Zinc is a metal that has been used in building and renovation work for centuries. Examples of its application include gutters, rainwater downpipes and roof and façade cladding. Zinc is not only chosen for aesthetic reasons, it is also a sustainable option. Zinc is a reliable and durable material offering a long lifespan. It is consistent with the circular economy. After use the material can be melted down again and serve as a raw material for new applications. Moreover, zinc is a highly functional metal: it ensures that rainwater is drained in a reliable manner. And this is important because leaks are a major inconvenience and cause serious damage. Zinc is also a popular material due to its unique appearance. There are few building materials that provide a total environmental balance that is as positive as that of zinc. Zinc lasts over 75 years. After use zinc is collected and recycled. Over 95% of zinc is reused. Zinc offers an outstanding environmental profi le due to its long lifespan and high degree of recycling.