Environmental design

Many building are designed for optimum daylight, low carbon footprint and low energy ratings, often achieved passively. This section explores molybdenum’s contribution:

ABC sustainability

ABC illustrations


Stainless steel selection

Bioclimatic facades


Molybdenum and sustainability

How does moly contribute?

Sustainable development case studies

Federal Building, San Francisco
Sunscreens greatly reduce the need for air conditioning in buildings. The Federal Building in San Francisco was built with computer-controlled stainless steel sunscreens which, together with natural ventilation, reduce the energy needed to cool the building by two-thirds. The molybdenum-containing stainless steel is highly corrosion resistant and is specified for a design life of 100 years.