Energy efficiency is one of the key features of steel buildings. This is part of the reason they became a popular code-approved solution for constructing structurally sound buildings, ranging from agricultural and industrial applications to commercial and residential use.
There are many ways steel buildings exemplify their energy-saving quality. To start with, their production takes up little energy and uses recycled water which also makes them a green solution. Also, since their components are lightweight they are very easy to transport, requiring lesser deliveries, equating to reduction in fuel usage and less carbon emissions. Once built, they create a watertight envelope and they also allow for the installation of continuous insulation and ventilation. These things, of course, help prevent leak penetration and better air circulation indoors, thereby reducing too much reliance on HVAC use.
If you own a steel building, it is likely that you are aware of your structures energy-saving capabilities. And by now, you are surely enjoying the benefit of reduced monthly energy costs. But, why stop there when you can further improve such excellent quality of your building by topping it off with a cool roof? SHS Roofing professionals say, “Roofs are also very expensive, usually costing thousands of dollars. Roofs should last at least a few decades, if not more. This makes selecting the right roofing product of the utmost importance.”
Cool roof in brief
Basically, a cool roof is a covering system that works just like a mirror. That is, instead of absorbing the heat coming from the sun, it simply reflects it back into the space, thereby keeping the temperature of the roof surface lower and thus reducing the amount of heat that is transferred indoors. The coolness level of a roof is largely determined by two properties: solar reflectance and thermal emittance. Both factors are gauged on a scale of zero to one, with one having the highest reflective or emissive quality. [Read more…]