Sustainable construction means that homes, buildings and other structures are developed and used with respect for people and the environment. Sustainable building involves not just energy savings in homes and buildings, but also the use of sustainable materials, the responsible use of water and preventing the exhaustion of certain building materials, for example.
Sustainable building encourages innovation and product development. Products currently used by default have been developed on the basis of sustainable thinking. For example, water-based paints and so-called high-solid paints with fewer harmful substances. Raising awareness is also an important part of sustainable building. Introducing uniform energy labels leads to better awareness. Innovation is also occurring in energy saving. Thanks in part to legislation, the industry has developed fuel-efficient heating boilers and ventilation systems, among other things. Sustainable energy is also being used increasingly, with the deployment of heat pumps, solar boilers and solar panels.
Sustainable building is building with sustainability as a goal. We focus as far as possible on sustainability in the design, construction and use phases, as well as in demolition. The following aspects are particularly important here: saving energy, materials and water. In several cases there is still plenty of scope for economising on these basic elements. We also devote a great deal of attention to creating a healthy indoor environment that causes minimal nuisance in terms of light and noise. Furthermore, it is important that there is no pollution, such as the emission of CO2, and that materials can be reused wherever possible.
Sustainability denotes the scarcity of the resources that generate prosperity, now and in the future. The earth’s surface is finite; raw materials can run out; and the absorption capacity of the atmosphere and our natural environment has its limits.