First produced in 1827 by Friedrich Wohler and originally more valuable than gold, since the Hall–Héroult smelting process allowed for large-scale production of aluminium it’s been a mainstay of engineering and the most widely used non-ferrous metal. Now a recent study confirms this isn’t likely to change, concluding that aluminium in buildings is proven to last and better yet remain in excellent condition for several decades longer than previously thought.
The report, titled Aluminium and Durability: Towards Sustainable Cities, was led by renowned architect Professor Michael Stacey on behalf of the International Aluminium Institute. The findings, which came after detailed examination of several buildings including the Cribbs Causeway in Bristol and FT Printing Works in London, included the following recommendations:
Though aluminium has been used in some of the world’s most iconic landmarks, such as the Empire State Building, the Gherkin and the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank HQ, this report brings new evidence to light that aluminium based architecture has a very valuable role to play in the creation of sustainable cities and urban habitats for all humankind.
You can read the report in full via this link: Aluminium and Durability: Towards Sustainable Cities