SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS GUIDE
Building With the Future in Mind
As a manufacturer of building products, it is essential for SOPREMA to act by promoting sustainable development and to contribute to the future of the current and successive generations.
With that in mind, we have developed our first Canadian guide to sustainable solutions. This tool gathers together all our products and systems that can help promote eco-friendly construction.
This guide is intended for construction professionals concerned with improving the way of designing, constructing, transforming, and renovating buildings and infrastructure.
Download this guide and make the right choice in terms of sustainable development in building construction.
THEMES AND ISSUES
This guide covers more than 18 sustainable development issues and challenges that are addressed under the following four themes :
- Ecosourced materials
- Food production
- Energy efficiency –
- Water management
- Urban heat islands
- Air pollution
Quality of life
- Thermal comfort – Building envelope
- Acoustic comfort – Soundproofing
- Indoor air quality
- Space optimization
- Resurfacing, recovering, and repair
- Green building certifications
- Built heritage
- Transparency – EPDs and HPDs
A GUIDE BASED ON CONCRETE COMMITMENTS
The solutions presented in this guide contribute to SOPREMA’s commitments in terms of sustainable development.
Fight Against Climate Change
Improving Human Health and Well-Being
WHAT IS A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION?
Sustainable solutions are initiatives based on the will to resolve several environmental, social, and economic challenges in a durable and systematic manner. As part of the use or operation of a building, sustainable solutions must contribute to the following :
Extending the building’s useful life
Improving the building’s overall performance
Increasing the building’s resilience
Ensuring the health and comfort of the occupants
DECLARATIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS : TRANSPARENCY AND SUSTAINABILITY
To facilitate the adoption of a global approach in the selection of materials, new documents are becoming available to help professionals consider the impacts of our products on the environment and health, among other factors.
Being the first manufacturer in its sector to take the transparency shift in October 2017, SOPREMA has disclosed the following transparent declarations: Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HDPs).
ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATION (EPD)
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) provides information regarding the impact a product may have on various environmental factors. It usually summarizes the metrics resulting from a lifecycle analysis (LCA) in accordance with the requirements of Standard ISO 14040.
SOPREMA has disclosed 11 EPDs which synthesize the results of a lifecycle analysis. These documents are very useful for obtaining points for certain credits of LEED v4 and v4.1 certifications.
HEALTH PRODUCT DECLARATION (HPD)
A Health Product Declaration (HPD) aims to communicate information about the effects that a product may have on the health of individuals. It requires disclosing all of the ingredients of a product and includes health risk assessment based on public databases.
SOPREMA has disclosed 34 HPDs that synthesize information relating to the effects that a product may have on human health. These documents are very useful for meeting certain criteria for LEED v4 and v.4.1 and WELL certifications.
Green Building Certifications
In Canada, several certifications aim to promote green building and sustainable infrastructure such as LEED®, WELL®, PASSIVE HOUSE®, ZCB®, to name a few. In general, these certifications help to ensure the sustainability of a building in relation to the issues they address. In general, these certifications help to ensure the sustainability of a building in relation to the issues they address. Several SOPREMA products can contribute to the requirements of the certifications mentioned below.
The LEED® certification is awarded according to a scorecard system aimed at granting credits pertaining to several sustainable development issues relating to the building.
The WELL® certification is awarded according to a scorecard system aimed at granting credits pertaining to several issues specific to the health and well-being of the occupants of the building.
PASSIVE HOUSE® CERTIFICATION
Passive House® certification is based on achieving various levels of energy performance and occupant comfort.
ZCB® certification is based on achieving zero carbon footprint (carbon neutrality) for new and existing buildings.