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Why Green Building is so Important

Green Construction Choices Stretch Our Natural Resources

Green building helps protect our planet. Here are just a few of the reasons why green building is so important, other than the cost savings of green buildings.

Green Building Helps Leave a Legacy for Future Generations

Icon of hands protecting the Earth.The goal of all eco-conscious strategies is simple: find ways to meet our present needs without sacrificing future needs.

After all, our resources are finite.

Forests are dwindling.  Urban sprawl gobbles up more undeveloped land acre by acre.  Non-renewable fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal diminish by the day.  Even freshwater resources are ebbing away drop by drop.

Green construction for conservation is no longer an option; it is our obligation to all future generations.

Recycled Building Materials for Green Building

Green frog riding on a red iron steel beam as it is lifted.Choosing to build with long-lasting, eco-friendly, energy-efficient building products will:

  • Preserve natural resources
  • Dramatically reduce energy consumption
  • Promote good health and productivity
  • Improve comfort and indoor air quality
  • Decrease dependence on foreign fuel imports
  • Stretch landfill space
  • Attract eco-conscious customers and renters
  • Reduce greenhouse emissions
  • Conserve water
  • Pay off financially by lowering operating costs

Building Green Starts with Recycled Steel

Green construction starts with recycled steel framing, creating energy-conserving buildings like these:

  • Businesses
  • Churches
  • Farms and ranches
  • Homes
  • Industries
  • Municipal structures
  • Recreational buildings
  • Schools

Why Recycled Rules the Market Today

Steel is considered a green building supply because it is 100% recyclable.  In fact, steel is the most recycled material in the world.

Using Recycled Steel Saves Energy

It takes far less energy to melt and recycle steel than to create virgin steel from iron ore.  Every ton of steel recycled saves 642-kilowatt hours of energy— 10.9 million Btu’s of energy.

Recycled steel saves enough energy every year to power 18 million households for 12 months.

Recycling Steel Saves Resources

Quote about steel being the logical and responsible choice for green building.choiceDid you know that every ton of recycled steel conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone?

In addition, the more steel we recycle, the less products end up in overcrowded landfills. In fact, every ton of steel that is recycled— rather than discarded— saves almost 250 cubic feet of landfill space.

Framing for a 20,000 sq. ft. commercial steel building is produced from the recycled steel from about 50-60 junked cars. On the other hand, wood framing for the same building would sacrifice ten acres or more of forest.

With RHINO steel buildings, 100% of the steel framing and steel cladding is recyclable at the end of the structure’s lifecycle.

In addition, the more builders that choose steel framing over wood framing, the more live trees are available to replenish our atmosphere with life-sustaining oxygen.


The king of recycled building materials is recycled steel.

Depend on RHINO as Your Green Building Supply

Help save the planet!  Build eco-friendly, energy-efficient, prefabricated steel structures from RHINO.

Call today for details on how you can build green with RHINO steel buildings.

Speak to a RHINO steel building specialist now by calling 940.383.9566.

(Updated 9-30-2021.  Originally published 4-3-2015.)