A CanAm Steel Tiny Home?

We may not be in the tiny home business, but this home is giving us all kinds of ideas about how our

CanAm Steel panels can be used to manufacture an amazingly efficient and environmentally-friendly tiny structure

. To begin your project with a trusted company already known for superior quality, call us today!

[Read more “Tiny Home with a Steel Frame” here]

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“The walls of Steelhaus were made of an insulated metal panel system. These panels are filled with non-CFC polyurethane modified isocyanurate foam. To get the metal to stick to the foam core they used a special laminating process that involves the use of structural urethane adhesives, heat and pressure. Even though this foam is not the greenest choice when it comes to insulation materials, it does yield a very energy-efficient home, while also cutting down on construction time. The roof is also made of metal and sloped, which offers a good amount of interior headroom. The home also features large windows, which let in plenty of natural daylight and aid ventilation.

According to the builders, these 3-inch insulated panels they used give the wall an insulation value of R-24, which is the same as is offered by standard 4-inch SIPs. The advantage of using these metal panels is that they also result in a 2.5 times lighter home than a timber-framed house with a 2 x 4 batt-insulated wall. The metal panels fit together in a tongue and groove design, which yields a continuous, well-insulated wall and creates a very tight building envelope.”

How Does CanAm Provide So Much Recycled Steel?

Protecting the environment is a key element of CanAm Steel Building’s company values. One of the ways we are able to demonstrate our commitment to the environment is by providing up to 89 percent of recycled steel for all of our building projects. It’s not a simple task, but it’s one that we are proud of and believe is necessary for the health of the steel industry. For questions about the process for CanAm buildings, call us today!

[Read more “How reclaimed can a building be?” here]

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“The trade in used construction materials is big business these days. As owners strive to make authenticity an element of their projects, a cottage industry has sprung up to meet demand for secondhand wood, steel, brick and any other building material that can be repurposed in new structures.

One way this is achieved is through the process of deconstruction. While demolition generally involves tearing material out of a space or knocking a building down and sending the wreckage off to a landfill, deconstruction is more methodical. In deconstruction, crews take great pains to avoid damaging the bricks, fixtures, windows, wood and other high-value items they are able to remove intact.

Beyond finishes

One of the biggest challenges to using such materials for structural or other applications is meeting current building codes, said Dustin White, construction manager at C1S Group, in Dallas. For example, windows might not meet today’s energy-efficiency requirements and material from older buildings could contain lead or asbestos. Some materials might have weakened significantly over time, whereas others, like steel, tend to be stronger than their modern counterparts.

“The beauty of steel is that — most of the time — the farther back you go, the better the quality,” White said. Steel used to be inexpensive enough that manufacturers could account for potential design errors by simply adding more mass to members.

Today’s project cost considerations, however, have made design more precise. And there’s not as much redundancy built into steel members.

“[Steel products today] are not weaker, they’re just enough to do the job they’ve been designed to do,” White said. “But 50 or 60 years ago, [they] would be able to do twice the job.”

Buying old to go green

Owners’ desire to achieve green-building marks like LEED certification is by far the biggest driver of interest in using reclaimed architectural and structural materials on commercial projects, Haldeman said.

The Research Support Facility at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, CO, achieved LEED Platinum certification in June 2011, in part by using reclaimed steel natural gas piping, recovered from an out-of-service pipeline, as structural columns. The University of North Texas’ Apogee Stadium, in Denton, TX, which also earned LEED Platinum status, used reclaimed steel beams as headers for concession-stand openings.”

Steel & Nature Working Together

One of the most advantageous things about building with steel is you can fabricate it to suit any space perfectly. That’s the reason this architect chose steel in order to create this home that wouldn’t disturb the landscape but actually be harmony with it. It’s a difficult task to accomplish, unless you’re using steel, of course. To begin your project using CanAm Steel, call us today!

Read more “Abramson Teiger builds steel-clad residence in a Wyoming meadow” here]

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US studio Abramson Teiger has created a rural Wyoming home that consists of low-lying volumes made of glass, concrete and weathering steel.

The Wyoming Residence is located near Jackson, a quaint town in the west of the state that is ringed by mountains.

Encompassing 7,000 square feet (650 square metres), the single-storey house is set within a gently sloping meadow. It consists of two low-lying, rectilinear volumes and a detached garage that is sunken into the landscape.

Creating a building that worked in harmony with the natural setting was a paramount concern for the design team.

“Echoing the grandeur of the Teton Mountain Range whilst seamlessly inhabiting the adjacent grassland, the Wyoming Residence exhibits a conscientious marriage of form and material,” said Abramson Teiger Architects, a Los Angeles-based studio.

“The home manages to feel stately and striking at the entrance, but is hidden from view looking down the meadow and up from the valley floor.”

“Almost every material implemented in this home was done so to create a maintenance-free space that withstands the weather and betters with age,” the architects said.

Metal Buildings in Space!

