Adaptability and Reuse

  • Steel is versatile, strong and long-lasting.
  • Steel framing systems can provide long spans and large column-free spaces that are adaptable and flexible.
  • Steel floor systems can allow entirely new service arrangements to be accommodated within the floor-ceiling depth.
  • Steel framing systems can be readily and economically adapted to cope with the changing requirements of occupants, avoiding functional obsolescence and the high cost and disruption of redevelopment or demolition.
  • Steel is a resilient material, with reserve strength and ductility that allow it to survive natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes and extreme events like fires, avoiding functional obsolescence and the high cost and disruption of redevelopment or demolition.
  • Steel framing systems can be disassembled and the members reused.
  • Steel is fully recyclable. Steel, when recycled, loses none of its inherent properties.
  • Wood and cement-based products are typically single-use materials. At the end of its useful life, the structure is typically demolished and the materials burned or landfilled.

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