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IHE & Steel

In 1996 the founders of IHE embarked on a new adventure by becoming the first production oriented, steel framing company in San Diego, California, USA.

Through that process, we learned a great deal about steel framing, including the simplicity in constructing and the quality obtained in the finished product by constructing housing and buildings out of light-gauge steel.

In addition, we discovered the world’s demand for affordable housing was not being met and that the world was seeking an alternative to the slow and often problematic method of building houses with concrete and block.

IHE was then established to work in partnership with the global community to provide high quality, affordable housing to a world in need. We export steel homes around the world.

Why Steel?

  • Steel is lighter yet “dollar for dollar” structurally stronger than other framing materials like wood, concrete and block
  • Steel provides the highest strength to weight ratio of any building material
  • Steel is 100% recyclable and is the most recycled construction material on earth
  • Steel is non-combustible (NFPA statistics show that wood is the third most commonly first-ignited material).
  • Steel is insusceptible to termites and other pests
  • Steel does not rot, warp, split, crack or creep
  • Steel is dimensionally stable (steel is straight, does not expand or contract with moisture content).
  • Steel is made of nearly 75% recycled material
  • Steel can be erected by a low-skill level work force
  • Steel has nearly limitless design flexibility
  • Steel’s spanning capabilities exceeding 100’ can virtually eliminate load bearing walls to create large open spaces