Steel framing has become the standard for home building in Hawaii where thousands of steel framed homes have been built. Homeowners in Hawaii expect their new houses to be framed out of steel. Hawaii is the leader in CFS technology with the highest percentage of homes being framed with this durable product. People from around the world still come to see steel framing here in Hawaii. Here are just some of the reasons:
Steel Value in Green and Sustainability Standards and Rating Systems
Steel is the most recycled product in the world, 83 million tons of steel scrap was recycled in 2007: more than paper, aluminum, glass, and plastic combined. (See Steel Recycling Institute: www.recycle-steel.org - Earn Steel Recycled Content Credit)
Steel recycling programs reduce the solid waste stream, resulting in saved landfill space, and help to conserve our natural resources.
Steel is recognized as a green building material in the National Green Building Standard, (ICC-700), ASHRAE 189.1, Green Globes and other rating systems such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED TM).
The use of steel building products enables builders and designers to comply and often exceed the requirements of the various standards and programs. To learn more about steels’ role in green building visit: www.steelframing.org)
Steel is an environmentally responsible material.
Every piece of steel manufactured contains recycled steel, it is required in the steel making process and all steel is 100 percent recyclable. From the car to the grill to the kitchen sink, steel can be melted down again and again without losing its quality. Steel scrap is our largest raw material by tonnage.
The average landfill consists of approximately 60% construction debris, mostly concrete, wood and plastic. By using CFS builders can reduce their disposal costs and divert material from local landfills.
Debris from a steel-framed house accounts for only 2 cubic feet of landfill waste compared to 50 cubic feet from traditional home construction.
Using steel takes the pressure off of other resources: a typical 2000-square-foot home requires about 40 to 50 trees, about an acre’s worth. With steel, only the equivalent of about 6 scrapped automobiles are needed.
HSA membership benefits include several networking opportunities, access to the latest research and development, up-to-date information, dinner meetings with expert speakers, and other important resources. In addition, by belonging to the HSA you can participate in the Alliance’s future direction and more. And last but not least, you will belong to our HSA Ohana, where lasting friendships are made, and we do our part to use the most recycled product in the world. Click here to Join Today
REScheck Support for 2006 Energy Code
While most of the nation has moved on to newer codes, Hawaii is still using the 2006 IECC. REScheck has discontinued their support for the 2006 I-Codes. For Hawaii and steel framing, the REScheck program version 18.104.22.168 that accommodated the 2006 codes provided more envelope and equipment trade-offs making it easier to comply. Fortunately, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has provided the Hawaii Steel Alliance a copy of the older version which can be emailed to our members. (The file is too large to post on our site). While the PNNL no longer provides technical support, specifiers can download and use this version of the program for their submittals to the Hawaii Counties until they move on to the newer codes. Please email email@example.com and we will send you a zip file of the program (approximately 62 MB).