CONCRETE AND STEEL CONSTRUCTION

Long before modern steel and concrete construction architecture came to be known in modern engineering, wood, thatch, and cave encompassed the dwellings of that time (Willcox, M. C., &Unitec New Zealand.2007).  In the modern world, both steel and concrete construction engineering are widely used. They have benefits that originate from their product components. Each possesses unique characteristics that are suited for buildings of different kinds depending on customers’ choices. 

Concrete is echoed for its strength in providing a safer environment. Where there is a staircase, electrical cable in a building, a thick wall is constructed to enhance its strength (Willcox, et al 2007). It can withstand heat and explosions as well as maintaining its original structural state. Concrete does not require any reinforcement to meet any fire codes. Naturally, it is capable of withstanding heat of any nature.  While on the other hand, experts argue that steel can be melted when exposed to heat of extreme temperatures, exception is given to structural steel as it can sustain great temperatures, thus providing safety. Both experience great market challenges ranging from product supply to pricing. 

Concrete is echoed for its varied range of shape in structures that can be employed. It is easier to make structures of various shapes by using concrete. On the other hand, steel has much strength in its weight to volume ratio compared to any other building material which gives it a liking among a number of people(Willcox, et al 2007). Concrete buildings should be considered for residential. As per my opinion, they are well suited to withstand heat and explosions. This indicates that safety is guaranteed in case of either fire or terrorist attack.

Reference

Willcox, M. C., &Unitec New Zealand.(2007). Comparison of construction energy of a steel and concrete framed building. C2006.

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