Over half of the UK’s regulated waste comes from construction. Some of this is generated at fabrication stage, some on site during building, and a good proportion during demolition. The UK government is keen to reduce waste throughout industry in general, and to reduce or abolish the use of toxic or environmentally damaging materials and potentially hazardous waste. Because aluminium is 100% recyclable and non-toxic, the metal has a valuable part to play in improving the environmental performance of the construction industry.
Whole life costing
Increasingly the costing of a project demands that costs be considered for the whole life of a building. Aluminium’s physical properties mean that, once installed, it will last longer and require less maintenance than steel, timber or plastic alternatives, resulting in genuine whole life cost savings.
As a direct result of aluminium’s non-toxic, long-lasting and recyclable attributes, it has a positive effect on an individual or commercial carbon footprint, bringing the use of aluminium gutters directly into the 21st Century.