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Building Products March 2018

DRAINAGE, PLUMBING AND WATER SUPPLY MARCH 2018 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 51 listed buildings. This means the aesthetic of cast iron, bolts and all, can be perfectly replicated without the ongoing repainting cost normally accepted with the use of cast iron. On a more contemporary note, massing, colour and texture are a greater consideration in the overall planning process. This results in designers needing to access a greater range of colours and shapes than can be provided by traditional eaves materials such as PVC, timber or cast iron. There is a greater emphasis on integrated design to minimise the impact rain water goods can have on a building facade, to the point where pipes are being cleverly recessed into walls in public areas or where there are high levels of foot traffic. A designer needs to choose a material that is versatile enough in production to achieve this. It would also be would be fair to assume that, as a result of land prices and changes in planning policy, developers are building ‘up’ rather than ‘out’ these days. The cost of future access means designers are also looking to minimise future maintenance for their clients. Life vs Cost We are regularly supplying our products to schemes where the use of durable eaves materials is written into the employer’s requirements, in particular above two storey height. It could be that asset managers are weighing up the additional cost of durable eaves materials against the cost of labour, access, attendances, consequential damages and the client liaison related to putting a scaffold back up on their building to carry out cyclical maintenance. We believe this is orientating designers towards more durable aluminium material. Sustainability A recent report from the Construction Intelligence Center, Sustainability in Construction, highlighted a surge in demand for construction products that could lower the environmental impact of a building. The research found that 68% of contractors had seen a change in focus from their clients, with many reporting that this shift had occurred over the last five years. Aluminium is one of the world’s most abundant elements and is infinitely recyclable, with three-quarters of all the aluminium produced since 1888 still in use today. Furthermore, the extraction of bauxite ore, from which aluminium is produced, is less damaging to the environment when compared with other materials. Bauxite is found close to the surface, which means that 97% of mines are returned to their original condition. In addition, the amount of electrical energy required to produce aluminium has dropped by 70% since the 1880s, with over half of that energy being generated by renewable sources. Market demand As well as the factors above, it could be argued that innovation is fuelling demand for aluminium eaves products in the UK market. Thanks to new innovations, it is now possible for contractors and installers to use the same approach to setting out, cutting and jointing aluminium eaves products as they have been using for PVC over the last 40 years. The construction industry has seen a clear rise in demand for sustainable and durable solutions. As such, this is an ideal time for specifiers to consider renewable and durable materials with enhanced longevity from environmentally conscious manufacturers. By attending accredited CPDs presented by industry leaders, architects and specifiers can be certain they are up to date on the benefits of aluminium rainwater and eaves systems in order to meet this demand. www.marleyalutec.co.uk Aluminium is infinitely recyclable


Building Products March 2018
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