Aleris Embraces Green Standards
Aleris aluminum and its unique properties play an important role in the manufacturing of numerous products that go into the Building and Construction industry. Aluminum is well known for its environmentally sustainable properties and the benefits it provides to green building. These benefits can be unclearly defined and imprecise. Understanding how aluminum contributes to green building certifications can make aluminum a better understood metal to the industry.
As the marketplace gets more informed of green standards and as Green buildings are becoming increasingly popular, the demand for environmentally sustainable products is on the rise. The Federal Trade Commission has updated the Green Guides to prevent unfair or deceptive environmental claims in the marketplace. GreenCircle certification is compliant with the updated Green Guides and will certify green claims to meet sustainable supply chain requirements. Aleris numbers are calculated and certified by GreenCircle, providing specific, third-party certification of environmental claims of sustainable aspects of products and operations. Manufacturers, suppliers, regulators, occupants, and consumers can be assured that these statements are valid due to their thorough and meticulous evaluation process.
Aluminum can be utilized in many applications in green building. Aluminum products associated with green building consist of roofs, siding and cladding, signs and wall decorations, blinds and screens, HVAC channels, gutters and downspouts, and electric armors, solar devices, daylight collecting systems, windows and doors, skylights, curtain walls and facades, green houses, sun rooms, shades and screens, sports stadium structures and canopies, furniture, pipes and tubes, and renewable energy devices.
Our aluminum, used in many different applications in green building, contains post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled materials which contribute toward LEED and project certifications by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). LEED, like NAHB, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Since July 2011, Aleris has partnered with GreenCircle to verify the amount of recycled content in products manufactured at four of our U.S facilities – Davenport, Lewisport, Uhrichsville and Richmond. The highest recyclable alloy manufactured out of Davenport, Iowa is the 3105 Aluminum Alloy. It contains 96% recycled material. Our Green Certification reinforces that we are committed to becoming a sustainable leader in the aluminum industry.