Extruded Aluminum Shines in Multifamily and Commercial Building Projects

Advances in extruded aluminum lead to design flexibility, lower costs and less lead times, pandemic solutions, and sustainability
Sponsored by TAMLYN
By Erika Fredrickson
1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning; NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the ways in which extruded aluminum is a versatile material that can be used in multiple products for multifamily and commercial projects.
  2. Explain how extruded aluminum can lend itself to healthier buildings.
  3. Review the expansive finish options and aesthetic capabilities for extruded aluminum.
  4. Discuss how incorporating extruded aluminum into multifamily and commercial projects is a sustainable solution.

This course is part of the Multifamily Housing Academy

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With the multifamily residential housing market booming to provide affordable, modern dwellings for both the Baby Boomer and Millennial generations, building professionals and interior designers have to think out of the box when it comes to materials. Extruded aluminum can be used to achieve modern design goals while protecting interior drywall surfaces from the wear and tear of rental and high-turnover properties, such as apartments and condominiums.

In addition, extruded aluminum has high potential for construction of healthy buildings, especially in a post-pandemic world where the best materials for counteracting pathogens may be desired or even required.

Finally, as extruded aluminum products for construction become more diverse, the aesthetic qualities of finishes will grow with demand. Along with aesthetics, the need to keep costs down will continue to balance out the sustainability and product quality of extruded aluminum.

Erika Fredrickson is an independent writer and editor focusing on technology, the environment, and history. She is a frequent contributor for continuing education courses and publications through Confluence Communications. www.confluencec.com

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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in May 2021