With the ongoing UK housing shortage remaining at the top of the political agenda the construction industry needs to make the grade while also meeting the requirements of a drive towards buildings with a lower carbon footprint constructed using sustainable resources.
The development of offsite and prefabricated framing methods of construction provide a viable and sustainable route to achieving this goal - and one that West Midlands-based Metsec has been quietly developing for the past few years.
Stephen Tilsley, chief executive of Metsec, says: "Light steel framing is a very effective medium. With house building a national priority, it is not only the methods but also the materials used in the construction of new buildings that will affect CO2 levels.
"In sustainability terms, the innovation of building products will continue to focus on enhancing design for adaptability, maintenance, disassembly and re-use."
Having already secured a prestigious steel industry award from the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) for sustainability, Metsec has continued to push the boundaries in Modern Methods of Construction (MMC).
Today the success of Metsec, which designs and manufactures precision-engineered cold roll formed steel sections for the construction and engineering industry, proves that the road to sustainability is both an economically viable and an attainable one - contrary to some doubters. With a history of pioneering innovation stretching back for more than 75 years, and encouraged by the "One Step Ahead" motto of parent company Voestalpine, the research and product development initiatives of Metsec are essential in maintaining the firms leading position in the majority of its product divisions.
Metsec's approach to green issues has seen it rise above the level of the once-typical metal-bashing image of the industry and enabled it to continue its strong history of growth and success.
This has most recently been recognised across all eight of its sectors when Metsec's manufacturing techniques resulted in a range of accolades, including accreditation to the much-coveted ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.
"Our accreditation applies to those environmental aspects over which companies have control, and over which we are expected to have an influence," says Mr Tilsley.
"Metsec has reduced CO2 emissions by 25 per cent, reduced gas consumption by 37 per cent and reduced electricity consumption by 14 per cent. …