Industrial conglomerate ArcelorMittal is championing a new approach regarding the use of steel in construction.
Named Steligence, the concept treats buildings as holistic entities and integrates all elements of design, calling for greater dialogue between specialist architectural and engineering disciplines.
It also purports the use of cutting-edge technologies to produce steel parts for buildings, including modularisation which would create efficiencies when compared to traditional design and construction methods.
ArcelorMittal also wants designers to consider the recyclability and re-usability of steel, and says that buildings designed with a Steligence approach can be assembled easily and quicker than traditional methods.
Greg Ludkovsky, ArcelorMittal's Global Head of Research and Development, said: “Buildings play a huge part in all our lives, so creating a construction concept that improves their social, economic and environmental impact while dramatically enhancing their functionality and aesthetics has been a huge but important challenge.
“By combining this R&D with extensive consultation of leading players in the construction industry, we have landed on a radical new approach to construction which is underpinned by a clear philosophy: to build a sustainable business around a sustainable construction industry that delivers for future generations.”
As well as sustainability benefits, ArcelorMittal says that it is possible for a building of a certain height to contain more storeys as its new approach to design, one of 10 key benefits it outlines in its announcement of the concept.