Aluminium: A Sustainable Choice for Buildings
Aluminium, the third most abundant element on the planet and the most plentiful in the earth’s crust is sustainable and bring significant benefits to the world of construction.
Lightweight but strong and long-lasting
Aluminium weighs roughly a third of the equivalent volume of steel, which makes it great for high rise buildings. Combining it with various alloys can create a strong material for a variety of uses. It is also highly resistant to corrosion, naturally generating an oxide coating which protects it. Surface treatments further improve this, so it continues to look great for many years.
Aluminium: sustainable and reusable
Over 75% of all aluminium produced since the 1880s is still in use today. It can be recycled without loss of quality and the recycling process uses up to 95% less energy than the primary production process. Its relatively low melting point reduces the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process. It also has a great thermal rating which prevents heat loss, thus saving energy.
Incredibly versatile with a great look
There are no end of uses for aluminium in a residential high-rise: Aluminium door and window frames, seamless gutters which don’t leak or drip and balcony decking which is fire resistant, to name but a few. It can be styled to a wide variety of shapes and textures and take colour well, so it looks great in any setting.