Reflection Window and Wall (RWW) has signed a deal with India-based Glass Wall Systems India and Global Aluminum Private Limited to make low-carbon architectural aluminum widely available in the U.S. at no additional cost. RWW officials say the deal covers everything from primary metals mining, extruding, finishing, fabrication and customer delivery to the U.S.  

Reflection Window and Wall has signed a deal with India-based Glass Wall Systems India and Global Aluminum Private Limited to make low-carbon architectural aluminum widely available in the U.S. at no additional cost.

Low-carbon aluminum materials are defined as having less than four kilograms of carbon per kilogram of aluminum. Officials say buildings constructed with these materials can have 75% to 85% carbon savings based on current averages from U.S. producers and other aluminum sources. 

Officials add that the need for low-carbon materials is vital as the number of buildings in the U.S. increases. As this occurs, more carbon emissions will be emitted via the construction industry and the built environment. For example, aluminum extrusions emit around 15 to 25 kilograms of carbon into the atmosphere for every kilogram of aluminum produced, depending on the source country. 

Compare that to a typical 50-story high-rise building using around 250,000 square feet of aluminum facade. Each square foot of façade contains approximately four pounds of aluminum. This equates to a million or more pounds of aluminum per building. This means 15 to 25 million pounds of carbon is released into the atmosphere to make that aluminum framing. 

As a result of the partnership, 15 to 25 million pounds of carbon could be reduced to 2.5 million pounds for the same building façade, a potential carbon savings of 90% at no cost to the developer or the project. 

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