Today, even without the inclusion of the waste carbon emitted during the manufacturing of building materials, the built environment is responsible for more than 40% of global carbon emissions. Opportunities to reduce this, and to boost efficiency and save cost through the pre-fabrication or re-use of materials, are being lost. This, in turn, means that living and working spaces that combine affordability with sustainability are often beyond reach. Only a privileged few have access to high quality, highly functional spaces like this. How could this have happened?

The reason is that until now, there has been no reliable, authoritative guidance that would enable improvement. Steligence®, an innovative, peer-reviewed, science-based philosophy designed to help the construction industry create efficient, cost-effective and sustainable buildings, aims to change that.

“We developed the Steligence® concept because we fundamentally believe that we can help architects, engineers and property developers to collaborate to build more sustainable, cost-effective buildings.”

- Greg Ludkovsky, head of global R&D.

Steligence® promotes a holistic approach to construction. Contrasting with the relatively separate way in which the various disciplines within architectural and engineering practices have worked in the past, it aims to bring teams together, and to consider buildings in an integrated way, as ‘living’ entities. This type of approach enables multiple benefits when applied in combination with ArcelorMittal’s full range of best-in-class steel construction products. These include column-free internal spaces which permit better layout flexibility; steel foundation solutions with less than half the weight of conventional structures; improved speed of construction when compared with concrete equivalents, and ultimately, reduced cost of ownership.

From a sustainability point of view, Steligence® sets out not only to promote construction products made from recycled steel, but also to encourage architects and engineers to design their buildings with end-of-life disassembly and reassembly in mind. The company aims to showcase this approach by applying it to its planned new HQ in Luxembourg, scheduled to break ground in 2020.