A technical seminar for professionals in the construction and building rehabilitation sectors was organized last 24th September in the conference room of the Official College of Architects in Bilbao (Spain), with the participation of Tecnalia Certificación, GBCe, IHOBE, Saint-Gobain, Alucoil and the CTME, and the aim of encouraging a sustainable approach on a regular and continuous basis.
This seminar also targeted construction products and materials manufacturers, introducing them to different environmental communication tools present in the market (such as EPD’s), their integration into building certification schemes and their value as a powerful differentiation tool into the companies’ sustainability strategy.
Through the last couple of years, the need of defining and demanding environmental requirements has become one of the main trends in the construction sector, taking into consideration that it represents the 25% of raw materials overall consumption, the 30% of both the energy consumption and the CO2 emissions, the 20% of the drinking water depletion, and between 30% and 40% of the total amount of waste generated, just to mention a few of its impacts.
Sustainable buildings certification schemes, such as VERDE, LEED, and BREEAM, could mean a very useful tool for those professionals seeking for a way of measuring how sustainable a building is. These certification systems are attracting a growing interest from public and private promoters, as well as architects and prescribers. Nowadays there are both, residential (mainly state-subsidised) and office buildings certified in Spain.
On the other hand, implementing these certification schemes criteria into the buildings design and execution stages, opens new possibilities for collaboration between architects, prescribers and promotors on the one hand, and construction products manufacturers on the other. Taking into account that, in order to determine the environmental performance of the building as a whole, the products incorporated represent a significant part, Environmental Product Declarations are a key element in the environmental assessment of buildings, providing accurate and reliable data.
This summary of the event was kindly provided by Tecnalia Certificación.