The framework for temporary warehouses is made from aluminium. This common metal is very lightweight, easy to work with and incredibly strong. The ease with which it can be shaped adds to the load bearing properties of aluminium, as it can be formed into shapes which are naturally good at bearing weight and resisting torsion. It is also naturally resistant to corrosion, making it a great choice for low maintenance builds and structures that need to withstand humidity or rainfall. Aluminium temporary building frames are manufactured to withstand the maximum wind and snow loading conditions in the UK, proving that this material is just as strong as heavier, more industrial types of metal.
Aluminium is one of the most easily recyclable metals, and it takes significantly less energy to recycle it than to create it from bauxite, the mineral ore from which aluminium is extracted. Recycling aluminium uses just 5% of the energy it takes to create it from bauxite, and around 75% of all the aluminium ever produced is still in use. It is also much more energy efficient to produce, either in recycled or virgin form, than other construction materials like steel or iron. It can be recycled almost indefinitely without losing any of its properties, so what is now the framework for a temporary warehouse could have also been a ladder, a drink can or part of a car at some point previously. When temporary buildings are retired, the framework can be recycled once again, leaving no scrap metal and ensuring the future stocks of recycled aluminium remain high.
Although the cladding used in our temporary buildings is steel, the framework is a very large part of the building and if this were fabricated in steel as well, the temporary warehouse frame would be very heavy to lift and transport, increasing the installation time and requiring groundwork preparations in order to handle the weight of the frame. By using aluminium instead, the frame is lighter, just as strong, and can be installed without specialist equipment and without any groundworks that could negatively impact the surrounding environment and increase the lead time from order to installation.
The final environmental benefit of aluminium framed temporary buildings is that they are excellent venues for recycling plants and waste sorting facilities. Due to the flexible nature of the structures they can be expanded if more room is needed for waste processing and storage, and they can be specified to fit recycling equipment easily inside. Businesses that create a lot of waste that has to be commercially removed and handled could benefit from taking on that project in house, reducing the spend on external suppliers and eventually being able to offer waste processing and recycling facilities to other smaller companies in the same industry. Any business working with metal, wood, plastic or other recyclable materials could benefit from taking ownership of their own waste disposal and it would certainly improve the environmental credentials of the company.
Whether you are using an aluminium framed temporary warehouse for waste processing and recycling, or just as a storage and production facility, it is a sustainable and environmentally sound choice.