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Is Steel the Most Sustainable Green Building Material?



New and innovative sustainable green building materials are helping architects and builders create buildings that are healthier and more eco-friendly than ever. You may be surprised to learn that one of the most sustainable building materials available isn’t a new innovation, in fact it’s been in use for over 200 years. When it comes to green building materials, steel is the king of sustainability. The Long-lasting Appeal of Steel When steel was first used to frame buildings, it wasn’t being used as a green building material. Architects and builders turned to ...

Do 2017 Energy Regulations Rule out Steel Windows and Doors?



Steel windows and doors are often desired for their graceful aesthetic properties and narrow sightlines, which are highly desirable elements for countless architectural styles. Homeowners and architects alike have historically turned to steel fenestration products not only to achieve their design visions, but also to take advantage of the unparalleled strength and long-lasting durability of steel. While energy regulations continue to get tighter, will steel windows and doors continue to meet these stringent requirements, or will architects finally have to sacrifice elegant form for function? Will Steel Windows and Doors ...

2016 Building Energy Code Updates: What You Need to Know For 2017 & Beyond



On January 1, 2017, California’s latest building energy code updates will take effect. The newest updates to the building standards, known as the 2016 Standards, bring the state one step closer to its ultimate goal of net zero energy use for all new residential buildings by 2020, and all new commercial buildings by 2030. Over the past couple of years, building code updates have left architects, builders and energy consultants with new challenges and ever-stricter guidelines as they design and build homes that meet California’s aggressive new energy standards. Setting the ...
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