Worldwide steel buildings are increasing in popularity. In different parts of the world, for industrial, commercial and non-commercial uses, steel structures are being bought and sold in larger and larger quantities, both prefabricated and in customized designs. As new companies enter the markets worldwide steel buildings are becoming the preferred structures for general storage, for specialized warehousing, at ports and on industrial sites, as well as in high traffic, harsh usage environments such as mining and processing.
There is a continuous, never ending need for new buildings for all kinds of purposes, as more and more people move into cities and congregate in larger numbers in every part of the world. Worldwide steel buildings are serving as residences, vacation homes, schools, clinics, houses of worship and office and retail space. They had traditionally been used as factories and as temporary shelters in disaster zones because they could be erected so very quickly. It was only a matter of time until their adaptability and suitability for other purposes was recognised, and they are now being used a permanent structures in some very far away places. The popularity of steel buildings in other parts of the world, is aided by their resistance to extreme weather conditions and many natural hazards.