While not everyone agrees on the degree, consequences and fault (or as stated another way, essentially every single aspect) of the trashing and possible heating up of the plant, I think by now it is safe to say that no matter what side of the fence you are on regarding global warming, we should all be able to see a benefit to recycling materials and doing what we can to protect our planet even in the smallest of ways. Regardless of what factors or scientific studies you may believe or disagree with, recycling and cleaning up trash has certainly never hurt anything. Doing the green thing is especially important and easy when the green thing to do coincides with high quality and the most financially reasonable option. Of course not everyone is going to do everything they can to reduce their environmental impact, but when things are beneficial for other reasons as well, there is no reason not to. One of these situations where environmental friendliness, cost and quality intersect is the popular choice of using General Steel to construct a new building, or an add on for an existing, church, home or business.
One of the biggest environmental and cost benefits for steel as a building material is that is it incredibly easy to recycle. Steel doesn’t lose any of its inherent physical properties so the steel doesn’t need to go through a huge process in order to be used again. This also means it is not only quick but also incredibly easy to reshape the metal into whatever new form is needed. All this adds up to lower energy and material requirements to recycle steel. Compared to iron ore, another common building material, recycling steel takes seventy-five percent less energy. This difference equates to enough power to run eighteen million homes every year. Because the recycling process is so easy and inexpensive, a number of companies and even just everyday people have taken to collecting unused steel, often paying top dollar for the material. While this of course means a huge step for being environmentally friendly, it also means that General Steel buildings can add a little extra money in your pocket whenever you decide for whatever reason that you want to disassemble your building. It’s great when economic and environmental incentives collide.
Another way in which the environmental benefit of choosing a General Steel building over other materials is that steel lasts longer and is less susceptible to damage as other forms of building materials. This is because steel isn’t porous; there is no possibility for mold, bacteria, insects or other pesky life forms to get in and cause damage to the building. Additionally, because steel can’t rot, you can rest assured that there won’t be any surprise bill sneaking up on you later for repairs or maintenance. What you pay up front with a General Steel building will be the only costs you come across, no bothersome surprises down the road. Again, isn’t it great when the fiscally responsible thing to do is also the environmentally responsible thing to do?