Skip to main content

Lightweight, infinitely recyclable, rustproof and extremely durable aluminum is recognized as one of the most sustainable construction materials in use today.

60%+

An estimated 60+ percent of the aluminum used in buildings built today comes from recycled material. 
 

16%

The Building & Construction market for aluminum grew by 16 percent from 2010-2020.
 

1930

The Empire State Building, constructed in 1930-1932, was the first building to make major use of aluminum.

Innovation in Action

With aluminum’s durability, high strength-to-weight ratio, design flexibility and contributions to energy savings, it is the material of choice for architects and designers. Aluminum is playing  a key role in sustainable construction as companies look to environmentally friendly options. 

With its lightweight strength and unmatched corrosion-resistance and durability, aluminum is widely used to build renewable energy platforms like solar panels and wind turbines. 

Aluminum in Green Construction

Aluminum is considered a vital component of sustainable—or green—buildings for several reasons:

  • Contains high recycled content given its infinitely recyclable;
  • Provides optimized energy efficiency performance in all seasons and weather conditions;
  • Enables renewable energy devices—such as solar panels and wind turbines—to be integrated into building envelopes to play dual functions and achieve net zero energy goals;
  • Offers endless design options for architects to design the beautiful, efficient and sustainable buildings; and more.

The Aluminum Association produces a number of resources to support building with aluminum, including Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and green building guides.

Image
95%

Sign up for Aluminum Week

Don’t fall behind! Stay current with a recap of industry news, delivered weekly right into your inbox.

Join Us

Join us at the Aluminum Association to stay one step ahead of industry trends and benefit from global best practices.

Join Today

Aluminum Bookstore

Your one-stop shop for technical articles, publications, standards, data and other information about aluminum.

Shop Now

Buyer’s Guide

Providing all necessary information and comparisons in an easily searchable format so you can find a solution to fit your needs.

View Now