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Steel spurs productivity improvements in construction

Jun. 05, 2018

Why do we need to promote steel use in construction?

Put simply the market share of structural steel frames in many countries is under pressure from competing materials. Take the UK market, for example, the chart below shows how the market share for structural steel frames has evolved since 1980.

Steel spurs productivity improvements in construction

This is wrong on so many counts from the recyclability of steel and its environmental benefits to the flexibility of design and ease of use. Steel is the material of choice for construction in the future and we need to re-educate a whole generation of new architects and specifiers about these benefits.

And the opportunity is immense as the population grows and new cities are planned.

Last week we had a successful conference in London. For those of you who could not attend we had speakers addressing the following major themes:

Improving construction industry productivity – Increasing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digitisation is essential for increasing productivity in construction.

Increasing downstream collaboration – Collaboration between the steel industry, partners, and customers is key to successfully promoting the use of steel in construction.

Amplifying steel’s competitive advantage in construction – For example, fire is not a disadvantage to steel anymore – information and technical education are vital.

Improving coordination among steel construction bodies – constructsteel will act as a central focus coordinating the work of technical, academic and promotion bodies reducing duplication.


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