Sustainability is important today and will play an important role for everything that we do for the future. Galvanizers Association, alongside our European counterparts, began our response to the challenge of sustainable construction in 2004 with the engagement of Professor Fabio Iraldo (Bocconi University, Milan) to research and document the demands of green procurement and other drivers of the sustainable building agenda.
The results of that study led to a number of initiatives including the production of ‘Galvanizing and Sustainable Construction – A Specifiers’ Guide’, in conjunction with Tom Woolley in 2008.
There has also been the publication of an EPD on batch galvanized steel – EN ISO 1461 in 2016. Our work within sustainability continues with an up and coming update to our specifiers’ guide, which will be published in early 2020.
A key focus within our sustainable strategy should be that of extending the durability and usability of existing materials. This should lead to a rethink on size and design that enables smaller modular structures to be easily demounted, reused or recycled.