Building & Construction
Aluminum was first used in quantity for building and construction in the 1920s. The applications were primarily oriented toward decorative detailing and art deco structures. The breakthrough came in 1930, when major structures within the Empire State Building were built with aluminum (including interior structures and the famous spire). Today, aluminum is recognized as one of the most energy efficient and sustainable construction materials. The estimated recycled content of aluminum building materials used today is between 50 and 85 percent. Aluminum-intensive LEED-certified buildings have won awards for Platinum, Gold and Best-in-State sustainability across the country.
• First major use in a building
The Empire State Building, constructed in 1930-1932, was the first building to make major use of aluminum components and fabricated structures.
• Enhances green building design
Use of aluminum helps building projects qualify for green building status under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.
• Fast to build and durable
Corrosion-resistant aluminum bridge decks require no painting, minimal maintenance and, unlike concrete, require no extension framework or cure time.
• Brings environmental and ergonomic benefits
Aluminum can provide insulation and allows daylight and fresh air into buildings. Strengthened alloys can support large glass structures and solar panels.