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Aluminum: A Sustainable Structural Choice

Format On Demand: Online
Offered by McGraw Hill Construction
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This article will explore the uses of aluminum in long span structures and spaceframes. It will also review the latest research by the Aluminum Association on the sustainability of aluminum from mining to recycling. This industry is committed to improve industry energy consumption, lower emissions, minimize land resource use and maximize sustainability. The projects highlighted in this article include projects that range from the largest Platinum LEEDr-NC campus to the newest aluminum solar #trees# to be planted in parking lots as a high tech energy and water collection system.

Objectives

1. Discuss the efficiency of using lightweight, recyclable aluminum in clear-span structures by eliminating secondary structural members.

2. Compare how aluminum is an efficient, waste reducing alternative to steel in overhead, sloped and vertical applications.

3. Avoid maintenance and life cycle costs by specifying a product that is durable and resists corrosion.

4. Explore case studies of geometric structural designs used for lattice and spaceframe aluminum structures that have received green building certifications.

5. Summarize the commitment by the aluminum industry to improve industry energy consumption, lower emissions, minimize land resource use and maximize sustainability.

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CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.0