Resource Use

It’s our policy of Hydro Building Systems to continually increase the amount of recycled materials in its products and other materials.

The primary material in our products is aluminium, one of the most abundant materials on the planet. Not only do we specify that a significant proportion of the aluminium supplied to you is from recycled materials, we also offer products where we can guarantee the constituent materials consist of recycled aluminium.

Recycling aluminium takes just 5% of the energy needed to produce the metal using primary methods. As aluminium doesn’t deteriorate from recycling, Hydro’s goal is to grow faster than the market for recycling and to take a leading position in the recycling element in the aluminium value chain. Norsk Hydro aims to recover 1 million tonnes of contaminated and post-consumer scrap annually by 2020.

Hydro commit to the promotion of recycled constituent materials. Our 75R range of products ensure that a minimum of 75% of the product is produced from post-consumer recycled aluminium, including aluminium window, door and curtain walling systems.

Products designed by Hydro Building Systems are required to perform to strictly controlled building regulations where minimum requirements for strength, deflection and loading is specified. Testing is also carried out when each product is designed, ensuring that they conform, and usually exceed these regulations. The design of our products aims to use the minimum amount of materials to ensure that our products aren’t only commercially viable, but to also ensure minimum resource use and wastage.

The systems that we offer to you include instructions on care and maintenance to ensure they last as long as possible. Any failures within the system can be repaired by component replacement, instead of having to replace the entire system.

The total billet produced last year at Hydro Extrusions UK Ltd was roughly 55,000 tonnes in total. This was made up of:

  • 30,000 tonnes of post-consumer scrap (50%)
  • 12,000 tonnes of primary ingot (34%)
  • 8,000 tonnes of local production scrap (16%)