Aluminium is the optimum material for architectural glazing products, and has practical advantages over all other available choices, including inherent resistance to corrosion and very low whole-life costs. With great energy saving qualities, aluminium is one of the most environmentally friendly products within the construction industry.
Within the building sector vast amounts of aluminium are collected for recycling, with rates as high as 92-98%, and more than 50% of the energy used in aluminium production comes from hydro-electric schemes. Re-smelting aluminium saves up to 95% of the energy needed to produce the primary product. The overall market for used aluminium is steadily growing so the more aluminium there is in a product the better its chance of being recycled.