European Recommendations for Reuse of Steel Products in Single-Storey Buildings

Using reclaimed structural steel members on a project is an effective strategy to reduce the environmental impact of a building by eliminating the energy required to recycle steelwork into new structural sections. The RFCS-funded project PROGRESS (PROvisions for GREater reuse of Steel Structures) focused on single-storey buildings, and it identified various reuse scenarios, depending on the form of construction. It also showed how these structures can be designed to facilitate reuse of the structure or its primary components.

The scope of physical reuse of structural steel is limited to:

  • Members to be reused should not be subject to localised corrosion or damage,
  • All members to be reused should come from a building structure first constructed after 1970, which is about the time when the Limit State design became common practice,
  • All salvaged primary members are rolled steel sections. Welded and built-up members are not included in the scope of this document,
  • For members to be reused, they must be recovered in as much of their original intact length as possible, although some additional fabrication and preparation work may be required.

Functional reusability requirements are set out in this publication but the economic value and environmental benefits of reuse are not covered in detail.

This document also addresses the key aspects that designers need to take into account in order to facilitate greater reuse of steel structures and also presents some examples of structural reuse.

The members of project consortium who contributed to the document are:

  • Petr Hradil Finland, VTT
  • Dan Dubina Romania, UPT
  • Ludovic Fülöp Finland, VTT
  • Viorel Ungureanu Romania, UPT
  • Sirje Vares Finland, VTT
  • Florea Dinu Romania, UPT
  • Margareta Wahlström Finland, VTT
  • Raluca Buzatu Romania, UPT
  • Michael Sansom United Kingdom, SCI
  • Markus Kuhnhenne Germany, RWTH
  • Ana M. Girão Coelho United Kingdom, SCI
  • Dominik Pyschny Germany, RWTH
  • Ricardo Pimentel United Kingdom, SCI
  • Kevin Janczyk Germany, RWTH
  • Mark Lawson United Kingdom, SCI
  • Paul Kamrath Germany, PKIR
  • Jyrki Kesti Finland, RUUKKI