Based on its maintenance-free durability for 75 years or more in most environments, hot-dip galvanized (HDG) steel has a lower economic cost and environmental impact than paint. It uses a healthy, abundant, and recyclable metal, zinc, to...
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Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel is Green: Life-Cycle Assessment Supports Industry Claim
Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is the study of the environmental impact of a process or product, and includes measurement of energy consumed and all emissions during raw material production and manufacturing of the final product through use and end-of-life (recycling/disposal). An LCA is an accurate and empirical evaluation of how "green" something really is.
Developed in 2009 as part of the Talking Point series to educate legislators and the general public about hot-dip galvanized steel. This 1-page handout discusses how life-cycle assessment (LCA) supports the claim that hot-dip galvanized steel is green. Costs during the production phase, use phase, and end-of life phase are broken down to show the complete life-cycle cost.
Copies of this resource are available for purchase. Architects, engineers, and other specifiers in North America may request a single copy of any publication at no charge, unless otherwise indicated. Multiple copies require a $25.00 (US funds) minimum order, plus shipping and handling. Prepayment is required. (Member galvanizers are not eligible for complimentary printed copies and require a $75.00 minimum order.) Non-member galvanizers must contact the AGA directly at 720-361-4483.