But, with a new-found responsibility to make a change in the purchasing decisions we make in all things from groceries, to face-wash and all modes of transport, what can be done to ensure that our Home Improvement purchases are also environmentally friendly?
One of the Greenest materials available for Home Improvement’s is in fact aluminium, with windows and doors in this material offering a great sustainable alternative to many of the products on the market. Aluminium is light-weight yet exceptionally strong, so suitable for larger spans of conservatory roofs and windows, plus costs less to transport than steel being much lighter.
Globally, the Aluminium Industry has made great strides during the last century to reduce its environmental impact at all stages of the supply chain. Responsible sourcing and modifications to the extraction processes mean that energy requirements to produce it have reduced by almost 70% since 1900 and its non-toxic properties make it safe for plants, animals and humans.
Due to its complete recyclability, 75% of all aluminium produced since the 1880s is actually still in use, with the ‘bank’ of processed aluminium continuing to grow too, equipping future generations with a low energy resource.
However, the benefits of buying thermally broken aluminium windows and doors aren’t just limited to knowing they have been responsibly sourced, and can be recycled long after their life in your home. Because of their makeup, aluminium double glazed products also offer excellent thermal efficiency, meaning your reliance on carbon emitting heat sources is dramatically reduced, not to mention your energy bills.
As the assessment of environmental impact have and continue to become more sophisticated, it is clear the aluminium construction industry believes totally in the need for responsible sourcing, and continued development of energy efficient processes to ensure the preservation of the earth’s resources for future generations.
So, if you appreciate high quality aluminium powder coated fenestration products which tick all the boxes in terms of the Green Agenda, double glazed aluminium windows and doors are certainly worth your consideration.
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