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Sustainability of Aluminium in Buildings

Aluminium is utilised for a host of applications in building and construction and is the material of choice for curtain walling, window frames and other glazed structures. It is extensively used for rolling blinds, doors, exterior cladding and roofing, suspended ceilings, wall panels and partitions, heating and ventilation equipment, solar shading devices, light reflectors and complete prefabricated buildings.

The reasons for this sustainable success, including aluminium cradle to cradle lifecycle and its contribution to energy efficiency of buildings, are explained in the new brochure “Sustainability of Aluminium in Buildings”. To download the brochure in you preferred language, click hereafter:

Sustainability of Aluminium in Buildings (e-magazine)
Sustainability of Aluminium in Buildings
Sostenibilità dell’alluminio in edilizia
L’aluminium dans les bâtiments, une solution durable
Nachhaltigkeit von Aluminium in Gebäuden
La sostenibilitad del aluminio en la edification
Duurzaamheid van aluminium in gebouwen
Η βιωσιμότητα του αλουμινίου στο κτήριο

Why choosing windows requires personalised advice?

In the context of the European Commission’s window energy labelling proposal, European Aluminium invites you to have a look at the animation explaining why choosing windows requires personalised advice.

Because more than 90% of windows sold in the EU are not standard products purchased in point-of-sales, but are products made to measure for specific projects and installed by professionals, they should be optimized according to site-specific aspects: window sizes, façade orientations, climate conditions and adaptive elements like solar shading devices.

European Aluminium advocates for seeing the European Commission proposal evolving in that direction.

   Watch the German version
   Watch the French version

Sustainability assessment of windows and curtain walls

This study assesses and compares the sustainability aspects of different window and curtain wall framing materials: Aluminium, timber, timber-aluminium and PVC for windows and aluminium, timber and timber-aluminium for curtain walls. The whole life cycle, from manufacturing to use phase and to end of life, is considered. Based on the overall sustainability assessment, it is shown that each framing material presents pros and cons with no clear winner.

Sustainability assessment of windows and curtain walls – Executive summary
Nachhaltigkeitsbewertung für Fenster und Fassadeelemente – Executive summary – NEW!

Energy Performance of Buildings: Renovation Case Studies

To illustrate how the energy performance of existing buildings can be upgraded with aluminium-based solutions, the European Aluminium Association compiles renovation case studies and performs simplified life-cycle-assessments focusing on greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings examined so far are located in Denkendorf (D), Thessaloniki (GR) and Zeist (NL). The three analyses concluded CO2 payback periods in the range of one to five years. An independent expert has been involved in order to secure the scientific validity and technical quality of the results. To access detailed presentations, click hereafter:

CO2 Payback of renovation of Denkendorf City Hall
CO2 Payback of renovation of G.Papanikolaou Hospital in Thessalonoki
CO2 Payback of renovation of Torenflat social apartments in Zeist

CPR Guidance for Aluminium Doors, Windows and Curtain Walls

The Construction Products Regulation – CPR (EU 305/2011) entered into complete force on the 1st of July 2013. It replaces the former Construction Products Directive – CPD (106/89 EEC). As obligations for manufacturers changed, the European Aluminium Association (EAA), in cooperation with the Federation of European Window and Curtain Walling Manufacturers (FAECF), developed several documents to assist this transition.

Guideline for MANUFACTURERS of doors, windows and curtain walls

Construction Products Regulation Guideline for Aluminium Doors, Windows and Curtain Walls
Linee guida del CPR per porte, finestre in alluminio e facciate continue
Leitlinie zur Bauproduktenverordnung für Aluminiumtüren, -Fenster und Vorhangfassaden
Guía de aplicación del Reglamento de Productos de Construcción a puertas, ventanas y fachadas ligeras de aluminio
Richtlijn voor aluminium deuren, ramen en vliesgevels volgens CPR

EU languages glossary for MANUFACTURERS

EU languages glossary

Quick guide for ARCHITECTS, CONTRACTORS, SPECIFIERS ordering doors, windows and curtains walls with CE marking

Quick guide

Metals for Buildings, Essential & fully Recyclable

The METALS FOR BUILDINGS alliance was launched to promote the unique strengths of metal products for sustainable and recyclable buildings. The alliance’s leaflet explains the benefits of using metals in buildings and how to best measure their recyclability. The brochure particularly stresses the higher relevance of the “end-of-life recycling rate” indicator rather than the “recycled content” indicator to reflect the recycling performances of metal building products.

METALS FOR BUILDINGS, Essential and fully Recyclable
LES METAUX DANS LE BATIMENT, Essentiels et 100 % recyclables
METALLE IN GEBÄUDEN, Unentbehrlich und vollständig wiederverwertbar
METALES PARA LA CONSTRUCCIÓN, Esenciales y totalmente Reciclables

Collection of Aluminium from Buildings in Europe

The high intrinsic value of aluminium is a major economic incentive for its recycling. Indeed, aluminium scrap can be repeatedly recycled without any loss of value or properties. Furthermore, the energy required is a mere fraction of that needed for primary production, often as little as 5%, yielding obvious ecological benefits. A study by Delft University of Technology revealed aluminium’s considerable recycling potential in the building sector. Aluminium collection rates from a cross-section of commercial and residential buildings in 6 European countries were found to be in excess of 92%, demonstrating the industry’s commitment to sustainable development.

Study “Collection of Aluminium from Buildings in Europe”