Sustainability & Steel: Building with Recycled Materials
Steel Door Institute (SDI) was established in 1954 as a non-profit business association that develops standards for steel doors and frames. These standards are available free of charge so architects can ensure quality and consistency of steel doors and frames. SDI members are the only manufacturers that have been audited to ensure they meet our standards.
This course covers the production and recyclability of steel in the construction industry, including the general and sustainable advantages of building with steel. This includes a look at how specifying steel can contribute to potential LEED credits as well as compliance with the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) requirements. The focus will be on steel as an infinitely recyclable material and its various applications within the building industry. In addition, we will look at several agencies/codes/regulations involved with sustainability and construction.
- Explain basic steel production, focusing on steel’s characteristics that benefit the environment and protect occupants from toxic chemicals, weather damage, and structural issues
- Describe how steel can be easily recycled, benefiting construction products made from recycled steel and the safety advantages of steel construction, including doors and frames
- Identify the many features and applications of steel doors and frames
- Discuss programs and standards such as LEED v4 and the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) that encourage green building strategies and how recycled steel products are applicable to certain categories