UAE: LEED and DGBC declare aluminium products as suitable for sustainable constructions

Products manufactured by Emirates Aluminium Company Limited (EMAL) have been declared suitable for sustainable building practices, by two internationally acclaimed bodies including LEED and DGNB, the German Sustainable Building Council. The declaration follows rigorous assessment of EMAL’s products by an independent agency, GCAS.

Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at EMAL said: “These expert assessments and declarations provide a competitive advantage for EMAL’s products, both in catering for our existing markets and acquiring niche markets for our value-added products.”

EMAL is an operating subsidiary of Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (EGA) and the world’s largest single-site primary aluminium smelter. Products manufactured by EGA’s other operating subsidiary in the midstream aluminium sector, Dubai Aluminium PJSC (DUBAL), were declared suitable for sustainable building practices by the same two organisations in 2013.

The combined DUBAL – EMAL portfolio comprises more than 500 individual, high quality primary aluminium products, many of which are made to customer specifications.

Walid Al Attar, Chief Marketing Officer at EMAL said: “The LEED and DGNB ratings of EMAL products are a major development for EGA, as about 46 per cent of our total annual production comprises aluminium billets that are used extensively by extruders to produce construction components – such as window and door frames.”

Al Attar added that the LEED and DGNB sustainability ratings also represent a key differentiator in the local market, where billets account for the major proportion of annual sales.

He said: “New laws have been enacted in the UAE, whereby the incorporation of sustainable measures is mandatory in all new construction projects in the Emirates as of 2014. The suitability of our products is tangible evidence of EGA’s support for the government’s green building agenda, simultaneously confirming the success of our efforts to produce ‘green metal’ as part of our overall sustainable business philosophy and supporting strategies to minimise the impact of our business on the environment.”

Both DUBAL and EMAL manufacture aluminium products in three main categories: high purity and foundry re-melt products (for electronics and aerospace and automotive applications); rolled products (for packaging, lithographic sheets and the automotive industry); and billets for extrusion and forging (for construction, industrial, transportation and automotive purposes).

Source: The Big 5 Hub

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  1. Confused

    03/03/2015 at 1:49 am

    This article makes no sense. Products cannot be LEED certified – only buildings can be.

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