Aluminum in Green Buildings

Green Building Development and Certification

Green Building Guidelines

The Aluminum Association developed Aluminum in Green Buildings: A Guide to Green Building Development and Certification with Aluminum Products to assist and support aluminum end-users - architects, designers and engineers - in understanding how aluminum contributes to green building development and achieving certifications like Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED).

The Guide features key information including:

  • Aluminum’s unique properties and building applications
  • Aluminum building products and systems that contribute to credits for LEED® v4 certification
  • North American aluminum’s life cycle environmental performance (Environmental Product Declarations)
  • The North American industry’s sustainability strategies, metrics and major achievements  

To download the Green Building Guidelines, click here.

How The Guide Was Developed

The Guide is based on key requirements of the current, most-commonly adopted green building certifications systems and construction codes. The Guide elaborates how those requirements can potentially be met or exceeded through the use of aluminum products and systemic aluminum solutions. The Guide incorporates the most up-to-date understanding of aluminum’s technological solutions to challenges of the building and construction industries, as well as the results of the aluminum industry’s extensive sustainability research and studies.  


Coated aluminum roofs reflect up to 95 percent of sunlight.

Aluminum is superior to steel and iron in its ability to reflect the infrared (heat) rays of the sun. Properly coated aluminum roofs can reflect up to 95 percent of the solar energy that strikes them, dramatically improving energy efficiency. Aluminum is a key component in LEED-certified green buildings.


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