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Constructing the Sustainable Path Forward

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Constructing the Sustainable Path Forward

Patrick M. Muessig, Azon USA, Inc., Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Track: MANAGEMENT ISSUES - Sustainability and Recycling

ABSTRACT—In building and construction, energy codes have long been viewed as
an adversary of aluminum, but as these prescriptive codes give way to green and
sustainability initiatives aluminum can once again reign supreme. To do so, cradle-tocradle
performance needs to be the focus of all aluminum proponents. As such, we
must not allow the industry to dictate greenliness solely on how fenestration performs
once installed, but to examine how that product came to be and what will happen to it
once the structure is demolished. It is only then that we can have a clear view of the
effect one material has on the environment vs. another. This paper will probe into how
the energy savings of the most current designs and recycled aluminum compare to that
of the existing prescriptive U-factors, and how other products compare under the same
analysis. It will also examine the importance of the aluminum industry being the
advocate for the inclusion of this holistic analysis in all environmental rating systems,
and the ramifications of the continued acceptance of the current approach.

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