Aluminium Resources and Information

This section details technical information on aluminium doors and windows, including references, technical drawings, standards, legislation and other references.

The industry has a vast number of organisations, bodies, supporting information and information available.  The Resources section will contain posts relating to further information, useful links and more.

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Why Aluminium?

The demand for aluminium products is increasing year by year.

Aluminium is a young material, and in the little more than a century since its first commercial production, it has become the world’s second most used metal after steel.

Aluminium is the metal of choice for leading designers, architects and engineers, who want a material that combines functionality and cost-effectiveness with innovative form and design potential.

Aluminium is an extraordinarily versatile material. The range of forms it can take – from castings, extrusions, tubes, sheet & plate to foil, powder, and forgings – and the variety of surface finishes available – including coatings, anodizing and polishing – means can be used in many, many products, often those which we use every day.

Aluminium is light (33% the weight of steel) and this, together with its numerous material qualities, makes it useful throughout modern life. It is a good conductor of electricity and most overhead and many underground transmission lines are made of aluminium. It transmits conducted heat and reflects radiant heat, making it an excellent medium from which to produce cooking utensils and foils, radiators and building insulation. Its strength, combined with its low density, makes it ideal for transport and packaging applications. Aluminium is a unique metal: strong, durable, flexible, impermeable, lightweight, corrosion-resistant and 100 per cent recyclable.

Throughout the resources section, there will be links to useful industry information such as:

Aluminium in Building – British, European & Other Standards

BSI (British Standards Institute) is the National Standards Body for the United Kingdom.  The following is a list of British and Other standards applicable to the use of Aluminium in Building and other door and window materials for general reference.… Read More...

Glossary of Terms for Doors, Windows and Hardware

Access Control Any barrier or device that prohibits or restricts, free or unlimited access. Access Control Cylinder Cylinder, which features electronic access control. It allows the main lock to operate without additional wiring and no hardware changes and modifications. Access… Read More...

Secured By Design

Secured by Design (SBD) is the UK Police flagship initiative supporting the principles of “designing out crime”. Windows and doors that carry SBD approval have been assessed to provide a high degree of resistance to break-ins. Secured by Design will… Read More...