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Meet the sustainable construction challenge: ArcelorMittal steel solution benefits

As society makes determined moves towards sustainability, construction has a very important role to play within this new agenda, not only because of its economic and social contribution, but also because of its impact on the quality of our lives, our comfort and safety. While the building industry provides 5% to 10% of worldwide employment and generates 5% to 15% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product), the built environment accounts for 40% of energy consumption, 40% of CO2 emissions, 30% of the consumption of natural resources, 30% of waste generation and 20% of water consumption.

The future global challenge for the construction industry is clearly to meet the world’s growing housing needs while at the same time limiting the impact of its burdens by drastic improvement of its activities.

In construction, steel has developed as a material of choice and offers a wide range of solutions that can make buildings more energy efficient, less costly to operate and more comfortable.

We in ArcelorMittal strongly believe in steel’s values for green building and are committed to helping deliver the benefits that our solutions bring to our customers, their buildings and the buildings’ owners.

The construction sector

The construction sector plays a key role in respect of sustainable development: the advantages of steel construction in terms of sustainability can be demonstrated at each phase of a building's life.

The advantages of steel

Longlasting and eco-friendly, steel is the most recycled material in the world - its infinite recyclability without quality loss permits raw material savings, significant reduction of environmental impact in the manufacturing process, durability and eco-friendly products and coatings.

Construction phase

The use of prefabricated products enables fast, safe, reliable and predictable construction. Moreover, `dry´ system techniques reduce environmental impact and neighbourhood nuisance.

Design and Service Life

Designing with steel enables the construction of buildings with long life, high value, and minimized environmental impact in use. ArcelorMittal offers its customers a wide range of solutions meeting requirements as diverse as savings in the use of natural resources, energy efficiency in service life, open and flexible spaces, etc.

End of Building´s Life

The possible re-use of steel components, the easy dismantling process with a high reclamation rate and the efficient techniques for the recycling of composite structures and sandwich panels guarantee environmental advantages even at the end of a building's life.

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