Advantages of aluminum glazing in construction

At the beginning of the last century, aluminum was virtually unused in civil engineering because of it was too expensive. But in 1920s, the electrolysis process reduced the cost of aluminum by 80%. Aluminum became more and more popular in the construction of high-rise buildings and bridges. Window-frames, panels, domed roofs and other wide-span and other ornaments are made of aluminum.

Aluminum is now utilized for a host of applications in building and construction. Aluminum is the material of choice for curtain walling, window frames and other glazed structures. Structures like offshore living quarters, helicopter decks, scaffolding and ladders are also commonly made of aluminum.

The minimum design service of aluminum structures is 80 years. Aluminum can be used in any climatic conditions and does not lose its properties in any temperature. Aluminum glazing is the second most widely specified metal in building after steel.

Why Aluminum?

Aluminum is used in the all sectors from commercial buildings to domestic dwellings. The main market sectors of the aluminum are windows, roofing, cladding, curtain walling and structural glazing, prefabricated buildings, shop fittings and partitions.

Primary smelter aluminum is pure and has a relatively low strength. The important quality of aluminum is its lightness. Thanks to its low specific weight, aluminum plates weigh half of steel with the same stiffness.

Aluminum is a very lightweight building material hence it helps in reducing the dead load of the building. It offers us unobstructed views hence making the interiors look big.

Modern building and construction is more than merely erecting buildings as functionally as possible. Aluminum enables every possible architectural concept to be realized- regardless of whether it is a new build or a modernization. Aluminum sections are generally thinner and deeper than equivalent steel sections to achieve the required strength and rigidity. Aluminum is not affected by moisture and aluminum windows do not warp.

Aluminum has a natural source, built-in durability, and most aluminum construction products are coated and treated. One of the main reasons for aluminum’s enduring and growing popularity is its compatibility with today’s fast-track construction techniques and just-in-time ordering.

Advantages, Properties, and Applications:

  • Durability:
    Aluminum building products are made from alloys, which are weather-proof, corrosion-resistant and immune to the harmful effects of UV rays, ensuring optimal performance over a very long serviceable lifetime.

  Design Flexibility:

The extrusion process offers an almost infinite range of forms and sections, allowing designers to integrate numerous functions into one profile. In addition, aluminum can be sawed, drilled, riveted, screwed, bent, welded and soldered in the workshop or on the building site.

  • Hundreds of surface finishes:

Aluminum can be anodized or painted in any color, to any optical effect, using any number of surface touches, in order to meet a designer’s decorative needs. Such processes also serve to enhance the material’s durability and corrosion resistance, as well as providing an easy-to-clean surface.

  • High reflectivity:

This characteristic feature makes aluminum a very efficient material for light management. Aluminum solar collectors can be installed to lower energy consumption for artificial lighting and heating in winter, while aluminum shading devices can be used to reduce the need for air conditioning in summer.

It is certain that Aluminum will become even more widely used in construction as pressure grows for buildings that are flexible, easy to maintain and offer low cost-in-use. There is certainly scope for growth in a wide variety of structural applications, such as supporting Aluminum sheet roofing on aluminum extruded roofing members.

Aluminum, while it has a relatively high initial energy cost, offers unparalleled manufacturing flexibility, the broadest ranges of finishes, an excellent strength-to-weight ratio, unlimited recyclables and has a far better environmental profile than many specifies believe.


Pros of Modular Building Construction

Modular building construction process is capable of constructing both simple and sophisticated buildings that meet designer and architect demands. The process additionally confirms to all regulatory standards and gives a smooth and polished finish to buildings.

This assembly line manufacturing system affords advantages that you will want to buy into.  Renowned corporations have utilized modular construction process for some iconic buildings worldwide. Recent modular buildings have come up as high rises of twenty to thirty story buildings.

Modular Construction

Three top pros of modular construction

  1. Greener Buildings
    1. Factory production of modules ensures cleaner environments at the construction site. It reduces resource wastage with its built to order system. Moreover it minimizes site disruption during construction.
    2. Reusable modules are easily dismantled and transported for reuse at other sites. Savings on resources and energy for construction is phenomenal.
    3. It eliminates trapping of moisture in new buildings as it uses units manufactured from dry material under controlled factory conditions.
  1. Faster Construction
    1. Traditional construction is a sequential process. Modular construction permits simultaneous work to be carried out on-site and off-site thereby reducing time of construction. this can save up to 50% of construction time
    2. There is no stoppage of work due to adverse weather conditions. 60 to 90% of construction work can be completed in factories.
  2. Efficient Working Model
    1. Manufacturing of units occurs indoors and in safe areas. This reduces risks of site related accidents. Developers and builders face fewer liabilities due to this safety feature.
    2. Use of BIM helps assess energy needs and identifies cost efficient methods that can be used.
    3. Collaboration and integration of systems and workers is made possible.
    4. Modular construction fits into a variety of designs. It can be used to add on to existing structures as well as to construct new structures.

Other advantages

  1. Stronger buildings: Modular buildings offer greater resistance to natural forces such as winds and gales. They are safer during earthquakes and other calamities.
  2. Maximum construction activity is completed off site reducing disruption. This is particularly valuable for construction at busy sites or sites that are highly active.

Permanent Modular Construction (PMC) Modules

This process prefabricates parts of buildings and assembles them on site into integrated structures. They can be delivered with all necessary fixtures and interiors to provide buildings that you can move into immediately after construction is completed.

Re-locatable Buildings (RB)

These are partially or completely fitted buildings that are designed to be reused at different times according to need. These are very convenient for building additional space temporarily. As they are pre-built pieces they can be transported as and when the need arises. They also afford great flexibility of design and specification.

Modular construction benefits all parties. For developers and architects the process offers both financial and quality advantages. For home owners the time saved and the ability to move in to completed homes as well as heat, fire and sound proofing are definite advantages to look forward to.