A Marvellous Building Material

The basics of steel architecture trace back to the middle of the 19th century when the first iron bridges and in 1850 the Crystal Palace in London – an iron-glass construction were set up. The constructions revolutionised the building technique with steel construction being one of the first high-tech sectors. This innovation is still today unbowed as stadiums and airports, cable-stayed bridges and multi-storey buildings or the risky, amorphous architecture of Frank O. Gehry, Coop. HIMMELBAU or Massimiliano Fuksas prove.

Steel is a marvellous building material with a lot of terrific advantages. Here you will find the most important ones. For further interesting information please click on the website » www.bauen-mit-stahl.de
Advantages for

  • the architecture
  • the use
  • the building process
  • the profitability
  • the environment


The building material steel means sustainability.

Steel becomes more and more important in enduring building. No other material provides so many advantages in the building process for constructor and environment.

When a decision for a building material is taken, the consequential costs have to be considered more in future as in the life time cycle of a building incur less than 20% of energy consumption and cost in the construction phase, 80% during the utilisation phase and on deconstruction. Steel provides enormous advantages during conversion (high flexibility) due to high span lengths and is of monetary value at the end of the economic durability by reuse and 100 % material recycling.

Steel- and steel composite constructions are characterized by following values:

… for the architecture

  • manifold style
  • innovative building structures
  • elegant, transparent, light and filigree constructions
  • smaller cross-sections
  • ideal use for existing building
  • good possible combination with other materials, for example concrete, glass, membranes, wood
  • a lot of possibilities for installation
  • smaller baseplates by light supporting structure


… for the use

  • high span length for column-free areas
  • high use flexibility
  • easy conversion / modernisation / reconstruction
  • higher effective area per m2 converted space
  • early use due to short construction period
  • durable building structures


… for the building process

  • efficient time- and cost management, including just-in-time operations
  • industrialized building process with typified, prefabricated components
  • industrial quality management
  • dimension accuracy and planning reliability
  • assembly not subject to changes in weather
  • short construction period
  • small site facilities
  • less transport expenditure
  • easy and quick disassembly or reconstruction


… for the financing / profitability

  • monetary value advantage of integrated planning
  • early use due to short construction period
  • less interim financing
  • excellent use of space / bigger rentable area by small cross-section dimensions
  • unproblematic conversion / utilisation by second or third parties
  • better lettability
  • long service life
  • revenue on recycling


… for the environment

  • resource-preserving, industrial production of steel components
  • small site facilities
  • less traffic obstruction in public area
  • less transport expenditure
  • fewer emissions on construction site
  • less area strain / area sealing
  • bridge construction: avoidance of blocking of routes (motorway, waterway)
  • reusability or 100% recycling for a closed substance cycle