Sustainability at Kawneer
Managing Director, Kawneer UK
Dock 9, Erie Basin, Salford Quays
The environment, and our impact on it, is of vital importance to us all. But there’s more to sustainability than just being green. While striving for environmental excellence, at Kawneer we also use our values to build financial success and meet our social responsibilities, delivering long-term benefits to our people, customers, suppliers and our local communities. As part of Alcoa, one of the world’s leading producers and managers of aluminium, that philosophy is implemented on a global scale.
At Kawneer, we take all our responsibilities very seriously. We’re dedicated to creating products and systems that promote integrated, wholebuilding design practices.
For our own production, we use recycled aluminium billets 100% of the time and all production waste is recycled. Our extrusions carry a life expectancy of 50 years, significantly higher than other materials - and of course, they’re 100% recyclable.
Aluminium is widely recognised as one of the best materials available for construction. Aside from its practical and energy-saving advantages, it can be recycled repeatedly without loss of properties using just 5% of the energy originally used to mine, smelt and produce it. Aluminium’s natural strength, lightness and durability makes it the ideal material for meeting architectural glazing requirements.
We're committed to creating products that help comply with BREEAM standards and promote integrated, whole building designs; and with 95% of aluminium in buildings being recycled,
architects can design with cradle to cradle lifecycles in mind,
helping to achieve green building standards.