A lot of good things can be said about steel buildings. With the light weight of the materials and precise measurements of each component, they can be quickly and economically built. Likewise, since they are made from steel, which is a highly consistent material that complies with strict quality control and tolerances, steel buildings are not prone to warping, twisting or splitting, not to mention that they can resist the effects of weather. And once they reach the end of their service life, their components can be recycled and reused for other purposes.
However, whenever the benefits of steel buildings are enumerated, people often overlook one of its most important benefits: energy efficiency. This may be due in part to the appearance of steel buildings, which many people often associate with higher energy consumption cost. The truth, though, is that steel buildings entail lesser energy use because of their custom-engineered design. All components that goes into a steel building fit snugly together. This, in turn, reduces heat transfer and improves energy efficiency. And as oppose to buildings made of wood that swells and shrinks that result to gaps and cracks where cold drafts and warm air can easily escape, steel buildings retain air indoors.
Although steel buildings are designed for efficiency, there are other things you can do to further enhance your steel structure’s energy efficiency. Doing so will enable you to cut back on your energy consumption and generate great savings in the long run. Here are some ways how you can do just that.
Install cool metal roofing
The roof you pick for your steel structure can make a huge difference in its ability to conserve energy. Hence, the installation of a certified cool roof is one viable solution that will help cool your building in a natural way, particularly during warmer temperatures, by bouncing so much sunlight back into the space. As a result, your building stays cooler and helps shrink your monthly electricity bills. If you can’t afford to have a cool roof installed, you may simply opt to have its existing roof painted with a special cool pigment that will allow the surface to reflect the light and heat from the sun.
Integrate windows and skylights
Outfitting your steel building with windows and skylights is another option you can try to improve its energy efficiency. With these additions you will be able to allow more natural lighting inside the building, which can result in significant reduction in electrical consumption during the day. The integration of windows and skylights can also reduce CO2 emissions in the building.
Add thermal blocks or insulation
Steel is known to conduct more heat compared to wood. Hence, when the sun’s rays hit the surface of the building, it can create unbearable heat during warmer months and can exaggerate cold temperatures during winter. In order to reduce the heat and cold transfer between the interior and exterior of your structure, add thermal blocks or a layer of continuous insulation on its wall panels. This will help prevent radiant heat transfer, regulate the temperature inside and reduce the need for heating and cooling.
Article contributed by SteelBuildingsDesign.co.uk a UK company who specialise in Steel Framed Buildings