Many people presume that metals must not be environmentally friendly as we often associate them with big machinery and big machinery with a negative impact on the environment. However, the truth is that many metals are naturally occurring and extremely recyclable.
Aluminium, for example, is one of the most environmentally friendly metals on the planet. The “grey gold” is the second most abundant metallic element in the earth’s crust (after silicon) and now the world’s second most used metal.
Did you know that 75% of the aluminum that has ever been made is still in use? This is because the metal can be recycled over and over again. Furthermore, aluminum can be melted down and recycled without any loss of quality or properties. The University of Delft’s findings reinforces the high quality of recycled aluminum. The university proved that aluminum used in building and construction has a recycling rate between 92% and 98%. Moreover, when using the correct technology, the quality of this recycled product is equal to the primary metal.
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Aluminium is essential to green building
Buildings are among the largest artifacts produced by men. As such they consume large quantities of materials, land, energy, money and human effort; resources which we used to consider to be inexhaustible or infinitive but have now been found to be quite limited. We are starting to realize that these resources will run out, in some cases sooner than later. Buildings are often conceived as during forever, but in fact, the end of the life of the buildings is inevitable. So, it is important to think about the full life cycle of a building from design and construction, operation, maintenance, refurbishment and final demolition.
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Realizing the concept of sustainability in the building sector presents a challenge for architects, planners, and engineers. Structures must be functional and efficient during their lifetime while fulfilling economic, social, technical, and ecological requirements. A significant factor in this process is the selection of the building material itself, which must be of high-quality while, durable, recyclable as well as cost and energy efficient. In these aspects aluminum has a high potential.
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Aluminium is a big part of a greener future
As we strive for a more energy-efficient future, aluminum continues to provide innovative solutions and competitive advantages for businesses and consumers.
At ETEM, each project is treated as a "shell" that aims to improve the quality of life, of the people who live in it. It’s a priority, from the beginning until today, to understand the needs of the customer.
Green buildings, staffed with ETEM systems, are efficient in terms of resources, energy, and materials while creating a pleasant living environment for the end-user.
Through its expanded product portfolio but also with its experience from very demanding projects in the past, ETEM offers confidence for every possible project in the future.
Sources: greenhomebuildermag.com, recycling.world-aluminium.org, www.aluminum.org, op.europa.eu