Standards

Standards help consumers by providing reliable, consistent and improved product experience. Our technical advocacy covers everything from aluminium alloys and product-related standards to energy and environmental performance.

Aluminium and its alloys

European standards

With the support of the aluminium industry, more than 120 European standards (ENs) for aluminium and its alloys in various forms have already been published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN).

These cover designation systems, chemical compositions, technical conditions for inspection and delivery, mechanical properties, and other specifications for rolled, extruded, cast, forged and drawn products as well as their feedstock. Other standards also cover specific applications, surface treatment, scrap and environmental aspects.

International designations and chemical compositions

International alloy designations and chemical composition limits for Wrought Aluminium, Aluminium Hardeners and Unalloyed Aluminium, respectively known as the Teal, Grey and Gold sheets, are available for free download on the US Aluminum Association website.

Building

The aluminium industry is involved in more than 20 standardization processes supporting the implementation of the Construction Products Regulation, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and sustainability assessment, to ensure that aluminium’s many advantages are fully reflected in products and buildings performance declarations.

Technical performance

EN14351-1 for external doors and windows, EN16034 for products with fire and/or smoke resisting properties and EN 13830 for curtain walls are ruling the CE marking and declaration of performance for these products under the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and are the starting point to find other relevant standards.

The consolidated list of European harmonised standards published in the Official Journal of the European Union is the best reference for finding information about other building products submitted to a CE marking obligation.

Sustainability

The aluminium industry is participating to the development and revision of standards within the CEN technical committee ‘Sustainability of construction works’ that elaborates methods for the assessment of buildings, including rules for the development of Environmental Product Declaration of construction products (EPDs). European Aluminium is an EPD Programme Operator and is allowed to produce EPDs according to EN15804.

The aluminium industry is also contributing to the development of standards dealing with ‘Sustainability in buildings and civil engineering works’ at the level of the International Standards Organisation.

Structures

The aluminium industry is involved in a dozen of standardization processes dealing with structural applications that contribute to the mechanical resistance and stability of buildings, constructions, engineering works and transport applications.

EN1999, named ‘Eurocode 9’, series of standards are supporting engineers and industry in designing aluminium structures, while EN15088 and EN1090 series are used for assessing conformity of structural components and CE-Marking them under the Construction Products Regulation.

Transport

The aluminium industry has been involved in the development and monitors the revisions of standards dealing with the design and construction of metallic tanks used for the transport of dangerous goods, EN14025 and EN13094. A complementary standard, EN14286, lists suitable aluminium alloys for this application.

Industrial emissions

In the context of the implementation of the EU European Trading Scheme Directive, the aluminium industry participated to a European Commission funded project dealing with monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gases in energy intensive industries that resulted in EN19694 series of standards, whose part 4 deals with the aluminium industry.

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