Among the many advantages of metal buildings, one major one is the durability they possess. With the right amount of planning and good manufacturing, a metal building can last you decades and serve multiple uses, especially a CanAm steel building. That’s probably the reason NASA is so keen to repurpose this metal cargo container into a space habitat.

To talk about what you can do with a metal building, call us today.

[Read more of “NASA building deep space habitat prototype by recycling old cargo container” here]

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“An aluminum cargo container, built more than 15 years ago to move large equipment to space, will be transformed into a prototype of a space habitat where astronauts would live during long missions.

The project is a step toward NASA’s next big human spaceflight project called the Deep Space Gateway, a “spaceport” in the moon’s orbit where astronauts would live for up to a year. NASA’s goal is to have it up and running by the mid-2020s, and from there, the space agency hopes to gain some experience and develop capabilities needed to push farther into the solar system, specifically to Mars.

Named Donatello, the cargo container was one of three built by the Italian Space Agency in the 1990s to serve as “moving vans” carrying equipment, experiments and supplies to and from the International Space Station, a large spacecraft orbiting the Earth and where astronauts have lived since 2000.

Donatello was delivered to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center from Italy in 2001. While the two other cargo containers, called Leonardo and Raffaello, flew on several shuttle missions to the International Space Station, Donatello was never used.

Lockheed Martin will refurbish Donatello at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The work would take about 18 months.”

The Reason You Should Have a Steel Roof for Solar Panels

Solar panels on roofs are increasing in popularity and photovoltaic (PV) modules are the most common type of panel being installed. But not many homeowners are taking into consideration the long-term effects of these panels on their roofs. Sure, the energy savings are what you typically gravitate toward when considering installing PVs, but what happens when you need to replace or repair your roof?

Luckily, with a steel roof, you won’t have to worry about replacement or repairs as much as you would with shingles or tiles. CanAm Steel roof panels are the perfect option for restructuring your roof so that it can have a life span longer than your PV panels. Call us today for more information.

[Read more of “Why solar panels and steel roofs form a long-lasting partnership” here]

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Matching the life of the roof material to the life of the solar panel
It’s not a matter of simply installing an array of PV’s on an existing shingled roof; that could be a serious error. Why? Solar panels have a life expectancy of 30 to 35 years. What would be the point of installing an expensive array of PV’s on a roof that might require replacement or repair in only 15 to 20 years, even less? That would mean disconnecting and removing the panels in order to service or replace the roof membrane or tiles, storing those components safely, and then reassembling the system back on the new roof. Costs could run into the thousands, more if any panels were damaged in the process.

Steel roofs deliver long term value
Many steel roofs offer warranties as long as 45 years. Even without the distraction of a solar array brought into the equation, the industry has long argued that steel roofs deliver the best long-term value despite slightly higher upfront costs. In many cases, a steel roof can be a positive sales feature when the original owner moves on. This is on top of the fact that the steel is fully recyclable at the end of its long useful life, unlike asphalt shingles which usually end up in the landfill, which somewhat negates the environmental gains by installing solar in the first place.

And while talking about the protection from the sun’s rays that a solar array gives, that can sometimes backfire on a traditional tiled roof in warm, humid conditions. That heat and humidity under the panels can promote fungus growth, something steel roofs discourage because of the zinc in the coatings.”

Beautiful Steel Facades

Steel is one of the most versatile and beautiful architectural materials, which is why we love it so much. While structures like these aren’t made every day, it’s fun to see what our friends across the ocean are doing with it. To begin your CanAm Steel metal buildings project, call us today.

[Read more about Architizer’s Spanish Steel buildings here]

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Spain advances contemporary architecture by learning from its past. With the second highest number of World Heritage Sites globally and an eclectic mix of building styles, the country has also produced famous designers like Gaudí, Moneo and Calatrava. As a nation, it remains one of the most culturally diverse places in the world. This has helped shaped Spain’s rich architectural history. While its boundaries have been redrawn over time and various civilizations left their mark, the country continues to champion new architecture and novel design strategies.

With a respect for history and an optimism for what could be, much of Spain’s development started with the Romans and the Moors. These constructions would ground later designs and set the stage for the country’s various building periods, including structures from the Mudéjar, Renaissance, Baroque and Modernist styles. Today, this mix juxtaposes futuristic designs alongside ancient mosques and grandiose public spaces.

Taking a closer look at Spain’s contemporary projects and design culture, we’ve rounded up a collection of metal projects that champion a dynamic material investigation. Though the projects are drawn across different regions in the country, they each show how designers are creating exciting works of metallic architecture. While the projects are made with different scales and programs, they all explore contemporary ideas on enclosure, surface and envelope. The collection showcases some of Spain’s greatest projects and how to create poetic, stunning façades.

Green Solutions Can Be Eco-Friendly And Cost-Effective

If you’re considering building with steel, you’re making a good choice. A CanAm Steel Building is one of the greenest options on the market.

