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The Role and Use of Aluminum in “Green” Architecture

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The Role and Use of Aluminum in “Green” Architecture

Joanna Biedronska, Silesian Technical University, Gliwice, Poland
Wojciech Z. Misiolek, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, USA

Track: MANAGEMENT ISSUES - Globalization

ABSTRACT --- There are new challenges facing architects due to recent
ecological and energy conservation recommendations being introduced for new
buildings. This is a significant change in the approach of designing and
constructing buildings, which is going to meet the new building requirements of
the twenty-first century. Modern architecture is often described as humanfriendly,
which is meant to take full advantage of the properties of construction
materials including durability, aesthetics, lack of emissivity, and recyclability.
There are few structural and construction materials that show these engineering
characteristics, as well as allow for the responsible use of natural resources and
respect for the natural environment. There are very specific expectations and
requirements of the architecture and construction industry regarding these
matters. A material of choice needs to have high formability and strength,
allowing for the production of parts with quite unique and complex shapes,
which can also be joined together easily and firmly. The joining requirement is
especially important, due to the need for joining large panels used in building
façades. Today, these panels must be flexible in their functions and very often
are controlled by a computer, which adjusts the internal temperature of the
building. After reviewing all of the technical requirements, the design and
fabrication flexibility, as well as cost, the aluminum extrusion process seems to
be the optimum choice for these types of applications.

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