Extrusions make vehicles and buildings more energy efficient. In 2019, pre-pandemic, the U.S. consumed over 75,000 trillion BTUs of energy. In 2019, pre-pandemic, the U.S. consumed over 75,000 trillion BTUs of energy. Building operations and transportation account for two-thirds of that total.
In buildings, extruded aluminum sunshades, louvers and light shelves help reduce energy requirements for lighting and air conditioning, while extruded racking systems support building mounted photovoltaic panels generating solar power in lieu of energy from fossil fuels.