Steel buildings are highly energy efficient and consume little or no precious natural resources like wood and water, thus making them one of the most environmentally friendly modern day housing. Thus if you are building your steel building, you are already reducing, very significantly, your carbon footprint. However, you don’t need to stop at this stage. With a few smart moves you can make your steel building much more environmentally efficient that will also help you save money.
Steel buildings are environmentally friendly during the construction phase. However, the challenge is to make them retain this throughout their life and operation, which of course is not easy. One of the main problems with steel is that being metallic in nature, it is a good conductor and absorber of heat. Thus your Steel building can get quite hot during the summer months as it absorbs the heat from the sun. This will result in higher air conditioning requirements that have their toll on the environment. This of course is quite undesirable. In addition, higher air conditioning implies a direct escalation of costs.
To solve this problem, there are modern cool paints available in the market that you can use to paint the exterior of your steel building. These are especially effective on the roof of your steel building and you can reduce your energy costs by as much as 20% with the help of these cool paints. These paints are specially designed to contain pigments that reflect the sun’s rays, instead of absorbing them. Thus you can get a cool building without having to spend tons of money and energy on doing so. It is an environmentally friendly way of keeping your building cool and can have a significant impact in the long run. The life of an average steel building can be 25-30 years or more, so you can imagine the kind of savings possible through cool paints for your steel building.