House Steel Framing Method Recycles Cars

A proprietary building method that’s 259 percent more energy efficient than Energy Star requirements? That’s what Bruce Carpenter, owner and CEO of Inergy Homes, claims to have developed with his new steel-frame building technique.

According to Carpenter, Inergy homes reduce CO2 emissions by 76 percent when compared with traditional construction by utilizing galvanized steel made from 90+ percent recycled steel from junk vehicles. The average Inergy home uses the equivalent of 3.8 junk cars in recycled steel and saves 3.5 truckloads of logs from being harvested.

Inergy Homes steel-framing

image via Inergy Homes

The steel framing is combined with radiant barrier sheathing and continuous exterior ridged insulation. The procedure, according to the builder, relies on the radiant barrier sheathing, which blocks 85 percent of heat loss during winter months and prevents 97 percent of heat transfer from the sun in the summer. The radiant barrier insulation reportedly creates homes that are 17.2 percent more energy efficient than required by building codes.

Other benefits these homes reportedly get from this construction technique include superior strength and durability, requiring no maintenance. The framing is also, according to Carpenter, fireproof, lightweight and doesn’t warp, bend, twist, split or rot like wood.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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