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Construction — Commercial

With almost limitless design flexibility, aluminum extrusions enable sophisticated design features and labor-saving functionality to be readily incorporated into building components. Add the ability to achieve a wide range of decorative finishes via either anodizing or coating with high-performance architectural paints and the environmental benefit of a material that can be readily recycled without loss of properties, and it is clear why extrusions find wide use in the commercial construction environment.


You'll find aluminum extrusions in:

  • Windows & Doors (including hurricane & blast resistant)
  • Curtain Wall
  • Skylights/Rotundas
  • Store Front Systems
  • Atriums & Observatories
  • Canopies & Archways
  • Sun Shades & Louvers
  • Interior partitions & furniture systems
  • ... and many more applications

AEC offers educational courses covering aluminum extrusion use and the evolving green/energy codes in commercial construction. The courses are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs) with a number of organizations and are available to view and download.

  • "Aluminum Extrusions" provides an overview of the characteristics, technical information, and benefits of aluminum extrusions used as a building material with a focus on whole building design, sustainability and application possibilities. View the course here.  To access the presentation on to receive CEU credits, click here.

  • "Using Aluminum Extrusions to Meet the Challenge of Sustainable Buildings" presents an overview of evolving green/energy codes and their impact on the specification of aluminum extrusion-based building components; it also presents alternative thermal management technologies and illustrates how aluminum extrusions can contribute to “green” commercial structures. View the course here. To access the presentation on to receive CEU credits, click here.
For more on aluminum extrusions' contribution to achieving LEED rated projects, click here.

Images: Kawneer/Traco, The Vistawall Group