The same premium Longboard® products, now building a healthier future
A real impact
The building and construction industry accounts for approximately 40% of global carbon emissions. Offering less than 50% of industry average embodied carbon, Longboard ECO™ products provide architects, designers, and builders a sustainable option in reducing carbon, obtaining LEED certification, and make achieving net-zero emissions attainable.
Aluminum: the wonder material
Aluminum is infinitely recyclable and can support a circular economy. The Aluminum Association recently reported that since 1991, the carbon footprint of primary aluminum production declined by 49% while the footprint of recycled aluminum production dropped by 60%. All Longboard products are 100% recyclable, VOC and LBC red list free, made using a chrome-free pretreatment, manufactured using hydro-electric power, and can help earn LEED credits.
Longboard ECO™ products possess verified life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) and product-specific environmental product declarations (EPD). These product-specific EPDs are essential as we see a shift in policies towards lower embodied carbon buildings.
CO2 Cradle-to-gate (Using 50% Recycled AL)
Using at least 50% recycled aluminum, Longboard ECO™ products instantly reduce the carbon emissions of the first three steps in the aluminum extraction process.
After ore is mined, the Bayer process which refines bauxite into alumina accounts for 28% of the entire embodied carbon of aluminum products.
Next, the electrolysis smelting Hall–Héroult process produces 99.5–99.8% pure. This energy intensive process is the largest contributor to the carbon emissions of the aluminum production cycle. Recycled aluminum requires no electrolysis, thus it does not end up in this process.
Less mining, less refining, and less smelting means a savings of approximately 45% of total embodied carbon in our Longboard ECO™ aluminum products. Our products have more recycled aluminum than the industry average, meaning we are reducing embodied carbon on a tangible level to make change.