Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec, Qc, Canada
Sustainable development is becoming increasingly important in the construction and building sectors, since they are responsible for large ecological and carbon footprints.
Fortunately, many stakeholders have realized that sustainable advances can be beneficial in improving social, economic and environmental performance in these areas. Although the contribution of everyone is essential in improving our overall footprint, it goes without saying that manufacturers in the building industry play a major role in achieving this.
HOW TO REDUCE THE CARBON FOOTPRINT OF A BUILDING?
From the construction of the building to its use, we believe in our ability to drive actual progress that will reduce and limit the negative effects that we can collectively have on people’s environment and quality of life. Product improvement, process optimization and diversification of solutions that are more respectful of the environment and our fellow human beings are examples of what we can do.
Among the opportunities that can help decrease the building industry’s carbon footprint are, of course, energy efficiency measures. Insulation is one of the strategies that should be used to reduce energy consumption and, as a result, reduce the building’s carbon footprint. In addition, minimizing that footprint can be achieved by focusing on products or materials made of recyclable or bio-based materials
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN CONSTRUCTION: A NECESSITY
In an era of climate change, taking this direction is necessary to reduce our reliance on fossil fuel or material sources. The adaptation of buildings and infrastructure to the recurrence and intensification of extreme weather events is now a necessity, not only to maintain the building performance, but also to ensure the health and safety of the people.
Conscious of our role despite the diversity and complexity of the issue, we recognize the importance of improving our practices so that we can contribute to passing on a social, environmental and economic legacy that is mindful of present and future generations.
It is from this perspective of sustainable development that various SOPREMA events have been created, aiming to engage in a discussion on the current challenges related to the performance and sustainability of buildings. On June 5, 2018, the first edition of SOPREMA’s Better Buildings Summit was held at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, and Dr. David Suzuki was the guest of honour. The event brought together architects, building owners, general contractors, policy makers and municipal representatives who are part of the movement to promote integrated design as part of sustainable construction projects.
Watch or rewatch Dr. David Suzuki’s speech, entitled “SETTING THE BOTTOM LINE IN THE ANTHROPOCENE” at the 2018 Better Buildings Summit.