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Aluminium for the building and construction industry – durable, recyclable aluminium building materials

Aluminium is one of the most used in modern construction projects because of its numerous advantages over competing materials. Approximately 75 % of aluminium construction products ever made are still in use today, lowering the environmental impact of aluminium enormously.

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Industry leading aluminium solutions within building and construction

Construction projects need materials that stand the test of time whilst adding benefits and contributing value. Aluminium is the best solution for buildings because its properties allow it to be used in all aspects of design and build. Aluminium from Hydro can be used in almost every facet of a building - from a building’s frame all the way through to the windows and doors, aluminium offers greater flexibility to engineers, designers and architects.

Aluminium is amongst the eco-friendliest building materials available today. When choosing aluminium from Hydro, it is important to choose the right solution for your construction projects and better understand how to calculate the total footprint of the solutions you choose.

Hydro's material experts understand the life-cycle analysis calculations of our aluminium products, including the cost and environmental impact of maintenance.

In all applications, you can count on support from Hydro’s dedicated global engineering teams and from our aluminium building system specialist brands Sapa, WICONA and Technal.

Why choose aluminium for the building and construction sector?

Aluminium is a truly modern material. Aluminium is strong, flexible, conductive, durable, and extremely lightweight. Aluminium’s material strength contributes to and creates exceptionally sturdy structures. Because of aluminium’s weight, an aluminium structure weighs one third of an equivalent steel structure.

The high strength-to-weight ratio of aluminium minimises the load on a building’s supporting structure. The all-important weight saving and therefore material saving, minimises cost-to-weight and amount of material. Aluminium could make your buildings lighter, stronger and less expensive to build.

As well as being naturally corrosion resistant, Aluminium can be anodized or painted giving even more durability. Aluminium also allows increased design flexibility with infinite colours, styles, finishes and coatings available to an architect, engineer or building contractor.

Hydro Aluminium products for a sustainable building industry

Aluminium products can be integrated seamlessly into any aspect of a construction project - internal building supports, doors, windows and openings through to exterior cladding and finishing touches can all benefit from the influence and properties of Aluminium.

Our aluminium components and systems include:

Hydro’s commitment to Research & Development

Hydro offers unmatched Research & Development knowledge in the field of aluminium construction design. This includes high-strength aluminium alloy development, as well as applied manufacturing skills in bending, machining, joining, surface treatment and assembly.

We work with architects, designers and contractors globally to promote, distribute and design class-leading aluminium products in the building and construction sector.

We serve as consulting engineers and as your manufacturing partner, utilizing aluminium extrusion and aluminium rolling technologies in structural and heat transfer applications.

As the building and construction industry is replacing steel and copper with aluminium, Hydro is your partner for any aluminium parts or construction components.

Low carbon, 'Greener' aluminium for buildings

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Hydro CIRCAL

Hydro CIRCAL is our range of products made with recycled, post-consumer scrap. Using recycled aluminium, Hydro is able to drastically reduce energy use in the production phase while still being able to offer high-quality aluminium products.

Operating the most advanced aluminium sorting technology in the industry allows Hydro CIRCAL to provide some of the highest recycled content aluminium in the market. Currently we offer Hydro CIRCAL 75R that contains a minimum of 75% post-consumer scrap. The higher the recycled content, the lower the carbon footprint.

Find out more about Hydro CIRCAL recycled aluminium here.

Hydro REDUXA

Hydro REDUXA is our series of low-carbon aluminium. By using renewable energy sources like hydro power, Hydro REDUXA reduces the carbon footprint to 4kg CO2e per kg of aluminium (less than a fourth of the global average). The result is aluminium with one of the world’s lowest carbon footprints – maximizing sustainable opportunities for our customers in the building & construction industry.

Using renewable energy from water, wind and solar, Hydro can produce cleaner aluminium than ever before.

Find out more about how Hydro REDUXA aluminium could make your buildings greener and more sustainable.