Steel in the spotlight: 3 reasons we build with steel

Steel – an iron alloy – has been used for thousands of years.

Traditionally associated with industrial buildings, structural steel is becoming increasingly popular in residential construction.

Steel cladding is the obvious choice for EKGO I-Pod tiny houses for three reasons:

  1. It’s strong

Steel takes its name from the Proto-Germanic stakhla meaning “that which stands firm.”

Unlike wood and other organic materials, steel is fire resistant and will not split, rot, or break.

Able to endure high winds, heavy rain and snow, and seismic activity, EKGO’s steel cladding is equipped to withstand New Zealand’s extreme weather.

While plasterboard wears away, steel cladding remains strong, easy to clean, and intact over time with little maintenance.

  1. It’s cheap

As well as saving on maintenance costs, building with steel saves on construction. 

Featuring a high strength-to-weight ratio, steel is both strong and light, aligning with EKGO’s philosophy of staying lightly.

Building with steel cuts down construction time and labour costs.

Its durability requires minimal maintenance, saving repairs and stress further down the track.

  1. It’s environmentally friendly

Steel and iron are the world’s most recycled materials.

  • 80 million tons of steel are recycled each year.
  • 42% of crude steel produced is recycled material.
  • 85% of construction steel is recovered from demolition.

Since any grade of steel can be recycled into top quality new steel, it can be repeatedly recycled as it does not diminish in quality when melted down.

However, there is an environmental impact associated with recycling steel, so it is important to prioritise reusing steel when possible.

EKGO sources its steel from New Zealand companies such as COLORSTEEL who have had an ongoing commitment to the environment for over 40 years.


EKGO I-Pods: Protecting you, protecting the environment.

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