Stainless Steel in Construction: The Greener Option

Carbon dioxide (CO2) occurs naturally on Earth at a concentration of around 0.04%. Though integral to life, CO2 is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change and reducing the amount produced is part of the government's strategy for the future.

Construction

45% of the UK's total carbon emissions come from the construction industry, with 27% originating from domestic buildings and 18% from commercial (these figures include CO2 generated throughout the entire building process, including extraction, manuf­ac­turing, transpor­ta­tion and construction itself).

In order to try and met lowered emissions targets, the construction industry has adopted various strategies, one of which includes a rise in the number of buildings constructed using more sustainable materials, such as timber. This has led to a dramatic increase in the need for stainless steel fixings and fastenings.

Timber frame buildings have a lower carbon footprint and the wood used has also absorbed CO2 during the growing process. Making sure such structures are robust and durable is obviously essential and stainless steel is an integral part of achieving this.

Stainless steel is used to produce many components used to facilitate the construction of timber frame buildings. The main components required are restraint and fixing straps, which are held in place with stainless steel annular ring nails. All of these components and more are available right here at BS Stainless.

Find out more about stainless steel in construction on our website.

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