Saturday, January 22, 2011

Green Steel Buildings Are "Cool"

Green building design, also known as “sustainable building” recognizes the environmental impact of buildings and works to lessen this impact through energy efficiency, environmentally sound building materials, and innovative building design, creating and maintaining a healthy indoor environment

Steel Buildings use “cool” coating paints for roofs and side panels in a wide variety of environmentally friendly metal building colors. “Cool” coatings are special paints with superior reflective qualities that act as a thermal barrier to keep the insides of steel buildings cool in summer. This saves energy in cooling costs and helps save the environment by lessening the urban “heat island” effect. An “urban heat island” happens when urban concrete and asphalt construction absorbs heat during the day then radiates it back at night so that temperatures don’t fall at night as they normally would, and is a powerful contributor to climate change and global warming.

Steel buildings coated with “cool” coatings use less energy, summer and winter, making such buildings more energy efficient. “Cool” metal building coatings not only reflect heat in summer, but also retain heat inside the building on cool days, saving on heating costs and keeping the indoor environment healthy and comfortable in both summer and winter. The use of “cool” coatings for steel buildings saves money and the environment through reduced energy costs and can even qualify for Federal tax credits.

In California, Texas and Florida, commercial building construction is taking advantage of the “cool” properties of steel building metal roofs for commercial buildings such as warehouses, industrial manufacturing plants, aircraft hangars, storage buildings, retail outlet stores, auto dealerships, strip malls and more.

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