Innovations around sustainability lead the metal roofing charge for change.
The built environment is responsible for 40% of the world’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and utilise one third of the world’s resources. With these alarming numbers, embracing sustainability in buildings is no longer an option – it is a necessity.
The South African SANS 10400 energy-efficiency standards are not only an incentive, but a requirement that will drive innovation in design and construction practices in the building industry. And a well-designed roofing system forms a critical part of the total building’s durability and service life.
For roofing, sustainability is associated with using fewer raw materials while delivering a longer lifespan, and being efficient in a functional sense.
- The technology used to manufacture aluminium-zinc coated steel roofing provides a lifespan of up to four times longer than alternative coatings on steel.
- Steel-roofing also accommodates solar panels and water harvesting systems without compromising the weather-proof performance of the roof.
- Steel roofing is more thermally-efficient than roof tiles when using insulation.
- The ease of over-roofing or retrofit of insulated steel will be an increasingly important decision driver for architects and building owners.
Safintra has secured the sole distribution rights to the world’s most widely-specified above-roof clamp range, called S-5!, a unique non-piercing system that enables panels, aerials and wind-breaking devices to be attached above the roof with no compromise to its weather-proofing performance.
Sally Stromnes, marketing manager of Safintra Roofing and Steel, says: “We will continue to drive innovations which raise the bar in metal roofing solutions. With the focus on sustainability, it is inevitable that metal roofing will become the material of choice for property owners. Our mission, to ‘make a world of difference’, remains more relevant today than ever.”