Thin Skins: The Role of Aluminum in Building Facade Technology

Thin Skins: The Role of Aluminum in Building Facade Technology

October 25, 2017, 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

Learning Theater 2 (Booth #1041)


Did you know that buildings are responsible for over 40% of energy and material requirements worldwide? Today, there are significant opportunities to use aluminum differently - and more efficiently - in a wide variety of industries, the building industry among them. With shifts in technology, practice, and materials used in building skins, energy savings can be realized while comfort is increased and a sustainable future secured.

In this session, Mic Patterson will discuss emerging opportunities and threats to the use of aluminum as a predominant building façade material. Schuco’s work in advancing the use of aluminum to optimize comfort, security, energy efficiency, resilience, and sustainability will also be explored.

The building façade combines aspects of performance and appearance like nothing else in architecture, and market demands are escalating with respect to both. Join Mic as he reveals how the use of aluminum is responding to these market-changing expectations.


  • Mic Patterson


    Director of Strategic Development, Virtual Construction Lab

    Schuco USA

    Mic Patterson is a designer, researcher, educator, futurist, author, photographer, and entrepreneur. He has concentrated his professional and...


  1. Track
    Recycling/ Sustainability
  2. Industry
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