As with many market sectors, much new product development within the window and door industry is driven by legislation, with HSE and environmental considerations paramount. What happens to a window at the end of its life…..?
Fortunate then that aluminium windows and doors can match these requirements as aluminium is lightweight, offers a high strength to weight ratio, flame resistance and endless recyclability.
Aluminium is also one of the most environmentally friendly metals in use today. One of the major advantages of aluminium is that its recyclability is a characteristic that can be designed into any product, regardless of its use. What starts life as a walkway on a bridge can, in another incarnation, become a window or curtain walling section.
In fact, Aluminium is infinitely recyclable which is why it is often referred to as the “green metal”. Because of this feature, 70% of all aluminium which has ever been produced is still in use.
The properties of the recycled material are no different from the primary metal. In contrast to many other materials, aluminium’s properties never change. However recycled aluminium uses only 5% of the energy used when producing primary metal from raw materials, reducing environmental impacts by 95%.