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Structural steelwork has excellent sustainable credentials

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Left to right: Mike Greenslade, International Paint; John Blackwell, Rowecord Engineering; Donal McCormack, BCSA President; Martin Edwards, Caunton Engineering; Erle Andrews, Metsec; Jason Hensman, Conder Structures; Peter Lloyd, Fairfield-Mabey; Russ Barnshaw, Barnshaw Section Benders

Steel may be continually recycled without loss of properties and in the UK 94% of steel is reused or recycled. Steel structures have low carbon footprints, are lighter than concrete frames and need less foundation construction, require fewer site deliveries and are fabricated offsite in safer and healthier environments.

“In addition, factory based working supports a stable workforce, family life and stable communities,” said Mr McCormack.

Steel structures can provide both passive and active energy storage systems and only need 100mm thick concrete floors to provide the thermal mass fabric energy storage for daily temperature cycles.

“Steel structures are high quality, low defect with minimal waste,” added Mr McCormack.

As a result of sustainability moving up the agenda as a procurement issue, the BCSA has a Steel Construction Sustainability Charter. A total of 13 member companies have so far been successfully audited.

The following companies (pictured) were presented with their Sustainability Charter awards at the AGM:

  • Barnshaw Section Benders
  • Caunton Engineering
  • Conder Structures
  • Fairfield-Mabey
  • International Paint
  • Metsec
  • Rowecord Engineering
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