Model a Sustainable Steel Structure Design All Throughout Your Project Life Cycle
Steel is at the top of the list in the sustainable materials, what with its 100% recyclability from start to the end of its life cycle assessment (LCA). Know that when you choose steel as your main building material, you'll recoup maximum paybacks on your investments through sustainable advantages from cradle to grave.
In a layperson's perspective, the higher purchasing price of steel compared to its counterparts might undermine its superior performance as they regress back to low-cost, but fair-value materials for cost-saving measures. But for our expert set of eyes, we beg to differ. In fact, New York Engineers believe that the far-reaching benefits of steel will outweigh your expensive upfront costs, since these returns can come in the form of economic, social and environmental advantages down the line—summing it all up for the three pillars of sustainability.
Our environment-conscious civil engineers advocate the use of steel structure design for your building project, where we amplify our sustainable efforts by utilizing energy modelling for each applicable stage, starting from:
- Raw material acquisition
- Metal processing and steel fabrication
- Site logistics, transport and delivery of steel components
- Steel bar reinforcement on concrete
- Assembly, erection, hoisting and installation of prefabricated steel items
- Estimated 50-year use phase
- Demolition and collection
- Steel separation, reuse and recycling
Opening the cyclical loop of steel production starts with raw materials, where we utilize 3D modelling for energy analysis on the streamlined steel design to fabrication workflow. Steel by-products that do not make it past this stage can be transformed to ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS), where you can utilize this as a sustainable replacement for cement in a concrete mixture.
Fast forward to site logistics, where your steel structure design can either go two-way: reinforced concrete or prefabrication. The impact of carbon footprint is dependent on these two options, since the latter offer more cost-effective options in its off-site fabrication and quick in-situ installation, while the former can be labor-intensive due to rebar placement on concrete—owing to higher construction costs. Steel crap will accumulate over time as it undergoes the 50-year use phase, and any remaining waste from the demolition can be reused and recycled back into the loop—closing the previous loop and starting another yet again in its unending sustainable cycle.
When you know the intrinsic characteristics of steel, you can weave through the intricate ins-and-outs on its cradle-to-grave lifecycle—and New York Engineers is excellent at finding opportunities where others see problems. All these and more are factored into the steel structure design, where you can best use our sustainable expertise for your advantage.