- Council for Aluminium in Building -

Sustainability Takes Centre Stand at Interbuild

Working with the organisers of Interbuild the Council for Aluminium in Building are pleased to be attending Interbuild 2006 held on April 23rd to 27th and heading up the centre piece for the aluminium in construction feature in conjunction with the Aluminium Federation - Alfed. Both membership organisations wish to promote their services to the industry sector whilst offing a drop-in area for specifiers where any questions of the use of aluminium in construction can be fielded. The 42 square metre stand will designed to be a networking area for visitors and association members whilst also explaining the benefits both organisations can offer the industry and its membership.

It is apparent that aluminium is growing in popularity as the number one choice of window material for new executive homes. This trend has been felt most in London where virtually all new high rise residential properties use aluminium windows and doors. This trend has now spilt over into replacement products for existing homes and refurbishment projects where slim lines and security are of paramount importance.

CAB Members are also seeing a marked increase in enquiries for new housing sites where aluminium windows are being offered as an upgrade package to the traditional timber or PVCu windows fitted as standard. There are also enquiries for traditional new housing sites where the choice has been made to offer aluminium windows as the standard installed product.

Today's aluminium windows and doors now incorporate some very sophisticated thermal insulation systems which offer slim lines with strength and good levels of insulation which more than meet the new Document L requirements.

As a direct result of this increase in activity the public are becoming more aware of the benefits in choosing aluminium in preference to the traditional window materials in the market. Whilst aluminium products can be more expensive to purchase they do offer a wide choice of colour, excellent security options and above all the comfort of knowing they will retain their looks and performance for a very long time.

As most responsible homeowners and businesses look to recycle materials today, remember that aluminium is 100% recyclable as we have been well informed on TV. Recycling may be a long time off however, as some of the earliest examples of aluminium windows date from the early 1930s and are still going strong today. It's safe to say that the choice of aluminium as a replacement product could last a lifetime.

When the product eventually is replaced, an average recycling rate of 92% is being achieved as published by Delft University of Technology as part of the Aluminium for Future Generations programme. Some of the most impressive recycling rates were obtained from the Wembley Stadium site which exceeded the average by recycling 96% of the aluminium reclaimed from the building.

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