How to create a sustainable future: green levers for the building and construction industry
Climate change, resource scarcity and urbanization are hot topics in the building and construction industry. In this context, the importance of sustainability cannot be overstated: nearly 40% of global CO2 emissions and 36% of global energy consumption is associated with building and construction. These figures clearly illustrate the growing need for more sustainable solutions in the industry.
Companies that play an active role in the construction industry have a responsibility to lead the way to a more sustainable future. That’s why partners like Uponor, one of the world’s leading providers of water supply solutions for buildings and infrastructure, strive to help European customers choose the perfect solutions for greener buildings.
There are different ways to increase the durability of buildings. One approach is to find ways to optimize the use of raw materials. Another typical approach is to implement measures to reduce energy consumption. Finding the right levers to implement these measures means finding the right partner who can offer architects the most resource-efficient and energy-efficient solutions adapted to the needs of their projects.
Uponor offers a range of products and solutions to achieve a more sustainable building practice. Bio-based PEX tubing, for example, promises the same quality and reliability as Uponor’s conventional PEX tubing, but with a reduced carbon footprint of up to 90%. This new product line is part of the brand’s overall commitment to renewable raw materials and methods that facilitate the transformation of construction projects into ecological sustainability.
Another example is Ecoflex VIP: a pre-insulated pipe for local and district heating networks. Ecoflex VIP combines flexibility and heat loss performance for one of the most standard flexible foam pipe insulation on the market today. By adopting this revolutionary vacuum insulated panel (VIP) technology, heat loss can be reduced by up to 60%.
Energy-efficient underfloor heating and cooling is another of Uponor’s leading sustainable solutions. Comparable to these renewable energy resources, radiant heating solutions use a lower temperature for heating compared to radiators. In fact, the use of large surfaces for heat transmission can result in a 40% decrease in primary energy consumption compared to fan coil units. A further 15% reduction in energy consumption can be achieved in family homes through smart controls and automatic balancing.
The Greenspace PCTG in Asturias, Spain
A true masterpiece of sustainable construction is Greenspace PCTG in Asturias, one of the few net zero office buildings in Spain. This building respects the rules of the circular economy, with at its heart a healthy and energy-efficient architecture based on low-emission materials. The building has a positive energy balance and in fact generates more energy than it uses, thanks in large part to Uponor’s “thermally active building systems” (TABS), which play a unique role in reducing of the building’s energy consumption and the creation of a heating and cooling system.
The energy concepts of this building also include a bioclimatic design and 134 solar panels, as well as an elevator that works thanks to the energy produced by these solar panels; without forgetting to be lit by low-consumption LED bulbs controlled by intelligent sensors. The overall result? An innovative work environment that fosters creative thinking and sustainable productivity.
The impressive combination of energy efficiency and green measures employed by the Greenspace building – including its use of renewable energy, sound architecture and low-emitting materials – has earned it a gold certification from LEED, a globally recognized symbol. of achieving sustainability for resources. conscious buildings. The gold certification places Greenspace among the most sustainable buildings in the world.
The bottom line
Not all buildings today can claim the ecological grandeur of green spaces. But as a case study, it highlights some of the many opportunities to build more sustainability into buildings today. Greenspace also emphasizes the importance of being able to count on a partner capable of integrating these green technologies into the same holistic approach. Uponor’s strong sustainability program reflects how leading companies in the construction industry are positioning themselves today for the future. Its wide range of sustainability products and services, inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, are constantly evolving and reassessed for even better solutions for the future, all transparently published. Learn more about Uponor’s contribution to a sustainable future here.