Green building materials
As with all products, the sustainability of building materials depends on several factors. These range from the products’ raw materials and the management of waste, to the durability and end-of-life aspects such as the possibility to reuse or recycle. How factories are powered also plays an important role. By utilising electricity from renewable sources, it’s possible for manufacturers to offer building materials made from carbon neutral processes.
We asked Gustafs CEO, Ruben Krouwel, to explain how ‘green production’ is an important aspect of the organisation’s ethos: “Living and working as we do in the forest and pastoral landscape around Gustafs in the region of Dalarna, we are reminded daily of our responsibility for our environment, both locally and in a global perspective. Manufacturing in harmony with nature is part of our DNA, and that’s why we’re proud to source and run Gustafs’ whole production plant on 100% certified renewable energy”
As the built environment sector as a whole is working towards a carbon neutral future, being able to specify building materials that are produced using renewable energy sources will go a long way to help.