Systematizing the second life of construction waste

The growing demand for resources in the building industry has a direct consequence: it increases the amount of waste. In total, no less than 2.2 billion tons of construction waste are expected to be generated worldwide by 2025. How can we reverse this trend? Here are some explanations.

Producing goods and services in a sustainable way by limiting the consumption of resources and the production of waste. Sounds familiar? This is the key principle of the circular economy. This systemic approach is based on the idea that "nothing is lost, and everything is transformed". While many sectors have started to apply this approach, construction also has a strong card to play to reduce the amount of waste it generates.

The range of materials developed at Saint-Gobain allows those involved in the construction process to benefit from circular solutions. For example, when designing new buildings, they can rely on recycled and/or sustainable materials created by Saint-Gobain. The renovation of old buildings can also be based on a range of products that optimize the building to make it more environmentally friendly.

The use of construction and demolition waste is essential for Saint-Gobain. And since a transition never happens on its own, we intend to spread the movement. To this end, we have developed collection and sorting services for our customers' construction waste. This work is both essential and desirable if the construction sector is to embrace the circular economy.