In a pilot study by the University of Salford and architects, Nightingale Associates, it was found that the classroom environment can affect a child’s academic progress by as much as 25 per cent over a year.

Saint-Gobain Africa offers solutions to optimize comfort for students and teachers in schools, colleges, and universities, addressing common issues such as overcrowding and poor acoustics.

Key Objectives

  • Accessible Education Facilities:

Affordable Solutions: Saint-Gobain offers cost-effective building materials and systems to create safe, durable, and comfortable educational facilities for all income levels.

  • Well-being and Learning Enhancement

Healthy Environments: Focus on indoor air quality, natural lighting, thermal comfort, and noise reduction to create optimal learning conditions.
Acoustic Comfort: Implementing soundproofing materials to minimize noise distractions, improving concentration and communication in classrooms.

  • Environmental Impact

Eco-Friendly Materials: Use of sustainable, low-emission materials to reduce the environmental footprint of educational buildings.
Energy-Efficient Technologies: Integration of energy-efficient systems to lower operational costs and environmental impact.

  • Life Cycle Perspective

Sustainable Practices: Consideration of the entire building life cycle from material extraction to end-of-life recycling, ensuring long-term sustainability and cost-efficiency.

Commitment to Innovation

  • High-Performance Insulation: Advanced insulation solutions to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures and reduce energy usage.
  • Advanced Glass Products: High-performance glass that maximizes natural light while minimizing heat gain and glare.
  • Sustainable Drywall Systems: Drywall solutions that offer durability, sound insulation, and ease of installation.
  • Intelligent Construction Chemicals: Innovative products that enhance the durability and sustainability of building structures.

Saint-Gobain actively collaborates with educators, architects, engineers, and construction professionals to promote best practices in creating sustainable, efficient, and inspiring educational environments.


Saint-Gobain Africa's initiatives are crucial in enhancing the learning experience for students, supporting educators, and contributing to the development of sustainable, resilient educational infrastructures across Africa. Through innovation and a commitment to sustainability, they help shape efficient and eco-friendly educational spaces that support the continent's growth and development.