How To Create a Sustainable Future: Green Levers for the Building and Construction Industry

The building and construction industry is focusing on hot topics such as climate change, scarcity of resources and urbanisation. The importance of sustainability cannot overemphasized in this context. Nearly 40% of global CO 2 emissions, and 36% global energy consumption are associated with building and construction. These numbers clearly show the need for sustainable solutions in this industry.

Building companies that are active in the industry have an obligation to help create a sustainable future. Uponor, a leading international provider of water-moving solutions and infrastructure solutions, is committed to helping European customers find the best solutions to greener building designs.

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There are many ways to improve the sustainability of buildings. One way is to optimize raw material use. Another approach is to reduce energy consumption. The key to finding the right partners to help architects implement these measures is to find the right partner to offer them the most energy-efficient and resource-conserving solutions that are specific to their project needs.

Uponor has a variety of products and solutions that can help you achieve a more sustainable construction practice. For example, bio-based PEX pipes promise the same trustworthiness and quality as conventional PEX pipes but with a lower carbon footprint of up 90%. The brand’s commitment to renewable raw materials and methods that enable the transformation of construction projects into eco-viability is evident in this new product line.

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Ecoflex VIP is another example: it’s a pre-insulated pipe that can be used for heating local and regional areas. Ecoflex VIP is a flexible foam insulation pipe that combines heat-loss performance with flexibility. It is one of the most popular on the market. This ground-breaking Vacuum Insulated panel (VIP), technology can reduce heat loss by up to 60%

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Another of Uponor’s core sustainable options is energy-efficient underfloor heating. Radiant heating solutions are comparable to those that use renewable energy. They heat at a lower temperature than radiators. Wide surfaces can be used for heat transmission, which can lead to a 40% reduction in primary energy consumption compared to fan coils. Smart controls and auto-balancing can also help to reduce energy consumption in the family home.

The Greenspace PCTG, Asturias (Spain)

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Greenspace PCTG, an Asturias office building that is net-zero in emissions, is a true example of sustainable construction. The building follows the principles of the circular economy. At its heart, you will find a healthy, low-emission architecture. The building has a positive energy balance, and generates more energy than it consumes. This is due in large part to Uponor’s ‘ThermallyActive Building Systems’ (TABS) which plays a unique role by reducing the building’s energy consumption and creating net-zero heating/cooling.

This building’s energy concept also includes a bioclimatic design, 134 solar panels and a lift that runs off the energy generated by these panels. It is also illuminated with low-energy LED bulbs controlled by intelligent sensors. The end result? A creative work environment that encourages creativity and sustains productivity.

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Greenspace’s impressive combination of eco-efficiency and energy efficiency has earned it a LEED gold certification. This is a worldwide symbol of sustainability for resource-conscious buildings. Greenspace is ranked among the top sustainable buildings worldwide with the gold certification.

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The bottom line

Greenspace is not something that every building can achieve. It is a case study that highlights the many possibilities of incorporating sustainability into buildings today. Greenspace also highlights the importance of having a partner that can combine these green technologies in a holistic approach. The strong sustainability agenda of Uponor is a sign that the top companies in the construction sector are preparing for the future. The wide variety of sustainable products and services it offers, which are inspired in part by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), are continually evolving. All of this information is transparently published. Learn more about Uponor’s contributions to a sustainable future.