STEEL AND CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION
There are dozens of reasons why steel and concrete homes are becoming more popular with homebuyers: better value, strength and durability, style and flexibility, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
Steel and concrete offer an unparalleled durability and stability to home construction. The materials last longer and have an incomparable strength in withstanding fire and severe weather. They are naturally water-resistant, non-combustible, resistant to wear and tear, rot and insects. These factors contribute to homes that are built to last and hold their value. Without the shrinkage seen in timber-framed homes, there are also fewer repairs required as the building ages.
Steel and concrete homes are quieter: compared to timber-framed homes, up to 75 percent quieter*, and they provide natural insulation from the elements, slowing down the passage of heat and cold. This means concrete homes stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, reducing heating and air conditioning bills and conserving energy.
Built form materials that are not only energy efficient, but environmentally sustainable, steel production and processing is environmentally friendly, and steel itself is recyclable. Concrete, unlike what is required for the production of wood — vast amounts of land, a limited natural resource and a production process that takes a heavy toll on the environment — is an ecologically wise choice.
Steel and concrete construction creates buildings that are aesthetically appealing, cost-effective, durable and environmentally sound.
* The Concrete Centre, Camberley,