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 Night view of the 75 Howard residential building in San Francisco.
15 Mar 2022

Sustainable urban development: a matter of energy efficiency

Cities and their population are rapidly growing all across the world. But how do we match urban growth with the climate issues we are confronted with today? The answer: sustainable green building.

There has been an urgent call for sustainable building solutions in cities for quite some time now. As a reaction to the current climate problems, the urban building industry focused on better-insulated buildings, green roofs, and new quality and low-energy labels. However, it took until the first decade of the 21st century for the general public to really grasp the concept of sustainability. At Reynaers Aluminium, we realise there is a need for a more futureproof solution.

Green building solutions

Current energy systems are polluting and expensive. For example, in the European Union, buildings are responsible for 40% of the total carbon emissions. That is why the construction industry has now made sustainability a top priority. But the question remains: what is truly sustainable?

For Reynaers Aluminium, sustainability is not a hollow concept. We use aluminium because it is a green and durable material – in fact, 75% of the aluminium ever produced is still in use. Moreover, aluminium is fully recyclable. It can be recycled an infinite amount of times, without loss of quality, which makes it perfect for all your green building projects.

Aluminium can be recycled an infinite amount of times, without loss of quality.

Night view of Largo Augusto office building in Milan, Italy.

Towards energy-efficient cities

Our sustainable developments fit many different building types and drastically improve their energy efficiency. For example, highly insulated windows, sliding doors and curtain walls limit any building’s energy loss – no electricity goes to waste. Upgrade your building even more by integrating solar panels into your façade and solar shading systems.

Speaking of sunlight control, we offer various solutions for you to regulate daylight access in your mid to high-rise projects more efficiently. Reynaers Aluminium curtain wall profiles are light yet sturdy, which means they can carry large and heavy glass panes while keeping an ultra-slim look. Light enters in abundance and heating and energy costs will significantly drop. Moreover, user-friendly shading solutions such as the BriseSoleil series protect residents against solar heat and glare all day long, both when operated manually or automatically.

Detail of large glass façade on office building.

The sustainable building needs of modern-day cities ask for creative and versatile green solutions. At Reynaers Aluminium, we tackle this challenge head-on and continue to develop quality systems for the energy-efficient communities of today and tomorrow. Is your residential building or private house future-proof? Contact us and we will help you create a brighter and greener home.

At Reynaers Aluminium, we strive for sustainability in everything we do.

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Copyright

75 Howard – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) (architects); Binyan Studios (photographer)
Office Building Largo Augusto Milano – ASTI ARCHITETTI (architects), Stefano Gusmeroli (photographer)