Saint-Gobain Addresses Sustainability for Construction Professionals
The event also provided Saint-Gobain with an opportunity to present SCORE, a new tool that aims to evaluate construction products in terms of sustainability.
During World Green Building Week (September 24-30), a flagship event organized by the World Green Building Council, Saint-Gobain unveiled Green Buildings, a new web platform that guides sustainable construction professionals through their sustainable certification process. The event also provided Saint-Gobain with an opportunity to present SCORE, a new tool that aims to evaluate construction products in terms of sustainability.
The new web platform is dedicated to sustainable construction stakeholders including architects, design offices, consultants and contractors. The goal is to assist them with their sustainable certification process, notably when it comes to selecting construction products and solutions. In order to meet worldwide demand, the Green Buildings website showcases labels such as BREEAM, LEED or WELL on its international version, as well as local labels on the country-specific versions, such as in Sweden or Spain. The platform presents label certification criteria in a simple and attractive manner and shows how Saint-Gobain solutions can help meet requirements. It also provides the documentation needed to certify projects, such as environmental product declarations or acoustic reports.
In parallel, through its SCORE tool, Saint-Gobain has developed a methodology to assess the performance of its products in terms of sustainability. Market expectations include reduced energy consumption, smaller carbon footprint, recyclable products that are healthy for building occupants, and more. With SCORE, Saint-Gobain is reportedly aiming to provide a response to the sustainability and transparency issues raised by the group’s customers and stakeholders throughout the value chain.
SCORE is used to assess construction products in terms of sustainability, taking into account 21 indicators in five categories (energy and climate, health, materials and circular economy, water and local value creation). For Saint-Gobain, a sustainable product is defined by assessing its performance throughout its entire life cycle in two dimensions: how it contributes to reduced environmental and health impact, and how it delivers increased benefits for customers.
SCORE was tested at two pilot units in 2017 (construction products in Sweden and glazing for façades in Europe). Gradually, it will be rolled out across the Saint-Gobain group to assess construction products. The tool will be used by the R&D and marketing teams and by business unit management to boost eco-innovation and improve global product sustainability performance.
Additional details are available at www.saint-gobain.com.