Steel takes the LEED – Green Construction

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest green building and performance measures. Sustainable building strategies should be considered early in the development cycle. Implementing an integrated, systems-oriented approach to green project design, development and operations can yield synergies and improve the overall performance of a building. Initial LEED assessment will bring the project team together to evaluate and articulate the project’s goals and the certification level sought.

There are both environmental and financial benefits to earning LEED certification.

LEED-certified buildings are designed to:

  • Lower operating costs and increase asset value.
  • Reduce waste sent to landfills.
  • Conserve energy and water.
  • Be healthier and safer for occupants.
  • Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Qualify for tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives in hundreds of cities.
  • Demonstrate an owner’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

Steel recycling has both economic and environmental benefits. It is less expensive to recycle steel than to mine virgin ore and move it through the process of making new steel. Raw material we purchase today contains approximately 90-98% recycled steel. Our industry has recycled steel for the past 150 years through a nationwide network of scrap processors. Midwest Steel Works is no exception as we have recycled steel since our inception in 1945. We recycle approximately 500,000 to 600,000 lbs of scrap steel each year which is reprocessed into new steel products.

In addition to recycled content, steel can contribute toward several other LEED credits. Steel is dimensionally stable and, when properly designed, can provide an exceptionally tight building envelope, for less air loss and better HVAC performance over time. Steel is made to exact specifications, so on-site waste is minimized. Material from demolition or construction can be easily recycled, with the magnetic properties of steel greatly facilitating its separation from other materials.

We have extensive experience on LEED certified and LEED compliant projects.