Environment
Thinking
Green
Southern Aluminum has been constructing durable aluminum tables and staging for over 30 years that adhere to our stringent guidelines of product innovation, consumer efficiency, and green initiatives. In June 2009, Southern Aluminum became a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and supports the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system developed by the USGBC.

Aluminum is one of the most recycled materials on the planet. By incorporating this green material in all of our product designs, Southern Aluminum naturally offers one of the most sustainable product lines available. The aluminum in our products contains at least 70% recycled aluminum (10% post-consumer and 60% preconsumer). Higher recycled content available upon specific customer request. Southern Aluminum products are fully recyclable.

Southern Aluminum implements several sustainable practices throughout our production facility. The conservation of scrap materials is continually studied in the daily production process of all Southern Aluminum products. Fall-off scrap metal from assembly is collected and recycled at a recovery facility. A powder coating system is used to optimize re-use of water and also minimize steam off-gas. Overspray from this system is recovered and blended to formulate a standard leg color. Energy conservation is implemented by using fewer multiple power outlets, use of HVLS fans, and regular shutdown periods.
 
 
 

Sustainable qualities of aluminum:

  • Seventy (70%) percent of all aluminum produced since the year 1886 is still in use today.
  • Recycling aluminum saves ninety-five (95%) percent of the energy it would take to produce new metal from bauxite ore.
  • Every ton of recycled aluminum saves four (4) tons of the raw bauxite required to produce “new” aluminum.
  • Southern Aluminum products have 70% recycled material, and are 100% recyclable after their long lives.
  • Southern Aluminum encourages and practices recycling.
Green Certification Breakdown
Bloom Award
Southern Aluminum is honored to have won the 2010 Bloom Award for Occasional Furniture with the XCube Table™. The Bloom Awards are sponsored by Interiors & Sources magazine and ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). They honor products that embody both aesthetics and environmental responsibility.
Evergreen Award
Southern Aluminum is the proud recipient of the 2006 U.S. General Services Administration Evergreen Award for the furniture category. This achievement is awarded annually to one company that makes a concentrated effort to lighten the footprint modern society places on the environment. This award has encouraged and inspired Southern Aluminum to continue partnering with Mother Nature to preserve a healthy environment for generations to come.
LEED
(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system that is a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. We have been a member since June 2009. There is no single product or building material that may accurately be classified as ‘LEED certified’ in and of itself. The complete overall building design and construction merits LEED certification.
California Technical Bulletin 133
Cal 133 is a fire code standard that tests products for emission of toxic fumes, gases, or smoke from fire at high temperatures. Southern Aluminum products have been tested and were found to exceed the stringent criteria set for Cal 133. All tests were performed by a certified and independent laboratory.