Making buildings more energy efficient is at the heart of Saint-Gobain’s strategy. A “green design” approach not only has a positive impact on public health and the environment, it also reduces operating costs and helps create a sustainable community. Therefore, Saint-Gobain actively supports, and makes use of, leading certifications that promote sustainability.
We recycle gypsum for new plasterboards, glass for insulation materials and use waste for drainage layers.
Many products from Saint-Gobain comply with the certification system LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) which is a rating system for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of habitats as developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Over the past number of years, one of the company’s subsidiaries, Saint-Gobain Glass, has launched some of the most advanced energy-efficient glass coatings dedicated to façades, skylights and windows of all types in residential and commercial buildings. The impressive properties of these high-performance coated glass products include thermal insulation, visible light transmittance and solar factor, which has led to some of them receiving LEED accreditation.
The environmental certification scheme BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) was created in the UK in 1990. Today, it is the single biggest certification scheme for buildings in the world.
Saint-Gobain solutions form part of many BREEAM certified buildings (in the form of glass products for example) and the company strives to become a trendsetter for sustainable habitat based on three levels of excellence: energy efficiency through reducing the energy requirements of buildings, comfort for the occupants – and environmental responsibility by conducting LCA of products.
The DGNB certification was created in Germany (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen), but is now used in many countries. The certification is awarded to buildings that comply with specific requirements concerning the environment, social issues, process and technical quality. In short: sustainable buildings.
Products and materials from Saint-Gobain complying with the highest environmental standards are perfectly suited and widely used in DGNB certified buildings. Among those products is the BioClean glazing that, thanks to a special coating, is easy to clean using a minimal amount of water and cleaning solutions.