AAMA's AMC releases white paper on aluminum in high-performance building enclosures
Friday, June 16, 2017
Aluminum extrusions used in the manufacture of entrances, storefront framing, curtain walls, windows and skylight fenestration systems play a major role in making high-performing building enclosures more energy efficient and resilient, according to a new white paper released by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). The white paper was created by the AAMA Aluminum Material Council and discusses the use of aluminum in high-performing building enclosures.
Sustainability is a large topic of interest in the paper, noting that the recyclability of aluminum benefits both present and future generations by conserving energy and other natural resources.
The considerable energy and cost invested in the production of primary aluminum can be reinvested into other aluminum products when aluminum is recycled and used in whole or as part of a new product, notes the document.
AMC-2-26, Aluminum in High-Performing Building Enclosures, is now available in the AAMA online store as a complimentary download. More...
Recently, the Aluminum Extruders Council released a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to quantify the “cradle-to-gate” lifecycle environmental impacts of aluminum extrusions. Thirty separate facilities from 11 member companies located across the U.S. and Canada, with more than 85 extrusion presses and a variety of finishing and thermal improvement facilities, were included in the study. In aggregate, extrusion production of 1.7 billion pounds, or about one-third of the North American total for 2015, was covered in the study. For more information, visit www.AEC.org/EPD.