Aluminum & POM for your Green Building Projects

1. Aluminum’s role as a sustainable material in Green Buildings

Aluminum has been empowering the green building revolution due to its unmatched properties. The fight against pollution and environmental damage and the race to energy efficiency have led to aluminium becoming a green material for sustainable architecture:

Recyclable: 75% percent of the aluminum produced across the world since the late 19th century is still in use today. One of the key properties of aluminum is its very nature of being recycled, recovered and reused, without losing its properties during the process. Green buildings are always on the look-out for resources that minimize the burden on the planet. The recyclability of aluminum makes it the perfect choice as a sustainable material. The recycling rate pertaining to Grad is around 92-95%. This property of aluminum saves the energy and cost of producing the metal again to meet the world’s construction requirements and prevents new bauxite mines from opening thus looking better after the environment.

Water usage reduction: The recycling process reduces energy consumption by more than 70%, as compared to the energy required to produce new aluminum from primary sources.

Non Flammable: Aluminum is described as non-combustible (A1 EU class). Therefore when aluminum is exposed to a prolonged fire environment it will begin to melt (not burn), provided that the metal's temperature passes the melting point. It does not release toxic emissions that could be harmful to people or the environment.

Malleable & Light: This unique property of aluminum is the reason it is increasingly used to make architectural wonders. With the ability to be bend into any shape, form and size, aluminum is light therefore making it also easier to manoeuvre, to transport, and to install to reduce work hazards and contribute to a healthier working environment.

Maintenance cost reduction: Aluminum requires no painting, minimal maintenance and, unlike wooden joists, requires no cure time.

Corrosion-resistant: Aluminum’s longer life span can also be attributed to its property of being corrosion resistant. This reduces the need for regular maintenance and is hence used not just in the foundation structures but in the intricate interiors as well. With further surface treatments, aluminum can minimize the harmful impacts of corrosion on people as well as the environment thereby making it a green material.

Download Our SolutionsFor your green building projects

Download Green Building .pdf Document size: 32kb

2. POM’s role as a sustainable material in Green Buildings

Resistance and durability: creep resistance, strength, stiffness, hardness, dimensional stability, toughness, fatigue resistance, solvent and fuel resistance, abrasion resistance, low wear and low friction.

  • Unreinforced grades offer exceptionally high mechanical strength and rigidity
  • High resistance to repeated impacts
  • Toughness at low temperature (down to -40°C)
  • Outstanding long-term fatigue endurance
  • Excellent resistance to moisture, gasoline, solvents and many other chemicals of neutral pH
  • Excellent dimensional stability
  • Natural lubricity
  • Wide useful temperature range (in air -50 to +90°C with melting point at 165°C)
  • Good electrical insulation characteristics
  • UV-stabilised

References and further reading material

  • Arcelor Mittal 2019. Our Steel solutions for your Green Building. Arcelor Mittal Building and Construction Support.
  • Biedronska, J., & Misiolek, W.Z., 2009. Application of Aluminum in “Green” Architecture – today and tomorrow. Architecture Civil Engineering Environment. 1. pp.5-10.
  • Ensinger Plastics. POM - Acetal Polyoxymethylene. (online). Available at:
  • European Aluminium. 2018. Environmental Profile Report - Life-Cycle inventory data for aluminum production and transformation processes in Europe. European Aluminum.
  • Plastic Material - POM (Polyoxymethylene). 2012. POM-- POLYOXYMETHYLENE -- ACETAL -- POLYACETAL -- POLYFORMALDEHYDE. (online). Available at:
  • Wang, M.J., 2016. Aluminum in Green Buildings – A guide to environmental declarations. The Aluminum Association.