Council for Aluminium in Building

Windows Sustainability Partnership

CAB has made a significant contribution to the annual reports of the Windows Sustainability Partnership (WSP), by communicating the latest global aluminium objectives and targets and highlighting the progress of its own current and planned UK projects. CAB has contributed to the Windows Sustainability Action Plan which is owned and overseen by the WSP, a group made up of representatives across the windows supply chain. In 2011/2  CAB was elected Chair of WSP while it prepared its inaugural 2012 Annual Report, an activity coordinated by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The latest 2013 Annual Report captured evidence of the impacts on each product type, including aluminium, across their lifecycle and it can now be freely accessed on the Defra website (http://www.wrap.org.uk/content/windows-sustainability-action-plan) and is also available from CAB. The International Aluminium Institute (AIA) has established a number of global sustainability objectives on which the Action Plans highlights progress. CAB has also highlighted in the 2013 report the updating of aluminium’s generic environmental profiles in the BRE Green Guide online as well as other projects. These include undertaking research with the Department of Architecture & Built Environment at the University of Nottingham into aluminium and durability, initially through some pilot case studies which will be completed later this year.