Council for Aluminium in Building

02.03.15: Join us at Ecobuild 2015 on Stand N5050 !

The CAB Aluminum Pavilion will be appearing at Ecobuild next week (3-5 March 2015) on Stand N5050 -  our 7th successive year at one of the world’s largest sustainable building shows. As ‘the recognised voice of aluminium in building’ CAB is delighted to highlight the 21st Century material’s benefits and growing popularity within the building envelope. Our Pavilion is supported by 5 member companies this year: AW Louvers & Ventilation, Commercial Windows & Doors, Dales Fabrications, RAICO UK and Valspar Powder Coatings The Pavilion is essentially an information hub and networking lounge for members and visitors. Our Technical Director, Justin Furness and Technical Support Officer, Martin Ford will both be on hand to address a wide range of issues on standards, regulation and best practise. We are keen to demonstrate CAB’s strength and one way of highlighting this is listing our membership and the 15 sectors within aluminium in building that they represent. We are very keen to discuss our extensive ongoing work on aluminium and sustainability. For example CAB is one of the sponsors of an important study, being carried out by the National Energy Foundation, into how the glazing supply chain can reduce operational energy demand through better promoting the use of energy efficient glazing in the UK’s existing building stock. The aim of the project is to identify the contribution that improved glazing can make to the EU’s carbon reduction targets and the barriers to uptake. With regards to Chain of Custody, CAB has provided significant input to the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) during the recent public consultation phases for its Performance Standard, which was published in December 2014. This standard has been developed to enable the entire aluminium supply chain to demonstrate its sustainability credentials by providing independent, credible and verifiable proof of its environmental, social and governance performance. We are working with our members to determine how we could best apply the standard in our sector in particular and we await the publication of the ASI Chain of Custody Standard expected in early 2015. Finally, CAB has sponsored a number of case studies by the Department of Architecture & Built Environment at Nottingham University to better understand and quantify aluminium's life expectancy in buildings. The research has highlighted that aluminium components exposed to weather including sun and rain have a life expectancy of over 120 years. Please contact CAB for copies of the publication ‘Aluminium & Durability – Towards Sustainable Cities’ edited by Michael Stacey. For more information on CAB please contact the CAB office on 01453 828851 or email