Sustainable Steel Provides Optimal Green Solutions for Construction Marketplace

WASHINGTON, DC, March 17, 2011 – Green may be the color of the day in honor of St. Patrick, but more and more often it is associated with steel, the most recycled material on the planet. Steel’s sustainable benefits go beyond its superior recycling attributes to make it a cost-effective, durable option for all construction applications. Here are a few reasons to choose steel solutions:

• Steel construction products are represented 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 U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program.

• Using cold-formed steel framing reduces the amount of construction waste generated at a job site. The small amount of waste generated at the site is fully recyclable into other steel construction products.

• Lightly colored, more reflective metal roofs save up to 40% in cooling energy. Highly emissive metal roofs can lower urban air temperatures, resulting in reduced smog formation.

• The installation of modular prefabricated short span steel bridges allows for faster construction, smaller crews, lighter equipment and less impact on the environment.

• Steel utility distribution poles can increase the reliability of a utility’s distribution system while offering lower overall life cycle costs.

• Highways constructed with steel-reinforced concrete pavement provide a rigid surface that reduces rolling resistance, resulting in better fuel economy for motorists.

The Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), grows and maintains the use of steel through strategies that promote cost-effective solutions in the automotive, construction and container markets, as well as for new–growth opportunities in emerging steel markets. For more news or information, visit

SMDI Construction Market Program investors:
• AK Steel Corporation
• ArcelorMittal Dofasco
• ArcelorMittal USA LLC
• Nucor Corporation
• SSAB Americas
• Steelscape, Inc.
• ThyssenKrupp Steel USA, LLC
• United States Steel Corporation
• USS-POSCO Industries

Debbie Bennett
Manager, Communications
Construction Market
Steel Market Development Institute
Tel: 202.452.7179