- July 11, 2023

Building Greener with Recycled Aluminium

In our pursuit of a more sustainable future, Spantech is always on the lookout for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. One of the strategies we employ is the use of recycled aluminium in our modular structures. 

Aluminium, known for its versatility and durability, is an excellent material choice for construction projects. However, what sets recycled aluminium apart is its ability to contribute to a circular economy, reducing waste and conserving valuable resources.

What is Recycled Aluminium?

Recycled aluminium refers to the process of reusing aluminium products or scraps to create new materials. What makes aluminium unique is its property of being 100% recyclable, without any loss in quality or performance. 

Unlike many other materials, aluminium can be recycled an unlimited number of times, preserving its chemical and mechanical characteristics. This exceptional property of aluminium, its ability to be recycled indefinitely without any loss in quality, paves the way for a sustainable lifecycle approach.

Key Benefits of Recycled Aluminium

Our modular structures, ranging from industrial buildings to soundstages and event locations, benefit from the numerous advantages offered by recycled aluminium:

1. Environmental Sustainability

By incorporating recycled aluminium in our modular construction projects, we contribute to environmental sustainability. By using recycled materials, demand for primary aluminium extraction is reduced. This, in turn, conserves natural resources and mitigates the environmental impact associated with mining and processing.

For instance, a life cycle analysis conducted by Spantech on our modular soundstage for Wycombe, has provided empirical evidence of its sustainability benefits. By utilizing 40% recycled aluminum in its construction, the modular soundstage demonstrated an impressive 44% reduction in carbon emissions per square meter when compared to a traditional tilt-up concrete stage. This finding serves as a testament to the effectiveness of incorporating sustainable materials like recycled aluminum in construction projects.

2. Energy Efficiency

Recycled aluminium offers notable energy efficiency advantages compared to primary aluminium production. Producing recycled aluminium requires only 5% of the energy needed for primary aluminium extraction. This translates into lower greenhouse gas emissions and a reduced carbon footprint.

3. Waste Reduction and Circular Economy

Recycling aluminium, including its application in modular construction, helps to address the issue of waste generation. The material is given a new life. This approach promotes a circular economy, where materials are continually repurposed and reused instead of being disposed of as waste.

Paving the Way for a Sustainable Future

The incorporation of recycled aluminium in our modular construction projects represents a significant step towards building in a more environmentally friendly manner. By leveraging the environmental sustainability, energy efficiency, and waste reduction benefits of recycled aluminium, we minimize our carbon footprint and promote a circular economy. 

Together, we can create a more environmentally responsible and resource-efficient future. Get in touch with our team today to discover the possibilities.

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