As a responsible company, Alucraft's and Schüco’s commitment to sustainable solutions for the building envelope is total, covering everything from the materials we use to the behaviours we adopt.

Every aspect of our operation has been looked at for sustainability benefits. Packaging is recycled wherever possible. Compacter/bailers on site used to compress polythene and cardboard, a process that has led to a 90% reduction in the volume of waste sent to landfill.

The Materials We Use

The majority of our systems are manufactured from aluminium. Besides being light and strong, aluminium is resistant to corrosion and may be polyester powder coated or anodised to further enhance its natural durability. Although an organic material, it does not age, is impervious to ultra-violet rays and requires little maintenance.

Over half of our aluminium profiles are sourced from an extruder in the UK, which helps reduce our carbon footprint as well as our use of fuel. The aluminium itself is converted from ore in Norway where the smelting process is largely driven by non-polluting hydro-electric power.

While our profiles have to be made of virgin alloy in order for us to be able to offer guarantees over a life-span of 30 + years, all our off-cuts and scrap materials are sent for recycling and are made into a wide variety of products. Similarly, at the end of its life, every single window, door or facade system will be suitable for 100% recycling.

In this context, it is worth noting that 70% of all aluminium currently in use has been recycled. This not only saves on the use of raw materials, but also on the costs of manufacturing since re-smelting aluminium can save up to 95% of the energy needed to produce the primary product. Finally, since it is estimated that current reserves of its raw material, Bauxite, will last for at least 300 years, aluminium can be viewed as the ultimate sustainable material.

The Systems We Market

All our aluminium systems, whether it be curtain walling, windows, doors or complete facades, offer high levels of thermal insulation minimising a building’s carbon footprint and enabling architects to meet or exceed Part L of the Building Regulations. We also market Schüco’s Sun Control range of large louvre shading systems. These help to control the internal temperature of a building, reducing solar gain and thus the need for energy-intensive air-conditioning.

In addition, combinrd with our partner Schüco our range of solar thermal heating products and the latest and most sophisticated photovoltaic systems are able to draw energy from daylight rather than simply sunlight, maximising the opportunities for its use and raising the efficiency of sustainable energy generation to a new level.

Our specialised software solutions for design, construction, calculation and fabrication make a further contribution to sustainability. By employing this software, the overall energy consumption of building may be reduced, as will be the energy needed to manufacture the individual components of the system.

The Concepts We Develop

Energy²: Saving Energy, Generating Energy is the Schüco UK model for sustainable buildings in the 21st Century. It brings together the concept of energy conservation – through a combination of excellent design, high thermal insulation and low maintenance – and the generation of energy by means of photovoltaics. The aim is to construct buildings that are self-sustaining and that produce the most minimal impact on the environment.

In addition, we are developing new systems that enable greater off-site fabrication. This not only means a better-engineered product, but also – because such systems require fewer individual components – a measurable reduction in the energy required to produce them.

The Behaviours We Adopt

Every aspect of our operation has been looked at for sustainability benefits. Packaging is recycled wherever possible. Compacter/bailers on site used to compress polythene and cardboard, a process that has led to a 90% reduction in the volume of waste sent to landfill.

Light fittings, paper, plastic cups, wood, electric products, toner cartridges and computers are all sent to registered recycling outlets. We work closely with a local waste management company to find best solutions to minimise our environmental impact. The packaging we use to send out our own products is also fully recyclable.

We are conscious of the need to reduce our electricity consumption and over a number of years we will progressively change our lighting to low wattage bulbs. We have also achieved further significant savings by considering energy usage not just in isolation, but in conjunction with the quality of the lighting provided. We are purchasing the latest most energy efficient machining equipment.