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Steel 's strength, lightness and durability combine to enable sustainable construction solutions

The structural solution in steel means less weight on foundations, longer spanning spaces, simplification of design, ease of construction and minimal site waste.

 A structural steel based building offers future adaptation and expansion solutions with less cost, disruption and waste than any other option.

When a steel structure comes to the end of its life, many of the steel components can be recovered and reused in the as-recovered state. The remainder has a high value as steel scrap for recycling which reduces demolition costs rather than adding to cost through landfill charges.

Examples of good Environmentally Responsible Design

Lavarack Barracks (example of steel re-use)

LavarackThis complex houses an Australian Army brigade and a number of support units. The Stage 4 Redevelopment Project used structural steel framing systems for flexibility and future demountability and reuse.

Existing structures to be refurbished were stripped back to structural steel framing elements and primary concrete slab systems and reused in the project.

Hamilton Island Yacht Club (example of recycled steel)

Hamilton IYCThis nautical-shaped Yacht Club on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park was built to achieve high environmental sustainability. Ground improvement reduced the number of piles required by approximately 2000m. The 250 tonnes of steel piles deployed were sourced from recycled sections.

The Flannery Centre Bathurst (Example of design for re-use)

Flannery CentreThe Flannery Centre Bathurst is a ‘green trades’ educational facility designed to achieve a 6-star Green Star rating. The structural frame’s design considered life cycle analysis of the building right up to recycling materials at the end of its design life. To this end all connections are bolted to ease disassembly in a logical and transparent manner. The structural steel fabrication was contracted locally to reduce the environmental impacts of transport.

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