Sustainable Construction Observatory

Saint-Gobain is determined to play a key role in the transition of the construction sector and become a reference company that is both pioneer and driver, to bring all stakeholders on board. That is why Saint-Gobain wanted to create the Sustainable Construction Observatory.


In the face of increasingly intensive planetwide challenges, the construction sector must shift rapidly and comprehensively toward sustainable construction. The aim of this mobilization must be to drastically and permanently reduce construction-related greenhouse gas emissions, to preserve non-renewable natural resources, to reduce energy and to provide decent, comfortable housing for all.

With its commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, the Saint-Gobain Group has voiced its ambition to be the worldwide leader in sustainable construction. Saint-Gobain is determined to play a key role in this transition and become a reference company that is both pioneer and driver, to bring all stakeholders on board.

In this rapidly changing world that is starting to embrace carbon neutrality, the construction sector must prove equal to the task. Let us not forget that this sector alone produces 37% of CO₂ emissions, consumes 50% of natural resources and generates 40% of our solid waste. Nor should we forget that housing and infrastructure are central to our societies and have constantly evolved as genuine waymarkers of our civilizations.

Today, I am convinced that the construction sector has a major role to play – a decisive role for the equilibrium of our planet and for humankind. Saint-Gobain displays this ambition in its purpose: making the world a better home. On every continent, our 168,000 employees embody this conviction, and, thanks to their active support, Saint-Gobain is leading the way in sustainable construction.


The Observatory takes the pulse of sustainable construction in the world: perception and reality, barriers and progress levers, anticipated solutions, the most active stakeholders, and so on. It allows us to measure progress and identify action areas in which to focus our collective efforts.

Sustainable Construction Barometer

The Sustainable Construction Observatory sets up a worldwide Barometer each year and shares it with stakeholders and the general public.

2024 Sustainable Construction Barometer – Key learnings
2024 Sustainable Construction Barometer
2023 Sustainable Construction Barometer


The Observatory compiles knowledge, testimonials and analyses relating to the challenges and solutions of sustainable construction: it is intended to be a tool for teaching and raising awareness, and an aid to decision-making for all the stakeholders concerned.

Constructing a Sustainable Future

The Sustainable Construction Observatory has launched, the digital magazine Constructing a sustainable future, to shed light on sustainable construction, its impact on the climate and society, and to discover innovative solutions and inspiring projects.

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The Observatory brings together key figures from a still-fragmented worldwide market. Uniting construction professionals, institutions and citizens, it promotes the sharing of ideas and best practice and helps to create and roll out solutions.


The Sustainable Construction Observatory organizes regular international meetings around major multilateral events.

In the face of accelerating global challenges, we can make a difference. In a two minutes video, the Sustainable Construction Observatory presents its strategy and its 3 tools for boosting sustainable construction around the world.