Is Galvanizing Sustainable?

Sustainable development is the social, economic, andenvironmental commitment to growth and development that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. As the social pressure continues to mount to construct the built environment sustainably, specifiers are becoming more invested and analytical in the materials they choose.

Hot-dip galvanizing can contribute positively to sustainable development initiatives because of its maintenance-free longevity, 100% recyclability, minimal environmental impact, and economic savings for future generations. This section includes information about the low environmental impact of hot-dip galvanized steel based on life-cycle assessment (LCA) – an objective, thorough study of a product or material’s greenness. LCA measures energy use and emissions form the cradle (mining of zinc and steel) to the grave (end of life of the galvanized product).

When you couple galvanized steel’s low environmental impact with its superior economic benefits (low life-cycle cost), it is simple to see hot-dip galvanized steel truly is a smart and sustainable construction material.