Shutterflex window louvres and shutters are manufactured from Australian aluminium, one of the most sustainable metals around. It is recyclable, and studies have shown that over two-thirds of all the aluminium ever produced is still in use today and that 95% of the aluminium used in buildings gets recycled. The durable qualities of the metal and the existence of recycling infrastructure means that any aluminium product can always be recycled and reused for the manufacture of something else again.
Today’s soft drink can could very well form part of tomorrow’s sunshade!
Aluminium is lightweight, and combined with its durability, can result in dramatic fuel and emissions savings during project installations and also makes it cheaper and easier to transport and handle on-site. There’s also a human sustainability aspect, as by being easier and lighter to handle, aluminium window louvres also reduce the risk of manual handling injuries.
A significant volume of wasted building materials goes into landfill sites at a cost to both the economy and the environment, and others are recycled at a cost to the community. Aluminium is recycled in a way that pays for itself because it can usually be recycled in a single process that uses up to 95% less energy than the initial creation of the metal from raw ore (bauxite).
As almost all aluminium used in construction is recycled, the considerable energy invested in the production of primary aluminium is effectively constantly reinvested into other products. The aluminium industry is also working to increase their energy efficiency and lower the emissions of the aluminium production process through developing new technologies.
Aluminium’s versatility includes the capacity to be finished in a wide variety of ways, such as a timber grain finish produced through a photo imaging process, creating a product that looks like timber while reducing the pressure on our forest resources for construction timber.
“Aluminium recycling thus not only represents good urban house-keeping, it provides major energy benefits today and tomorrow.” Professor Thomas E. Graedel, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science