Hot-dip galvanizing can contribute positively to sustainable development initiatives because of its longevity in corrosion protection, 100% recyclability, and minimal environmental impact. The hot-dip galvanized coating is comprised of over 98% zinc metal. Zinc is a naturally occurring element commonly found in all living organisms, and is essential to life. Zinc, like steel, is 100% recyclable without the loss of any properties. Additionally, because galvanizing provides maintenance-free corrosion protection for 50+ years, it does not require additional energy, materials, or environmental impact expended to constantly maintain the coating.
The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) worked in conjunction with the International Zinc Association (IZA) to produce a life-cycle assessment (LCA) for hot-dip galvanized steel. Additionally, the AGA continues to explore ways in which hot-dip galvanized steel can contribute LEED points.
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