EcoSteel Builds an Honest Steel Home for 3030 House Project | Home Design Find

Home Design Find

1 Comment »

EcoSteel Builds an Honest Steel Home for 3030 House Project

EcoSteel2 green

For an open-plan 30 square foot house, Architect Gregory La Vardera’s client in Maryland wanted a comfortable super energy-efficient home for a demanding climate, but all steel, and with an openly industrial vibe. He got one that is 60% more energy-efficient, due to the building technique.
EcoSteel9 green

Steel buildings have been around for at least 50 years in the US, both for commercial buildings as well as for homes, have been built with the construction concealed behind a facade that gives no clue about their industrial underpinnings. Over the last 12 years, EcoSteel has built economical steel structures that allow architects more freedom in their design.

EcoSteel3 green
But now, architects are beginning to leave the construction techniques particular to steel building with steel cladding exposed.
EcoSteel5 green

As more people become aware of the energy efficiency of building with steel, its industrial basis is exposed with sometimes brutal honesty, by way of a token of appreciation.

The company now specializes in remote location and LEED Certified construction projects that take advantage of the efficiency of some aspects of prefab construction, but have no size limits. So their system has no limitations of size or design style and their building package is a pre-manufactured kit of parts that packs flat and assembles on-site.

EcoSteel green
This home uses a wavy steel cladding. Ecosteel’s pre-insulated steel panels are filled with their non-CFC polyurethane foam.

EcoSteel4 green

Of course, additional insulation can be added inside, as here. These are manufactured in a uniform pressure laminating process that bonds metal facings to rigid insulating foam cores, so that the whole thing can be used for very fast and efficient building.

EcoSteel6 green
The metal building industry is taking over eco prefabs now, but has a long history in the sort of rudimentary industrial buildings that we are familiar with, because of their extreme economy.

If designers and architects can just capitalize on the strengths of steel, this will be a good thing for the future, bringing experience to our new found understanding of the need for energy efficiency and economy in home building.

You can receive our articles for free in your email inbox or subscribe to our RSS feed. Just enter your email below for the email subscription:

| Buy | Print

One comment so far to “EcoSteel Builds an Honest Steel Home for 3030 House Project”
  1. EcoSteel Builds an Honest Steel Home for 3030 House Project | Furniture Design Trends Says:

    […] This is a post from Home Design FindEcoSteel Builds an Honest Steel Home for 3030 House Project […]

Leave a Comment