For producing building materials of any type does require energy inputs, materials, waste outputs and emission. The key towards sustainable development can be started to lower down the environmental impact upon producing a product. This is achieved through optimizing manufacturing. More objective measures and transparency have been pushed by specifiers, especially those committed towards sustainable development.
The fact is Hot Dip Galvanizing steel does come with several environmental benefits which can help to minimize the overall impact to the environment over the project’s life.
Abundant, Natural Materials
It is from two naturally found elements that are found in abundance like iron ore and zinc that Hot Dip Galvanizing steel is created from. The base metal is iron ore (steel), which is regarded to be the fourth most found element within the Earth’s crust. Hot Dip Galvanizing Coating comprises of about 98% of zinc is considered to be a healthy, natural metal. Zinc of over 5.8 million tons is being cycled naturally through the environment. This is done by rainfall, animal and plant life, as well as another natural phenomenon.
Zinc is also regarded to be essential to life. It is required by humans and even microorganisms to survive. It is equally crucial for growth since it plays a significant role in cell growth, division and wound healing. An important role is also played in the regular functioning like digestion, breathing, cognition and reproduction. Zinc, among all micronutrients, is said to have a very strong effect upon the immune system, thereby helping to fight infection and preventing diseases. It is also used in fertilizers for promoting growth and fortifying crops.
With zinc being found naturally in the environment and cycled throughout, using HDG steel is not likely to introduce any kind of harmful or disruptive elements to the overall eco-system.
Steel and zinc being both abundantly naturally found are infinitely recyclable. There is found no loss of chemical or physical properties. It effectively means instead of getting down-cycled into the other types of products or its uses, they can be repeatedly used as steel and zinc, without their integrity getting compromised. Hence, when taking into consideration HDG steel’s life cycle assessment, this can be termed to be a cradle to cradle product. This is because no ‘grave’ exists for steel or zinc.
The other wonderful benefit towards minimising the environmental impact is HDG steel’s 100% recyclability aspect. Its primary components, steel and zinc can be recycled, which is held crucial. Two recyclability measures do exist which will define ultimately the positive contribution made towards the environment, namely, reclamation rate and recycling rate.
- Reclamation rate is said to measure the number of times, the product has been recycled at the end of the useful life.
- Recycling content can be termed to be the volume of product which is produced from the different recycled sources.
The world’s most recycled material is steel, while zinc boasts of having high reclamation rate. Thus, it leads to having a higher recycling rate, since the reclaimed steel and zinc is put back to use once again. When HDG steel is concerned, structural steel’s recycling rate is much better, over 90%. Zinc’s recycling rate is much lower since not much zinc is available for reclamation purpose for creating a recycled product. It is its longevity and durability factor that allows it to be used for decades.
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