Sustainability

Young woman enjoying sustainability

Sustainable Construction with ISOVER

As the world’s population continues to grow and natural resources become more scarce, global warming is becoming a daily reality and unprecedented challenge. 

Making constructions more sustainable requires us to examine every aspect from sourcing to components and performance. The different solutions and materials, such as insulation, are contributing to reducing energy use and therefore energy-related emissions, while also causing minimum impact to the environment (ideally zero) during their manufacture and entire lifecycle.

Innovating for the future of our planet

As a world leader in sustainable insulation solutions, we combine in-depth market knowledge with cutting-edge research and development to optimise building performance to meet current and future needs in terms of :

 

  • Comfort
  • Technical and environmental performance
  • Health & safety
  • Cost


Our range of technical solutions demonstrate that it is possible to provide high levels of thermal performance with low environmental impacts. They provide fast payback in terms of cost and environmental impacts.

We’ve set ourselves the challenge of continuing to improve safety, reduce unwanted noise and maintain comfortable working temperatures whilst cutting energy waste and reducing energy-related global warming.

This ambition is reflected in the array of initiatives we implemented in recent years, from increasing recycled content in our insulation materials to limiting the number of kilometres our products travel and minimising emissions from Volatile Organic Compounds.

ISOVER’s aim is to be recognized by all customers as the innovative worldwide leaderin sustainable insulation solutions. Sustainability is embedded in our innovation policy that incorporates the 3 pillars of eco-innovation defined by Saint-Gobain.

Diagram of the 3 pillars of ecoinnovation

Upholding the values of the Saint-Gobain group

To help keeping global temperature increase within 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, Saint-Gobain has committed to become net “zero carbon company” by 2050. The Group is already making a significant contribution to improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions on its construction, mobility and industry markets. With this new commitment, Saint-Gobain goes one step further towards impact reduction. This 2050 vision is critical to drive Saint-Gobain’s medium and long-term strategy.

Furthermore, Saint-Gobain is part of several worldwide environmental initiatives :

United Nations Global Compact : A framework for businesses committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. 

Global 100 : Saint-Gobain is included in the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the world. 

Saint-Gobain Initiatives Foundation : The Saint-Gobain Initiatives international corporate foundation supports employee projects focusing on:

  • Integrating young people through work in the housing sector
  • Constructing, refurbishing and renovating social housing
  • Reducing energy consumption and environmental protection in social housing

Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) : As part of the Carbon Disclosure Project, Saint-Gobain provides annual reports on the company’s CO2 emissions and climate strategy.

Guaranteeing environmental transparency

We understand it’s important to know just how environmentally friendly our solutions are. That this is an essential criterion for selecting suppliers, whether for insulation or other building materials. This is why we choose to disclose detailed information about the environmental impact of all our products as transparently as possible using Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Did you know? 

ISOVER was the first glass-wool manufacturer in the world to carry out LCAs in the early 1990s. Today, we have more than 400 verified EDPs available worldwide. These documents are checked by an independent third party to ensure the information is reliable and qualitative.

What are EPDs?

EPDs are standardised documents based on Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs), which reveal the environmental impacts of a product throughout its lifecycle. It is currently the only science-based methodology that allows objective comparison and optimisation at a product and building level.

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