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CAB Talks Green to Architectural Ironmongers

As part of its programme of expanding the reach of its 7 RIBA Approved CPD Seminars, CAB recently presented its popular Module 6 on ‘Economic and environmental concerns’ to the South East Branch of the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) in central London.

CAB Chief Executive, Justin Ratcliffe who presented the seminar explained, “The module explains how aluminium offers practical and aesthetic advantages and crucially that choosing the material for architectural use has very real economic and environmental benefits. The module was an excellent introduction to a complex area and covered energy considerations, environmental impact and sustainability in an objective manner.”

The presentation also made brief reference where relevant to some of CAB’s ongoing sustainability projects including an exciting research project with the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Nottingham. The project would focus on ‘aluminium and durability’ by studying a series of UK buildings that are between 20 and 40 years of age as case studies to discover their condition and try to determine their future life expectancy.

The question and answer session was particularly active with a number of questions about energy use. The Chief Executive highlighted how the International Aluminium Institute had established a number of global sustainability objectives which highlighted the progress. A key example was that between 2006 and 2020 there was a target reduction in energy use per tonne of alumina of 10%. A 9% reduction was achieved between 2006 and 2010. Such reporting of objectives and targets and their success would continue to be publicised and CAB was a key part of this communication in the UK.

For more details of the 7 CAB CPD series see www.c-a-b.org.uk/cpd.php . To book a seminar or for more details about CAB’s activities contact the office on 01453 828851.

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