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Sustainable Aluminium Systems

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  • Evangelos Efthymiou

    () (Department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Metal Structures, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University Campus, Thessaloniki, GR 54124, Greece)

  • Öget N. Cöcen

    () (Faculty of Architecture and Engineering, Yasar University, Yasar University Selcuk Campus 35-37, Bornova, Izmir, PK 35100, Turkey
    Department of Civil Engineering, Institute of Metal Structures, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University Campus, Thessaloniki, GR 54124, Greece)

  • Sergio R. Ermolli

    () (Department of Urban Design and Planning, Faculty of Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Via Toledo 402, Naples, 80134, Italy)

Abstract

In the present paper, an analytical presentation of some popular aluminium systems that contribute to sustainability of structures is presented. Special emphasis has been given to the properties of aluminium, while the influence of these systems in the overall performance of the structure regarding environment and economy is described. In particular, characteristics of aluminium elements such as high reflectivity and recyclability and their role in life cycle analysis (LCA) are analyzed. The connections between energy efficiency and conservation of buildings and aluminium application are also discussed. Building applications such as curtain walls, window frames and facade sheets are presented and thoroughly investigated, considering their environmental and economic aspects. Furthermore, many innovative techniques that use aluminium elements in collaboration with other systems in order to produce renewable energy, such as solar panels and photovoltaics, are introduced. Finally, environmental innovations such as optimized ventilation mechanisms and light and shade management systems based on aluminium members are presented.

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  • Evangelos Efthymiou & Öget N. Cöcen & Sergio R. Ermolli, 2010. "Sustainable Aluminium Systems," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 2(9), pages 1-10, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:2:y:2010:i:9:p:3100-3109:d:9636
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    1. Aguilera-Klink, Federico & Perez-Moriana, Eduardo & Sanchez-Garcia, Juan, 2000. "The social construction of scarcity. The case of water in Tenerife (Canary Islands)," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 34(2), pages 233-245, August.
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    Keywords

    sustainability; structural aluminium; sustainable constructions; aluminium building systems;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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