Sustainability has been established for over one decade in building construction. It has become a high priority and is well established amongst professionals and authorities involved in design and construction. So why would one need another book explaining the same again? This is required because detailed information on the sustainability credentials of steel as a construction material is scattered over a wide range of publications, reports or company data.
Hence, this book focuses on design and construction of sustainable steel buildings, looking at steel as a construction material, on steel structures, and steel envelopes and illustrates all this with many practical examples. For this purpose, we have brought together European experts and professionals from various fields. The book starts with general introductory information on the background of sustainable construction, followed by highlights of the legal and normative frame.
A discussion of basic concepts of sustainability assessment, such as life‐cycle thinking and environmental product information in general and for steel construction products specifically, is the next focus, followed by the methods and design tools to deliver sustainable steel buildings and construction in general. Topics and structural elements that are crucial for sustainable steel buildings are addressed at.
This comprises, for example, topics such as flexibility, benefits of high strength steel or design for deconstruction, and hot‐dip galvanising and fire‐ protective coatings. In addition, the efficient design of structures and elements is discussed, such as multistorey buildings, bridges, and renewable energy structures, as well as columns, beams, floor systems and envelopes. Various sustainability certification labels have been established.
The major labels DGNB, LEED and BREEAM are introduced and the performance of steel in these certification schemes is explained. Finally, several examples of sustainable steel buildings and contemporary case studies provide further guidance to the practitioner. This book would not have been possible without the numerous contributions of authors from all over Europe with widespread backgrounds such as architectural or structural engineering practice, sustainability, steel production, steel construction, academia or various kinds of associations.
Further thanks go to my coeditors Markus Kuhnhenne, Mark Lawson and Milan Veljkovic for the fruitful discussions and good cooperation in preparing this book. I thank particularly Raban Siebers, who has done most of the actual work of bringing together all the different authors and contributions. Sustainable Steel Buildings shows specifiers, contractors, building authorities, lecturers and students how steel can be used to deliver buildings and structures with a high level of inherent sustainability.
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