystems, and conserve and restore natural resources. There are so many more environmental benefits to using green building concepts, but please focus on material selection and why metal is the ultimate choice for sustainable architecture.

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Choosing Green Materials: Why Metal Panels Lead the Way?

Metal panels for roofing, siding, fencing, and accents are the ultimate green, sustainable material choice for buildings and structures. Metal has many characteristics, making it an exceptional green construction material. Here’s what makes Bridger Steel’s metal panels the right and easy choice for green building.

Earn LEED Credits

LEED building provides a framework for green buildings and is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement. To become LEED certified, a project earns a variety of different points by adhering to strict prerequisites. There are four credits to earn points towards: Materials & Resources credit, Sustainable Sites credit, Innovation credit, and on occasion, the Regional Priority credit. Here’s a quick overview of how these credits work:

Materials & Resources: This is the most common credit. It relates to using steel coil for metal roofing and wall panels with at least 25% recycled content to qualify for the bare minimum of this credit. You could potentially earn additional credit for exceeding the minimum recycled content requirements specifying a higher recycled content steel coil, up to 50%, but averaging around 35% depending on material availability.

Sustainable Site: This credit considers Cool Roofing to reduce the heat island effect. Cool Roofing materials reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat, helping to lower temperatures and reduce energy consumption for cooling.

Innovation: This credit opens metal panels up to a lot of options – from water collection to solar panel mounting to even setting vegetation trays over the panel ribs, the options are endless. This credit is great for architects looking to get creative.

Regional Priority: It’s always good to check with your product specialist to make sure. This credit is based on the specific environmental priorities of the project’s region, encouraging teams to focus on impactful strategies for their location.

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100% Recyclable

This means that any waste that comes from installation or demolition can be recycled on the job site. This quality contributes to both material selection and architecture effects on the job site in terms of green building. Think about it like this: A 2,000 square foot house requires about 40-50 trees on average to build. That’s one acre of woodland. Using steel panels would be the equivalent of using approximately six scrapped vehicles.

Energy Efficiency

Metal panels are also a very energy efficient choice for homeowners. On average, you can save up to 25% on your annual heating and cooling costs by installing metal roofing, metal siding, or both. This is because metal panels are highly reflective, so they don’t absorb the sun’s UV rays in ways that shingles, wood, and other materials do. A win for you and a win for the environment.

Solar & Rainwater Approved

Metal roofing panels are approved for solar panel installation and rainwater harvesting. Metal panels have an incredible strength-to-weight ratio, so they can easily support a solar panel system and the mounting that’s required with them. Metal roofs are sturdy and long-lasting, so the panels will support solar panels for the 40-70 years (and sometimes even longer) they are expected to last.

Metal roofing panels are also ideal for rainwater harvesting, which is the process of collecting the rain that runs off a roof and storing it for later use. Steel panels create an anti-microbial surface because of the paint systems used. Any panel coated with zinc, is highly recommended for rainwater collection because they will be sealed and will prevent rusting and lower the iron in your water. Green building is a crucial component of the construction industry today. It plays a huge part in many different residential and commercial markets and metal panels can help you make a greener choice.

Conclusion

Green building is a crucial component of the construction industry today. It plays a huge part in many different residential and commercial markets. With their durability, recyclability, and energy efficiency, metal panels are an excellent choice for anyone looking to make their building projects more sustainable. Embracing green building practices not only benefits the environment but also enhances the quality of life for occupants and contributes to a more sustainable future.

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