President Barack Obama put out the word to American businesses to be more energy efficient and the American steel industry has stepped forward with a laundry list of ways that steel can save money, last longer and be greener than people might think.
President Barack Obama put out the word to American businesses
to be more energy efficient and the American steel industry has stepped forward
with a laundry list of ways that steel can save money, last longer and be
greener than people might think.
The president called on businesses to make their commercial
buildings more energy-efficient in an address at Penn State.
“[Obama] has laid out an aggressive plan for retrofitting
commercial buildings with energy-efficient upgrades,” Lawrence W. Kavanagh,
president of the Steel Market Development Institute said. “We can help
businesses meet this challenge with steel technologies and products that are
durable, cost-effective, provide long-term energy savings, and are available
energy-saving solutions for many building components,” he continued. “An
example is cool metal roofing and wall products that help reduce building
energy consumption by lowering cooling loads. Reflective metal roofs can save
up to 40 percent in building cooling energy costs and are excellent options for
commercial retrofit applications.”
Kavanagh said metal
roofing can be efficiently installed with above sheathing ventilation in
retrofit applications, which allows heat to dissipate through the ridge vent in
hot weather while acting as an insulating layer when it is cold.
“With ASV,” he said, “steel
roofs can contribute to a 30 percent reduction in heat gain through the roof.”
Kavanagh explained that
the steel industry, partnering with manufacturers and installers, continues to
invest in innovative technologies to improve the energy efficiency of building
In addition to these
direct energy-saving benefits, steel roofing and wall cladding contribute to an
overall reduction in environmental impact. Steel construction materials in
retrofit applications typically generate credits in green building
certification programs and reduce the building’s carbon footprint.
Steel cladding is
durable, offering long-term resistance to weather, including wind, hail, ice,
and snow. Commercial metal roofs have been in service for more than 30 years,
and painted metal roofs can be relied on for at least that long. Steel is
produced using recycled materials and is fully recyclable at the end of its
useful life. Reflective metal roofs can help reduce urban heat island effect.
As an added benefit, steel roofing is lightweight, so a retrofit steel system
can often be installed over an existing roof covering, reducing landfill waste.
“Wall and roof cladding
products using steel can play a key role in achieving (President Obama’s)
energy objectives by providing an attractive, durable retrofit alternative for
the commercial building market that also reduces overall environmental impact,”
The investor companies in the Construction Market program of
the Steel Market Development Institute are: AK
Steel Corporation, ArcelorMittal
Dofasco, ArcelorMittal USA L.L.C., Nucor Corporation, SSAB Americas, Steelscape, Inc., United States Steel Corporation and USS-POSCO Industries
Steel Industry Ready To Meet Obama's Call For Energy Efficiency
February 4, 2011