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Tata Steel using building envelopes to combat climate change

14 January 2013 No Comment

This week in Munich at Bau 2013*, the world’s largest trade fair for architects and construction engineers, Tata Steel will be exhibiting products that demonstrate how steel can be used to combat the greatest cause of man-made carbon emissions.


Did you know…? Around 40% of carbons emissions come from buildings

Around 40% of carbons emissions come from buildings, so it’s no wonder that the issue of sustainability is becoming an increasingly important consideration across Europe in the design of buildings and their operational performance.


As a leading European supplier of pre-finished steel products Tata Steel has a strong position in the design and manufacture of building envelope systems – the façades of buildings – and is developing systems that reduce buildings’ energy consumption dramatically or even transform them into mini power generators.

Visitors of the fair will be able to study the following products from the Colorcoat® range:

· Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® and Colorcoat Prisma® – two sustainable building products that are offered with an unrivalled guarantee

· Colorcoat Renew SC®, which is being demonstrated in the German market for the first time.

All Colorcoat® products can play a significant role in the delivery of more sustainable building solutions. The company’s pre-finished steel products are very durable and aesthetic and are ideally suited to incorporating renewable energy systems.


Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® and Colorcoat Prisma® significantly outperform standard polyester products in terms of long-term durability and aesthetics. Their specification leads to fewer repaints and replacements of the envelope over a building’s lifetime, delivering better value for money and resource usage in the long term.

Both products meet the highest standards of UV and corrosion resistance – RUV4 and RC5 – and are backed up by the market leading Confidex Guarantee, which provides the peace of mind and reassurance of up to 40 years without the need for mandatory inspections or maintenance. High-quality detailing and installation maximise building air-tightness and reduce the amount of energy required to heat or cool a building.

The issue of sustainability is becoming an increasingly important

Using its knowledge, Tata Steel has been investigating ways to use the building envelope more intelligently to harness energy. The latest development, Colorcoat Renew SC®, is a transpired solar collector that is fitted on new or existing buildings as an additional skin and provides a free source of renewable energy.


Heat is collected and drawn in through a perforated surface and can be either fed directly into a building as ventilated air or ducted into a heating and ventilation unit to be used as a pre-heater to the main heating system. It has the potential to save up to 50% on heating costs with little or no impact on the environment.

With nearly 50 years experience supplying pre-finished steel for building envelope applications, Tata Steel has a detailed understanding of the development of buildings and how to optimise the performance of Colorcoat® products and the building envelopes they become part of.

‘Together we make the difference’

Henrik Adams, Chief Commercial Officer at Tata Steel in Europe, said:

“We are committed to working closely with our customers to help improve the environmental impact of buildings, offering solutions that deliver in terms of long-term performance and value in use. To encapsulate our commitment Tata Steel has coined its new motto:

‘Together we make the difference’. This is the aim we have in mind when we provide advice and guidance to improve sustainability by maximising air-tightness and optimising natural light in buildings.”

Heinz Hempowitz, Sales and Marketing Director for the Building Envelope Sector at Tata Steel, said:

“We have the knowledge and understanding of building design and the way our products can be integrated within the building envelope to optimise the performance of a building over its lifetime.”

We provide a range of products to make buildings more energy efficient and our latest products, including Colorcoat Renew SC®, are designed to harness energy, turning buildings into energy generators and bringing the goal of zero carbon buildings ever closer. Here is a tangible example of how Tata Steel, together with its construction industry customers, can make the difference in combating climate change.”

* The Tata Steel stand at Bau 2013 (January 14-19, München Messe exhibition centre) can be found in Hall B2, stand 411.

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