Sustainable solutions

Building a better future
Sustainable solutions

Building a better future

“DESIGN CREATES THE EMOTION OF SUSTAINABILITY”

Driven by innovation, Technal is considered by architects and building experts as the world leader in building solutions. In an effort to evolve naturally, Technal has designed applications to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings.
Technal shares the values and commitments of the Hydro group, the global leader in aluminium solutions, namely preserving natural resources, reducing CO2 emissions and waste, guaranteeing employee safety, meeting expectations in terms of quality and improving the quality of life of consumers.

WORKING TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT

Aluminium has characteristics that make it an eco-friendly metal: abundant, infinitely recyclable and sustainable.
> Technal works with companies to constantly improve aluminium recycling processes and reduce carbon emissions during the life cycle of its products.

We only need 5% of the energy required for the production of primary aluminium to recast aluminium while maintaining its original properties. 75% of aluminium produced in the 1880s is still used today and around 95% is recovered from buildings.
> Technal relies on the Hydro group's recasting plants in ten different countries for more than 50% of its total recycled aluminium production.

Progress in R&D over the last 25 years has significantly enhanced the thermal and acoustic insulation performance of joinery, which has increased four-fold. Today, they meet, and sometimes even exceed, all standards.
> Therefore, Technal’s aluminium systems help to improve quality of life while minimising the use of energy resources.

What’s more, aluminium has the required qualities to make it a material of excellence:
Easy to maintain: given the durability and resistance of the surface treatments, regular cleaning with a neutral detergent and rinsing with water is sufficient.
Healthy: it emits no dust, vapour or particles, and contact with this material poses no problems in terms of toxicity.
Non-flammable: and when it reaches its melting point in the event of fire (around 650°C), it doesn’t release any gas or flammable vapour.

SUSTAINABILITY OF THE BUILDING SECTOR

In the building world, sustainability includes the supply, manufacture and production lead times of a product as well as the optimisation of its complete life cycle, from the selection of raw materials to the final demolition and recycling.
A sustainable design generates little or no additional costs (from 0 to 15%), which are more than offset by cheaper running costs, improved well-being, increased productivity and a higher property value.

 Of all the accreditation systems used to measure and evaluate the environmental performance of buildings, LEED and BREEAM are two of the most well known and used methodologies in the building sector.
They serve as a standard for establishing the content and evaluation methods of various national and international certification systems around several priority areas:

  • Conserving natural resources
  • Reducing building running costs
  • Improving the comfort and health of occupants
  • Reducing the demands on the local infrastructure

Since its launch in 1990, BREEAM has enabled the certification of more than 250,000 buildings in more than 50 countries worldwide.
LEED, a third-party certification programme developed in the United States and used worldwide, plays an important role in encouraging key sustainable building techniques:
Technal’s products and solutions can have a positive impact on a maximum of 37 LEED points.