Call us today and see what your options are for a beautiful and efficient structure.

Green Solutions Can Be Eco-Friendly And Cost-Effective

Finding The Balance
Many companies eschew “green” solutions because they aren’t seen as cost-effective, but that thinking may be wrong. Consider steel. Steel is one of the most “green” building materials in the world—it’s primarily recycled. It’s also incredibly durable, and can be made to fit a variety of applications. When it comes to building, steel is preeminent.
According to FidelitySteel.com, pre-engineered metal buildings: “…bring you a high-quality product in a fashion that can fit your budget.” The metal used is, as you may have guessed, steel; but that’s not where the eco-friendly solutions end. Atop that steel building, you can add two cost-effective measures that increase sustainability.
Traditional Options Are Expensive
Many estimates put a traditional home at around $150 per square foot. That means a 2,400 square foot property would be about $360,000. Meanwhile, using the construction methods outlined here, you could have 2,400 square feet of usable space for only $200,000, or only 55% of the cost.
That’s incentive enough to go the sustainable prefabricated route. When you realize it’s a “green” way of building that also saves you money on utilities throughout a given month, the incentive to use such a means of construction is definitely higher.

See more here: Green Solutions Can Be Eco-Friendly And Cost-Effective



Recycled Material is Great for Sustainability

Sustainability is a long-term goal. It has to be about more than the structure of your building. However, a great place to start is by using recycled steel. CanAm Steel Building Corporation metal buildings are comprised of up to 89% recycled material, which is the perfect foundation for beginning a sustainable practice. Call us today to start your project.

[Read more about Infrastructure’s feature on the Tshwane building here]

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“Engineering consultant group WSP recently achieved a 4 Star Green Star rating for its Agrivaal building and the newly constructed public building, Batho Pele House. The stars were awarded by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).

Long-term project

WSP said this was a long-term project. In 2010 a tender was issued for the sustainable design of the building. The tenant for the building, the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), was only later confirmed. Thereafter, the designs had to be flexible and underwent several rounds of changes to allow for the tenant’s requirements, WSP said.

“What always remained clear throughout the project, however, was that achieving 4 star Green Star credentials was a critical priority,” the company said. “Further to this, importance was placed on restoring and protecting the heritage of the existing Agrivaal building, as well as designing the easy transition between the new 10 story building that offers comfortable open plan office space and a healthy working environment.”

For this project, WSP formed part of the design team that worked on the building. The company provided a full scope of engineering across structural, civil, electrical, mechanical, lifts, fire, electronic, wet services, and sustainability consulting.”

The Advantages of a Steel Building

Steel buildings are an ideal choice for a number of different uses, and the structures have several benefits. Because steel is one of the strongest building materials on the market, it spans greater distances than lumber. This allows a building owner to maximize the use of their floor space. High ceilings are just one option and are ideal for agricultural buildings. For maximum energy efficiency, steel is compatible with a range of insulation panels. Traditional wood framing is one of the least efficient building technologies because there is a stud every 16 or 24 inches. Steel is stronger than wood and does not require as many structural members to carry the same weight.

Light-Weight and Long Spans

Many agricultural enterprises rely on steel buildings to help them maximize their use of floor space. Building a new structure is an expensive investment, and wasted room is an ineffective use of resources. Because steel is incredibly strong, it can carry more weight and span longer distances than other framing materials. For this reason, steel is a great choice for applications that require plenty of overhead space. Storing farm equipment is just one way to take advantage of today’s steel structures. Custom designs are also readily available and can be altered to meet individual clearance requirements. In addition, steel is an ideal choice for owners who are considering future expansions. Most designs lend themselves to additions, and there are plenty of ways to add more space in the future.

Energy Efficiency

Today’s buildings are designed with high-efficiency Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. Steel offers several advantages because it can be fully insulated. Unlike, wood –framed structures, steel can span vast distances and does not require support every 16 inches. Steel insulation panels are easily attached to a structure and have some of the highest R-values in the industry. This means that the structures are cheaper to heat and cool.

Cost Effective

Steel is also one of the most cost-effective building materials and offers advantages in the initial price of a project. Because steel structures are incredibly easy to erect, labor expenses are usually minimal. In addition, steel is one of the most affordable construction materials and is often less expensive than wood framing. Steel fasteners, panels and accessories are designed for exterior application and last for years with little maintenance. Most siding and roofing panels are backed with a minimum 20-year warranty. There is nothing to paint and no wood to rot over time.

Steel buildings offer several advantages and are ideal for several different applications. Retail, agricultural and warehouses are just a few of the different areas where steel excels. The material is one of the lightest and easily spans incredible distances. This allows owners to maximize the use of their floor space as there are fewer load-bearing walls and obstructions. Steel is also a cost-effective choice and is among the most affordable building materials. Because efficient insulation systems are compatible with steel wall and roof panels, owners save money on utility bills.