With the increasing interest in aluminium as the 21st Century sustainable material of choice, the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) was invited to present a keynote seminar at the FIT Show 2013. CAB Chief Executive, Justin Ratcliffe looked at why Aluminium is being used more and more by architects, specifiers, local authorities and homeowners.
The presentation entitled, ’The benefits of using Aluminium in Building’ drew on evidence from CAB’s own quarterly state of the market research and the FIT Show itself to provide evidence of both aluminium's resistance to the current economic climate and how the 100% recyclable metal is increasingly being incorporated into Fabricators’ range of products. One of the most encouraging signs, from a market confidence point of view, in CAB’s most recent survey was that members indicated there would be even greater capital investment in property, plant & equipment and research & development over the next year than in the previous 12 months.
Several thousand visitors to the Show at Telford saw aluminium windows, doors and curtain wall systems, aluminium conservatories, aluminium conservatory ‘warm roof’ solutions, aluminium balustrade systems, and aluminium composite doors on display. For the homeowner specifically, aluminium is considered a clean, aesthetically pleasing material with a long life expectancy. This perception is further reinforced by specifiers who increasingly use aluminium curtain walls, windows and doors on high rise buildings, especially luxury apartment blocks. Aluminium also offers some of the slimmest sight lines of all materials adding to its perception as a light material but with the added benefit of being one for good security.
For more information about CAB and the benefits of membership, which is open to anyone in the commercial aluminium supply chain or aluminium home improvement sector, please contact Julie Harley at the CAB office on01453 82 8851 or email firstname.lastname@example.org