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The Importance of Structural Steel In Constructing Buildings Private

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  Structural steel has become one of the most prevalent 

construction materials of the century, often seen as an extremely 

important component of modern buildings and housing. According to 

the World Steel Association, over 1,600 million tonnes were produced 

in 2016, 197 million more than the previous year. It’s become 

viable for any kind of project and offers several benefits, which 

many building plans rely on for structural safety.


    The widespread adoption of steel has made it easy to find, both 

as a raw alloy and pre-made components. Fabricated parts will often 

be openly sold by suppliers (with many factories selling both 

locally and overseas), allowing beams and frames to be purchased 

directly.  Thanks to this, companies can work under tighter 

deadlines and access a supply of steel parts anywhere in the world.


    Steel parts can be ordered as soon as the architectural plan is 

agreed on, saving time that would be spent waiting for them to 

arrive at the site. This provides extra time to check measurements 

and find suitable storage, issues that could normally delay 

construction by several hours.



    Its lightweight makes steel easy to transport over land and lift 

via a crane, reducing the amount of fuel wasted getting it to the 

site. In addition, this can make buildings far easier to take down: 

a prototype ProLogic warehouse was built at Heathrow to demonstrate 

how over 80% of the entire structure was reusable, which could be 

disassembled in a fraction of the time an average warehouse would 



    Low weight can aid in moving and rebuilding structures, as shown 

with the 9 Cambridge Avenue warehouse relocation: the warehouse 

itself was dismantled and rebuilt 1 mile away, using almost no steel 

except the existing components. This added mobility and versatility 

makes steel a very desirable building material for structures that 

have extra land for expansion.



    As the desire for eco-friendly buildings increases, steel will 

become more convenient for construction projects. It can easily be 

recycled and doesn’t need to be permanently disposed of, so old 

buildings or temporary supports can be repurposed into new projects 

as needed. Roughly 97.5% of all steel from UK demolition sites is 

recovered and reused, according to data gathered by Steel 



    Recovered steel components that haven’t been damaged can be 

re-used in other projects, removing the cost of getting the alloy 

melted down and re-cut as a new part. If a building is being 

demolished and rebuilt, existing parts could be stripped out and 

repurposed to save money kept in storage for future projects or 

simply sold to another company as components (or raw alloy, if sold 

back to a steel fabrication company).