Energy efficiency is a key element for building’s sustainability
Aluminium largely contributes to it
Thermally-broken aluminium fenestration systems maximize solar gains during the heating season and aluminium shading devices or shutters reduce over-heating during the cooling season. Aluminium ventilated cladding associated with insulating materials reduce energy needs across all seasons. Aluminium and glass provide the perfect combination to ensure a high level of natural lighting inside buildings. Aluminium is also largely used in photovoltaïc and solar heating systems.
These aluminium-based solutions are used in intelligent facades that can decrease energy consumption in buildings by up to 50% and are also very efficient to upgrade the performance of existing buildings.
The European Aluminium Association joined the BUILD UP initiative as a Partner in January 2010, following an invitation from the European Commission. Replacing the former EPBD Buildings Platform since June 2009, www.buildup.eu is a new environment for building professionals, local authorities and building occupants willing to share their experience on how to cut energy consumption in buildings.