In the past years, the construction sector has increased the use of some innovative and resistant materials, such as reinforcing steel and concrete. These materials are used in buildings and different types of construction works.
According to the BBC, constructions made with concrete represent a high demand globally since its production has grown fourfold since 1990. Moreover, it is estimated to rise up to 25% by 2030.
The global trend of using concrete in construction has improved housing conditions; for instance, based on data from the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI in Spanish), over 98% of Mexican households are built with non-fragile materials.
Although concrete today represents an advantage in terms of security in constructions, it is also the source of around 8% of carbon dioxide emissions in the world, according to studies conducted by Chatham House in the UK.
In this regard, the use of concrete-reinforced steels is recommended because they allow reducing the environmental footprint while increasing safety in constructions.
Reinforcing steel in constructions
Reinforcing steels are necessary for constructions made of concrete, “drowned” inside the structure, providing them with resistant properties and ensuring safety in each work.
It is important for reinforcing steel to comply with certain characteristics or standards for their use in construction. We mainly refer to steel structure properties that determine their seismic response, such as: resistance, ductility, rigidity, redundancy, energy absorption, damping, and weldability. This last feature is important when making a choice on what steel to purchase, as it is a crucial safety element in an earthquake situation.
Nowadays, there are companies that manufacture these already welded and tailor-made reinforcing steels with the purpose of fulfilling the integrity of construction, thus preventing risks.
Competitive advantages in constructions
Some advantages beyond the properties and characteristics of reinforcing steel in constructions are the following:
- Higher safety as a reinforcement mechanism for any type of construction.
- Flexibility based on each architectural project, as well as for the use of cantilever beams, slanted walls, floor openings and an endless number of options.
- It can be used in pre-manufacturing to expedite times during the structural mounting stage.
- Cost reduction thanks to its compatibility with a great array of complementary materials.
- It has good resistance and ductility and therefore helps reduce weight in construction and gives higher structural stability.
- It reduces the pollution impact on the environment on a per-project basis, which may lead to a no-waste proposal.
Reinforcing steel as a sustainable material
Reinforcing steel constructions guarantee minimum levels of loss because a surplus of any material can be easily recycled.
Such is the case of DEACERO, whose surpluses of material are transformed into junk to manufacture various types of reinforcing steels. The company also has declarations such as the Product Environmental Declaration (EDP in Spanish) that acknowledges its sustainable process, especially off-products such as bars, wire rods, H beams, and steel wire ropes.
This is a reason why having a supplier that offers this type of solution is paramount in order to have a higher level of control over the process and planning.
Last but not least, reinforcing steel is more than a safe material, it will allow you to save time, reduce weight and provide increased stability and architectural design in each construction. All of the above will provide sustainability by decreasing carbon dioxide pollution and utterly ensure building resistance.