Manufacturing sustainable materials

Saint-Gobain promotes sustainable construction and develops innovative solutions for the construction and renovation of buildings that are energy efficient, comfortable, healthy and aesthetic, while preserving natural resources.

A plaster limiting water consumption

Gyproc RhinoLite Projection Plaster One Coat saves substantial time, labour and water costs, especially on large building projects. Gyproc RhinoLite Projection Plaster is available for board and brick and block surfaces. Its 97 per cent gypsum content is manufactured from the scrubber waste and uses 58 per cent less water than sand and cement. 

Gyproc RhinoLite Projection Plaster uses 0.55 l/kg, compared with sand and cement, which uses 1.3 l/kg.

Glasswool, a material based on recycled glass 

Saint-Gobain Isover glasswool is manufactured using up to 80 per cent recycled glass. It has zero ozone depleting potential and is a key ingredient in thermal and acoustic insulation solutions that improve the energy efficiency of buildings.

Over its average lifespan of 50 years, this material is able to save more than 100 times the amount of energy consumed and CO2 emitted in its manufacture, transport, installation and disposal.

This shows Saint-Gobain sub-Saharan Africa’s commitment to conservation of natural resources and active hand in greenhouse gas/carbon management.

Ductile iron, an indefinitely recyclable material

Ductile iron is 100 per cent and indefinitely recyclable. Saint-Gobain PAM has reduced its energy, raw material consumption and CO2 emissions by lowering the weight of pipes by one third.

Their life span has been tripled in the past ten years through the introduction of more ergonomic pipe laying techniques. During the production cycle, all pollution emissions are filtered and all waste is recycled.

Saint-Gobain Glass, an eco-friendly glass solution

Glass is a recyclable and energy-efficient material. It increases natural lighting and decreases the need for artificial lighting and air-conditioning. Saint-Gobain provides a range of eco-friendly glass solutions to enable sustainability in habitat. These glazing solutions not only adhere to the norms and regulations, but can also be completely customised to the specific type of building – be it residential or commercial.

Saint-Gobain Weber’s use of fly-ash

Saint-Gobain Weber uses up to 20 per cent fly-ash in its tile adhesives as filler. Fly-ash is obtained by the combustion of coal in power stations and is a waste product. As an additive to cementitious products, fly-ash enhances the workability and overall strength of cementitious materials throughout their lifetime. Its cost saving benefits also complement the fact that it is an environmentally friendly substance.  Saint-Gobain Weber’s use of fly-ash ensures high quality products and demonstrates its commitment to contributing to environmental health and safety.

Did you know ?

Insulation usually amounts to less than 1% of total building cost, and can easily return your investment in energy savings within a year – depending on the size of your building and the heating and cooling demand. After that, you will enjoy a positive impact on your energy bill for the lifetime of the building.