The Aluminium Association took part in the 6th All-Russian Conference Green Office. Green City, which took place in the Smart City pavilion at VDNH. This annual event, dedicated to the development of territories and cities and intended to stimulate the trend for sustainable construction and operation, is arranged by green office club, the Russian Ecological Society and the Social Leadership Development Foundation.
Speaking at the conference, Maria Smykova, Head of the Standardisation Section of the Aluminium Association, has noted that the aluminium-based materials used in the architectural and construction industry meet all the requirements of environmental friendliness and durability, and in terms of the possibility of recycling after disposal, this metal has no equal among other materials.
The expert has recalled that renewable energy from HPP is used to produce low-carbon aluminium (ALLOW brand). The ALLOW's carbon footprint is less than 2.4 tonnes in CO2 equivalent per tonne of aluminium produced, while the global average value of this parameter is about 12.5 tonnes in CO2 equivalent per tonne of aluminium produced. At the same time, about 5% of the electricity required for primary aluminium smelting is spent on remelting the secondary metal. Thus, a significant share of the materials required for the production of building structures is often not associated with subsoil extraction, but is returned to useful turnover.
The Aluminium Association's representative has listed innovative and high-tech aluminium solutions that are in high demand in the construction industry. They include facade cladding panels, ceiling systems (cassette, rack, grid and perforated to create acoustic comfort in rooms) and modular systems with 'warm' and 'cold' glazing, industrial wall panels, frame and frame-tent structures, self-supporting structural enclosures, modular buildings, lighting poles, smart solutions and many others. All these structures are made by domestic producers mainly from low carbon footprint aluminium and are capable of endless reprocessing without any loss of properties, which significantly saves energy.
A high-tech, competitive, sustainable and balanced (in terms of supply and input) industry of construction materials can develop only through the development and support of the production of energy-efficient recycled products with a low carbon footprint.
'A responsible approach to the choice of building materials means opting for aluminium. Our common task is to create feasible prerequisites and opportunities in order to encourage developers and consumers to use the most environmentally friendly materials with minimum waste, such as aluminium and aluminium-based alloys,' concluded Maria Smykova.
ABOUT THE CONFERENCE
The Green Office. Green City conference unites representatives of the city administration, architects, urban planners, representatives of 'green' real estate, developers, top management of companies, technology start-ups in the field of environment, health and space productivity, media representatives and experts of the 'green' construction market.
Cases, products and solutions for green development, technology, services, banking products, other opportunities for green development/green office in the areas of energy, water and thermal efficiency, separate waste collection, eco-procurement, digital solutions, eco-design and design services, finishing, building materials, furniture, etc.