As architects and construction companies make the move increasing to designs and techniques that are considerate of the environment, many are finding that a glass plus aluminium combination in window and door systems is an effective method of reducing a building’s carbon footprint in the long run. Here a few of the “green” advantages of such systems.
1. Energy savings
Modern first fix joinery solutions increase the thermal insulation performance, enhancing energy savings by making for airtight, optimum in-house energy efficiency. Aluminum doors and windows are effective barriers against wind and water, making buildings warmer, thereby lowering energy bills and harmful emissions from air conditioning and electricity generation. Even basic systems are designed to meet the requirements for thermal protection of buildings. Glazing typically comprises units with special, often multiple-walled glass, made with tempered glass panes and special films.
2. Easy recycling
As an input material, glass and aluminium are highly recyclable and manufacturers can lower their environmental footprint by reclaiming and processing aluminium scrap. Recycling of aluminium saves 95% in energy consumption and responsible manufacturers will re-use their own. The process of purchasing scrap is governed by rigorous quality control requirements, ensuring that aluminium designated for secondary smelting is not harmful on the environment.
3. Full life-cycle assessment
A product from a leading manufacturer such as Aluprof – https://aluprof.eu/en – is certified by Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certificates—independent, international certification which indicates that a product’s environmental impact is recognised worldwide. Certification takes into account an assessment of the full life-cycle of a product and how it is designed to reduce its negative impact on the natural environment.
4. Long lasting
Since aluminium is highly weather resistant—unlike steel or wood which decay more easily—windows and doors may last up to 30 years. Aluminium and glass systems are durable; UV rays won’t degrade the material and it won’t rot, rust, or bend, thereby leading to being thrown away and contributing to overflowing landfills. These systems handle high temperatures, damp, and rain, and will not warp, crack, or discolour—they are also fireproof.
5. Easy cleaning
Regular cleaning with ordinary soap and water keeps frames and glass looking good. This obviates the need for dangerous, environmentally degrading industrial chemical cleaning compounds, and oil-based solvents such as varnishes used on wood.
A report published by Market Research Future puts the market at a considerable approximate value of $70 billion by 2026, with a 3% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) expected between now and then, so any contribution such as these will go a long way towards saving the planet in the long term.