With today’s heightened interest in and demand for ecologically sound building materials, metal roof and walls systems rise to the top as the sustainable design With today’s heightened interest in and demand for ecologically sound building materials, metal roof and walls systems rise to the top as the sustainable design products of choice. Metal offers the sustainable solution in both new and retrofit commercial building applications.
Sustainable design, defined as: design that seeks to reduce negative impacts on the environment and the health and comfort of building occupants, thereby improving building performance. The idea of taking care of the earth and making it a better place through our built environment has been embraced by the commercial building community including building developers, facility managers, owners, contractors, architects and designers.
The United States Green Building Council has recognized the importance of this concept by developing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Metal construction products contribute considerably to the sustainable design movement. Their high recycled content, recyclability, fully developed distribution networks, and energy efficiency allow them to qualify for points in the LEED program.
As increasing numbers of architects design LEED-qualified buildings they are looking for construction products and systems that can help them gain higher levels of certification. Metal construction products meet these standards.