Sustainable HVAC

Sustainable HVAC insulation for sustainable buildings

As the world’s population continues to grow and natural resources become scarce, climate change has become a daily reality and an unprecedented challenge. Energy efficiency and carbon neutrality have therefore become prerequisites for today’s sustainable buildings.

At every stage of its life cycle, a sustainable building should help improve people’s comfort, safety and well-being while minimising the consumption of energy and natural resources, reducing the environmental footprint and resulting in lower running costs and increased property values.

Did you know?

  • Buildings account for 33% of global energy consumption.

  • Buildings account for 39% of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

HVAC can represent up to 80% of total buildings energy consumption.
 

(source: ec.europa.eu).

As a consequence, sustainable HVAC systems help minimising the environmental impact of buildings. Our insulation solutions help reduce energy consumption and energy-related emissions over the life of your building projects, while having minimal (ideally zero) environmental impact during manufacturing and all their life cycle.

We strive to continuously increase the amount of recycled content in our products, and some of our glass wool solutions are made of up to 80% recycled glass.

Did you know ?

Insulation is an investment that begins to pay off right after installation and will continue to save huge amounts of energy and CO2 throughout the life of the building.

At the heart of green building certifications

The most recent versions of green building certifications (LEED, BREEAM, WELL, HQE International etc.) have placed even more emphasis on energy efficiency. Sustainable HVAC is an integral part of those certifications as it affects several of the scoring categories.

These scoring categories basically decide how “green” a building is: all aspects of a sustainable building’s design, construction, operation and maintenance – including sustainable HVAC – are taken into account and are certified at different levels. Highly efficient HVAC systems will help you certify your sustainable building projects, not only saving energy and reducing CO2 emissions, but also because they require less maintenance, which helps to waste less of resources. Sustainable HVAC also has a huge impact on the building user experience by providing acoustic and thermal comfort.

To provide detailed information on the environmental footprint of our solutions, we perform Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) of our products and have issued Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for many of our solutions. They give a complete but summarised picture of the environmental impacts of a product, from the extraction of raw materials to the end of life, including production. EPDs also allow you to earn valuable points for green building certifications.

 

 

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