In Europe, Saint-Gobain’s solutions combine history with the future and help to make renovation a major lever for achieving the Group’s 2050 goal of maximizing its positive impact on its customers and minimizing its environmental footprint. Here are two exemplary initiatives: one in Paris (France) and the other in Lüneburg (Germany).
Europe has 220 million dwellings, 85% of which date from before 2000. They are responsible for 40% of the continent’s greenhouse gas emissions. Renovation is therefore an essential condition for achieving the 2050 decarbonization targets. Saint-Gobain is involved in meeting this huge challenge. Here are two examples, one in France and the other in Germany.
In Paris, an old office building from the 1980s has been renovated to house the new headquarters of the Banque de France. The renovation did not stop at the architectural aspect or the comfort levels in the building, but also took into account energy efficiency, as evidenced by the multiple environmental certifications received: HQE, BREEAM and BBC-Energie Rénovation. Saint-Gobain Glass solutions were chosen to glaze the 2,000 m² façade. SGG COOL-LITE SKN 176 glass, for example, was chosen for its neutral, low-reflection appearance and high light transmission. It limits the use of air conditioning in summer and prevents heat loss in winter due to its moderate solar control and excellent thermal insulation.
In Germany, near Hamburg, an 18th century inn has been restored. With the historical character of the 3,400 m2 building intact, homes and businesses now comply with the highest standards. With 22 apartments and a bakery on the ground floor, the new “Dorfkrug” is one of the largest half-timbered residential complexes in the region. Rigips and ISOVER solutions were chosen for their fire and insulation properties, particularly on the cantilevered ceilings, timber floors and half-timbered façade, which presented many challenges. Finally, the dividing walls are designed with Rigips and ISOVER products to improve noise insulation. Today, residents and customers alike can enjoy the unique combination of old-world charm and modern comfort.