vario by velux sustainability
14 Apr, 2021

How to build sustainably

There’s no way to avoid it, we’re currently enduring a climate crisis. Everybody, from private consumers to giant private firms, all need to adapt and find relevant ways of ensuring that their building projects offer sustainable renovation that promotes green construction.

The importance of sustainability, especially when building, can’t be understated and the concept of using green building materials and practices is at the forefront of VELUX Group’s products and way of working moving forward.

Going green

Part of the answer to ‘going green’ is to build smarter. Energy-efficient and sustainable housing renovation is at the forefront of tackling climate change. VELUX Group’s sustainability strategy for 2030 is a commitment to reach carbon neutrality on our 100-year anniversary in 2041, in conjunction with WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) we’re capturing our historical C02 emissions through forest conversation, in a bid to be in line with the Paris Agreements’ reduction target.

In 2011 the VELUX Group became a founding partner of the Active House Alliance. A group that collaborates and works with a holistic approach to green and sustainable buildings based on numerous factors. This non-profit quality mark merges going green while still maintaining high levels of quality and comfort, ensuring that the best of all worlds is met.

Personal health and wellbeing

We’ve also been working closely with other partners on examining how healthy the buildings in Europe are, looking into issues that impact health and climate change.

The Healthy Homes Barometer, an annual research-based report, identifies the wellbeing of Europe's building stock, taking into account its impact and how best to use that data to achieve better indoor environments that safeguard the future of our children and planet by identifying causes of health issues and energy efficiency.

For instance, the last report highlighted that 1 out of 3 European children live in unhealthy buildings due to deficiencies like dampness, mould, darkness, excess noise and cold temperatures.

How to build green

To make a building sustainable, it first needs to be able to protect the health of those who live inside as well as utilities like running water, electricity and other energy sources in as efficient a manner as possible. It also needs to reduce its impact on the environment and have every aspect of its design be completed in as climate-friendly a way as possible.

How is this achieved though? Well, recycling and reusing energy sources such as water is or having water-use monitoring is one way. Ensuring the building is designed so that it gets as much natural daylight from the sun during the day or ensuring windows are built using glass that retains heat, as well as minimising the need for energy to be wasted on heating. Optimised insulation and tighter buildings will also help to keep energy waste - and energy bills - down.

An eco-friendly building that takes advantage of recyclable materials and better waste management, as well as climate and pollution monitoring can also help towards building a sustainable and green environment, whether it’s for private consumers or global corporations. Every sustainable building will help in the battle against climate change.

Build towards a green future

If you’d like to know more about a better green environment or want to build your sustainable building that includes Vario by VELUX then why not get in touch with us today?

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