Why dry building – The privilege of building with steel

Dry building means using historically consolidated construction techniques but with an eye on the future, through a technological and sustainable approach.

Dry construction means using a performance model oriented towards the reliability, durability and safety of steel construction systems.

To date, steel constructions are able to meet most market demands thanks to their versatility, combined with a production process that leads to the creation of multiple applications in the industrial construction sector -which has always been its core business-, of the residential construction and contemporary housing, now in complete evolution.

Why steel

Steel is capable of marrying engineering and architecture to create buildings to be admired that ensure cost-effective investments over time. The spread of steel in buildings began in the second half of the nineteenth century, where the logic of industrial production took place in a sector with a pluri-millennial tradition, based on the use of natural and local materials. In the industrial age, the use of steel has often been called to evoke the power of technology and it is no coincidence that even today, in the collective imagination, steel is described among the materials that have contributed most to the artificialisation process of the world we live in. Having become a commonly used material today, it is necessary to deepen its characteristics and those of the products that derive from its processing, in order to understand the innovation scenarios that can be reached in the different phases of its life cycle, in order to reduce the energy consumption and impacts on the environment.

[“From steel to the city”. Imperadori, 2018]

The advantages

Building in steel is synonymous with quality and value. Building in steel means having the privilege of using industrial construction methods, through a production process aimed at managing all the phases of the building process, from the design of every detail to the control of all variables, optimizing construction and management times resources, waste management, and consequently enhancing an increasingly green and sustainable supply chain.

 

Reduced times: the industrialization of the building process, i.e. all the phases that lead to the construction of the structural elements, allows to reduce construction times by about 60% compared to the times of traditional construction processes. Once the production phase is finished, all the elements are ready to be transported to the construction site and subsequently assembled, optimizing transport, handling and assembly times.

Customization: The high flexibility and versatility of the steel construction systems allows to satisfy any functional and architectural requirement, optimizing the construction in shapes and dimensions completely without standardization, as well as allowing to control, during the design phase, all the variables of the destination end use. Customizing also means managing the claddings in the best way, which today play a decisive role in terms of efficiency and energy saving.

Structural and anti-seismic safety: the safety of metal structures is closely related to the characteristics of steel in terms of elasticity, strength, lightness and ductility, the latter allow to have a seismic-resistant construction system or to achieve a high level of dissipation of energy under the effect of seismic actions. To complete a steel work are the mechanical connections between the metal elements, which have the function of transferring the stresses between the elements up to the foundation and of limiting or canceling the movements of the structure under the effect of horizontal actions, together with the systems bracing.

 

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