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SUSTAINABILITY & UNDERSTANDING
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

Sustainability with Greenstone Structural SolutionsGreenstone Structural Solutions believes it is the responsibility of our organization, our business partners, and our customers to recognize the urgency in changing how we build. For generations, building methods were principally decided by the lowest immediate construction costs. Many of the materials used to achieve this objective were not harvested, fabricated or produced through sustainable processes.

According to Natural Resources Canada, approximately 13 million hectares of land is deforested globally every year. This is an area equivalent to the size of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick combined. Population growth, urban sprawl and lenient building codes continue to increase the demand for construction lumber and sheet products. Deforestation is believed to contribute up to 17% of annual greenhouse gas emissions, while distressing the global water cycle and causing significant soil erosion.

Through product innovation and education efforts, Greenstone strives to establish higher performance standards in modern buildings. Please contact Greenstone Structural Solutions to discuss how we can assist you achieve a superior envelope assembly, LEED Points, and most importantly, reduce our environmental impact.

approximately 13 million hectares of land is deforested globally every year

The Greenstone Structural Panel incorporates two structural materials, EPS and light gauge steel, both 100% recyclable and both having tremendous environmental benefits.

To read more about the numerous insulating and environmental benefits of EPS as a building product here: EPS Industry Alliance Life Cycle Analysis Report.

 

Fast Facts about Steel from the Steel Framing Alliance

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  1. Steel is one of the most sustainable building materials in the world. The industry has embraced the common sense approach that reducing its impact on the environment is not only the right thing to do, but it makes economic sense.
  2. Since the early 1990s, the steel industry has reduced its energy use to produce a ton of steel by approximately 1/3.
  3. More than 95% of the water used in the steel making process is recycled and returned – often cleaner than when it was taken from the source.
  4. Every piece of steel used in construction contains recycled content. Further, all steel can be recovered and recycled again and again into new high quality products.
  5. Steel is durable, safe, and strong. It is not susceptible to rot, termites, or mold. Steel used for framing will last for hundreds years due to its zinc coating, a natural element. Steel structures require less material to carry the same loads as concrete or masonry or wood structures.
  6. Steel is dimensionally stable, it will not warp or split and is built to last. Don’t waste time and dollars on costly call backs. Minimize cracking and screw-pops in drywall and other finishes.
  7. As more and more green codes and standards begin to make their way into adoption, cold-formed steel (CFS) is well positioned to help your project meet the highest sustainability standards. Steel is recognized in all major green building standards and rating programs, including the National Green Building Standard (ICC-700) for residential buildings, ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for commercial construction, and the US Green Building Council’s LEED program that covers all types of buildings.
  8. More than 82 million tons of steel were recycled in the US in 2008 – more than aluminum, glass and paper combined. That steel goes back into new studs, joists, and other members used in buildings. In fact, steel is the only material with an automatic minimum default value for recycled content in the LEED program. Further, most green codes and standards recognize the excellent potential of CFS at reducing the amount of construction waste generated at a site. Most of this is due to the almost universal use of pre-engineered and assembled panels to build steel assemblies using modern, efficient technology.

Steel Framing Alliance | LEED US Green Building Council