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Sustainable Hospitality Hardware

Recycled Bronze Meets Many Demands

June 2012
Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Hardware

By Peter J. Arsenault, FAIA, NCARB, LEED-AP

Continuing Education

Use the following learning objectives to focus your study while reading this month’s Continuing Education article.

Learning Objectives - After reading this article, you will be able to:

  1. Differentiate among basic qualities of bronze as a sustainable building material compared to other architectural metals.
  2. Analyze and assess the multiple qualities of recycled bronze that can contribute to green and sustainable building design.
  3. Explore the qualities of recycled bronze when used in door hardware, particularly in hospitality buildings.
  4. Examine the different applications of recycled bronze in other interior and exterior applications that support green building design.

Credits: 1.00 HSW

This course was approved by the GBCI for 1 GBCI CE hour(s) for LEED Credential Maintenance.

This test is no longer available for credit

Architectural hardware is a significant part of any commercial building, but particularly so in hospitality settings. Hotels, resorts, restaurants, and related building types all rely on properly controlling the flow of people and goods to maintain privacy, security, and operational success. Typically, this control requires well-designed and durable hardware systems that include door and window operating and locking components. From a design standpoint, the selected hardware needs to be consistent with these operational demands, but also with the overall design vocabulary of the building. Further, since all manufactured metals have an environmental impact, the selection of hardware that is made from predominantly recycled material by manufacturers using green and sustainable practices is paramount to green building design. Architects and other design professionals are increasingly finding that bronze architectural hardware meets all of these demands. As a long-standing traditional metal, it has proven its characteristics of durability and sustainability. Modern manufacturing methods combined with this historical strength, allow hospitality facility designers and owners to reap the benefits of the old and new characteristics of bronze architectural hardware.

Bronze as a Material

Bronze is one of the most innovative alloys ever discovered and has been used by humans since prehistoric times. Its significance in antiquity gave rise to the name “The Bronze Age” when it emerged as one of the dominant materials in early civilizations. Initially bronze was used to fashion utilitarian items such as tools, weapons, armor, and various building materials. More recently, bronze continues be one of the materials of choice for monumental statuary, other types of artwork, and building materials such as hardware, plumbing fixtures, and lighting fixtures.


Originally published in the June 2012 issue of Architectural Record
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