Across the world, more and more people are moving into cities, a trend which is forecast to continue into the distant future. By 2050, it is estimated that more than 60% of the world’s population will live in cities on just 2% of the earth’s surface. Cities need to be more efficient, advanced, sociable and greener to cope with the extra demands placed upon them.
The concept of ‘smart cities’ was therefore created, seeking to integrate communicating infrastructures and new services that improve comfort, safety and quality of life of inhabitants. So what does this mean in practical terms? Here are some examples:
Smart Homes Intelligent houses with connected household devices
Smart Healthcare Wearable devices that transmit health parameters to doctors in real time
Smart Infrastructure City-wide digital security surveillance
Smart Mobility In-vehicle telematics connected to traffic systems
Smart Energy Intelligent street lighting that automatically dim, brighten and switch off
One of the vital aspects of a smart city is that it uses sustainable materials. Contemporary aluminium window and door systems are the preferred eco-friendly option, being completely compatible with green living. Discovered in the 1820s, aluminium is the most abundant metal on earth, making up over 8% of the earth’s crust. It is lightweight, strong, easy to handle, durable and provides architects with endless design possibilities.
Aluminium has excellent recycling properties too: recycling aluminium saves around 95% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to producing the raw product. The process is very quick – an aluminium product you dispose of can be back on the shelf within six weeks. It can be continuously recycled without losing its benefits; furthermore, it is an incredibly low-maintenance material, requiring limited care to keep it in top condition.
AluK is committed to providing high-quality and thoughtfully designed materials for global projects that have an emphasis on smarter living. There are smart projects around the world that are specifying AluK products; they were chosen for Clearpoint Residences at Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka, for example, which will be the tallest residential vertical garden in the world upon completion. Its self-sustainable planted terraces will provide residents with the best of eco-friendly living.
With cities today encouraged to adopt new-energy models and greener characteristics, make sure you’re part of the future by using aluminium products.