Architectural metals mesh is an innovative and sustainable construction material that combines creativity and efficiency for different types of projects including cladding, facade, and sun-screening. They come in different designs with some being used to offer more than just aesthetic value, but also sustainable and substantial benefits such as transparency, sun control, lighting and LEED points.
How Sustainable are Architectural Metal Fabrics?
Metal fabrics are considered the most sustainable material in terms of how they’re manufactured and specific project application. This is how eco-friendly metal fabrics are.
1. Highly Recyclable Material
One aspect of sustainability for architectural metals is from how they are first made. Typically, the cable and materials of metal fabrics are 60% recycled materials and 40% new materials. In fact, during manufacturing, 100% of the scrap or unused material is recycled. Best of all, metal fabrics are 100% recyclable whenever they reach the end of their life reducing energy and construction costs.
2. Manages Natural Light
Steel or wire mesh walls are a type of metal fabric essentially used to control the amount of light penetrating a building. Offices, in particular, shade is important to create a conducive working environment. Metal mesh walls can help block out artificial light sources and sunlight from entering.
On the other hand, this material allows sufficient daylight to come in, eliminating the need for artificial lighting sources which are often energy-intensive. You get to save on energy bills and improve your energy efficiency.
3. Control Solar Heat Gain and Temperature Balance
Maintaining an optimum temperature in big buildings is not that easy. But with architectural metals such as mesh steel screens, it becomes pretty much simple to reduce heat gain by the building thus creating a conducive room temperature. These materials allows proper circulation of hot and cold air from the building which allows consistent temperature to persist. The energy that could have been used by HVAC to keep a temperature optimum is considerably reduced.
When it comes to modern architectural projects, prioritizing environmental sustainability is an essential element that will ensure proper solar management for improved energy efficiency and ideal working environment for employees, customer and visitors.
Another benefit of using metal fabrics like the architectural mesh is that they require less maintenance; you only need to soft clean the material once a while, especially those used for interior applications because they often attract dust. For exterior projects like building claddings and parking facades, use a high-pressure washing machine to remove the stubborn dust on mesh surface.