Constructing a Sustainable Future
The construction sector plays a significant role in our world, utilizing 50% of our natural resources and contributing to 37% of CO2 emissions. This industry stands at the crossroads of several pressing challenges, such as the dwindling availability of resources, climate change, the energy crisis, rapid urbanization, and population growth.
We know that a more sustainable future necessitates a novel approach to manufacturing and construction, and we’re at the forefront of driving transformative change. However, this endeavor demands commitment across the entire value chain. True transformation can only be achieved by keeping a comprehensive perspective on the environmental impact of buildings throughout their entire lifecycle—from inception to deconstruction—and by implementing known solutions or innovating new ones. The importance of this mission is crystal clear: all in our industry must communicate, create, and accelerate science-based efforts to push boundaries and redefine success.
Working With Integrity
Shifting the paradigm toward homes, offices, schools and hotels that emit less carbon throughout their lifecycle, from materials and industrial processes through use and demolition.
Designing innovative materials and driving smarter construction that withstands weather extremes and extends the life of our buildings.
Circularity is the Solution
Reimagining the design and construction to better manage our resources through circular business practices: waste collection, repurposing materials, and recycling.
Transparency and Performance
Dedicated to healthy environments that take care of people, we are leading in the breadth of our portfolio with HPDs and EPDs.
Taking Action to Achieve Net-Zero by 2050
Managing climate change means decarbonizing our built environment. The goal is simple: by 2050 we must not emit more carbon that we absorb. We must be carbon neutral. As part of Saint-Gobain, we are measuring the carbon impact of our activities, and taking action to build better while emitting less carbon, including redesigned formulations, modernized processes, lighter products, and optimized logistics.
Learn More About Saint-Gobain Sustainability Commitments
Saint-Gobain has set ambitious targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions at company locations across North America. The company is also working to influence our network to decarbonize with us.
Our 2030 Sustainability Goals
We are on the path to achieving our near-term sustainability goals by regularly and diligently reassessing and improving the design, production, and distribution of our products. Our goals set in 2017, fall into four pillars, each with ambitious milestones that collectively move toward reduction of our ecological footprint.
We integrate eco-innovation principles to drive further progress toward zero non-recovered waste, and evolve our products to integrate recycled or renewable materials, extend lifespans, and facilitate eventual recycling or reuse. These actions all are underpinned by a commitment toward ethical business practices for our employees, partners, and the communities within which we live and work, and bring us closer to a perpetual circular economy.
Our Objectives for 2030 Compared to 2017:
Planning for a better tomorrow doesn’t begin today. For us, it began years ago when we defined measurable, actionable goals and a definitive timeline for success.
- 50% Reduction in water withdrawal
- Zero water discharge in areas with extremely high water risk
- 33% Reduction: Scope 1 (direct) & Scope 2 (indirect) emissions
- 16% Reduction: Scope 3 emissions
- 80% Reduction of non-recovered production residue
- +30% virgin raw materials avoided
- 100% recyclable packaging with 30% recycled or biosourced
- 100% LCAs for all of Group product ranges and systems
CertainTeed Products are Leading the Way to a More Sustainable Future
With the broadest portfolio of sustainable products in North America, CertainTeed brings innovative materials and solutions to the table in nearly all applications. As a go-to partner for designing holistic projects that meet sustainable goals, we take pride in pushing further and faster for responsible stewardship of our planet.
Asphaltica technology empowers us to recycle shingle waste by pelletizing it for new uses, such as paved roads.
99% Recyclable Vinyl Siding
It’s durable, it’s attractive, it’s low-maintenance. And it’s nearly infinitely recyclable, making it a sustainable choice for exterior cladding.
Solar Roofing: A Bright Future
Solar panels and shingles are sleek, durable, and help harness the natural power of the sun for clean energy.
Near Zero-Carbon Drywall Manufacturing
Reduced emissions and energy usage make our Montreal wallboard facility the first zero-carbon drywall plant in North America.
Easier for builders, better for the planet: quick-to-construct buildings minimize waste and maximize recycled and reused materials.
We offer sustainable Felt Ceiling Systems and Solutions such as our low-VOC ThinFelt Baffles, which are Red List Free certified and manufactured with PET Felt made from 55% recycled content.
Commercial Roof Solutions: Restore vs Tear Off
Why remove a roof when you can restore it? Our commercial roofing solutions are a responsible choice, helping to extend the life of existing construction.
Energy Efficient Insulation
InsulPure™ fiberglass insulation is composed of high recycled and renewable content, is UL validated formaldehyde-free, and meets the GREENGUARD Gold standard for VOC emissions.
Take the opportunity to learn first-hand about issues facing our industry. We’re all part of the solution!
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Progress happens when we collaborate with leaders and like-minded associates in and around our industry.
US Green Building Council
LEED certification to help transform the built environment.
A collaborative community committed to solving common challenges.
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Connecting the commercial construction and design community to sustainability documentation
Solar Energy International
Authoritative training for the solar workforce.
An ambitious new recycling technology.
Bringing together individuals, businesses, manufacturers, institutions, local government, and policy makers to lead the shift to a circular economy.
Green Building United
The leading green building and sustainability nonprofit education provider in the Philadelphia region.