Promote sustainable housing

Saint-Gobain encourages sustainable construction and develops innovative solutions for new and renovated buildings that are energy efficient, comfortable, healthy and esthetically superior, while at the same time protecting natural resources.

Sustainable buldings

Promoting sustainable construction

Raising awareness among stakeholders

In industrialized nations, the building industry alone accounts for around 40% of energy consumption and 38% of greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: UNEP-SBCI

The increase in the world's population, coupled with accelerated urbanization in high-growth countries, as well as the major impact of the construction sector on the environment require changes in the way we build. The ageing of the existing stock in mature countries requires an increased effort to build new buildings and renovate older ones.

At the same time, climate change and the scarcity of natural resources require action to limit energy consumption and the use of raw materials. No significant progress can therefore be made without massive action in favour of sustainable construction.

ON THE GROUND

Saint-Gobain has been involved locally for several years in sustainable housing by joining the Green Building Councils (GBC). These national associations of professionals and players in the housing market are privileged spaces for exchanges to promote sustainable construction. The Group is a member of more than thirty CBGs worldwide. Saint-Gobain is also a partner of the European network, a "platinum" member of the USGBC, and has joined the advisory board of the World Green Building Council.

ON A EUROPEAN SCALE

The Group is committed to raising public awareness of the impact of buildings on the environment and energy consumption. Saint-Gobain is also involved in the creation and development of local initiatives to promote energy efficiency in housing, such as Isolons la Terre contre le CO2 in France, Spaar het klimaat in the Netherlands and Alliance to save energy in the United States. 

Energy efficient, environmentally friendly, comfortable and healthy: this is sustainable housing for Saint-Gobain.

PROOF BY EXAMPLE

In response to the challenges of growth, energy savings and environmental protection, Saint-Gobain is demonstrating through its achievements how its innovative solutions contribute to sustainable housing, for both residential and commercial buildings (offices, hospitals, schools, etc.). 

Multi-Comfort Program

Multi-Comfort House, Larvik, Norway.

With the Multi-Comfort program, lot of activities associate their solution to build or renovate residential or tertiary buildings. As showcases of their know-how, they respect the specificities of each country, while anticipating regulations. The programme aims to minimise the impact on the environment, and is structured around different types of comfort: 

  • thermal, 
  • acoustic, 
  • visual (aesthetics and natural light), 
  • air quality, 
  • security and modularity (adaptation of the premises to changing needs). 

The CARE:4® Program

To set an example, Saint-Gobain operates on its own buildings with the CARE:4® program (Company Actions for the Reduction of Energy by 4). Its objective is to reduce by a factor of four the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions of the Group's tertiary real estate portfolio by 2040.

Develop Sustainable Solutions 

Inventing tomorrow's solutions

Life Cycle Assessment

weber.col flex éco tile adhesive was developed in accordance with the principles of eco-innovation.

To improve, you have to measure first. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is the main tool used by Saint-Gobain to assess the environmental impact of products and solutions. Rigorous and complete, this tool is the most widely used on the sustainable construction market today. The results provide an understanding of where the main environmental impacts associated with a product are located. They help Saint-Gobain to choose the priority areas of work to improve this product. 

All Saint-Gobain product families for the construction market have a life cycle analysis.

Eco-innovation

Saint-Gobain's objective is to provide its customers with real added value by developing and distributing innovative solutions that reduce the environmental impact of buildings and infrastructure throughout their life cycle. This is the objective of the Group's eco-innovation policy. This policy is based on tools and a series of training courses.

The Marketing and Research & Development teams create tomorrow's solutions by taking into account their impact on the planet.

Further preserve Resources 

Circular economy

The construction sector generates a lot of waste. Saint-Gobain implements construction or demolition waste recovery projects such as waste reduction at source (notably through eco-innovation), on-site waste sorting and recycling of collected waste. 

Customer support

Saint-Gobain informs its external partners and customers (architects, builders or craftsmen) of the environmental performance of its products by communicating the results of its life cycle analyses and the contribution of its solutions to "green buildings", i. e. certified HQE, LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, etc.

Since 2018, Saint-Gobain has launched a new service to facilitate certification process for sustainable buildings.

This platform which brings together different activities from Saint-Gobain group, offers actors from sustainable construction market to select the best Saint-Gobain solutions that contribute to obtaining building certification such as LEED, BREEAM, WELL. Also available in local version (Sweden and Spain), this site presents also local labelling schemes and provides many documents required for certification such as environmental product declarations, noise certificates, VOC tests...

Moreover, training craftsmen in construction and energy renovation techniques is a strategic challenge for the Group, which carries out important information and educational work with professionals in the construction sector. There are many initiatives:

  • mobile trucks, 
  • counters specialising in the brands of the Building Distribution Sector, 
  • support in the field, 
  • conferences,
  • transversal or thematic training centres.

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