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Transparency and sustainability in the building sector

The building sector is an industry with a strong ecological footprint. From construction through to occupancy, there’s little doubt the industry has left a negative mark.

But, progress is already underway and through responsible practices and reporting, we are reducing those negative outcomes. This is the prime objective. As an industry, we’ve recognized the importance of adopting good practices that are synonymous with value creation, and are moving society forward with sustainability at the forefront of our actions.

At SOPREMA, a leading manufacturer of roofing products, the system development and production specialists are constantly working toward reducing their reliance on raw materials and optimizing manufacturing methods.

“Being involved in sustainable development by investing in innovation is a necessity,” said Richard Voyer, President and CEO. “We must collectively make informed decisions that will contribute to passing on a social, environmental and economic legacy that is respectful of the present and future generations.”

Underscoring this point, SOPREMA’s polyisocyanurate insulation plant in Drummondville is currently in the process of achieving LEED Gold certification. The company is actively optimizing its production linesbyreducing its use of raw materials, reintroducing some waste in the process, and replacing propane forklifts with electrical models for example.

On the installations side, SOPREMA has completed thermography and infiltrometric studies; installed heat recovery systems, a solar wall, roofing components for carbon sequestration (integration of wooden materials) and new lighting systems using low-power technologies.

And the products they make speak for themselves…

As a leader in sustainable building solutions, SOPREMA systems contribute to extending the life of a property while improving the quality of life for occupants. Builders who make the right choices and include the right products early on in the design phase will naturally get the most benefits—including reduced transportation of construction waste to landfill sites and a decrease in the need for new materials at the source.

SOPREMA’s sustainable solutions increase urban resilience by mitigating heat island effects. They improve energy efficiency and air quality by reducing moisture and the unwanted effects, like mould and pests that go with it.

Corporate transparency

The main purpose of declarations of transparency is to facilitate informed decision-making in sustainable construction. Based on the information disclosed by a manufacturer, contractors can better direct their choices towards products that are less harmful to the environment or to people’s health.

At SOPREMA, sharing product information, as well as general industry knowledge and expertise, is an important aspect of what they do. Transparency shows a commitment to leadership while reinforcing an adherence to the guidelines of several types of declarations, including EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) and HPDs (Health Product Declarations).               

In short, corporate transparency can better guide the choices of professionals in the design, construction, and operation of sustainable buildings…and most importantly, it can help move the industry toward a future it can be proud of. For SOPREMA, transparency declarations respond to stakeholder concerns and allows it to target hotspots in terms of significant impact.

For more on SOPREMA’s corporate transparency and sustainability practices, visit: www.soprema.ca.

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