See below how Glass façade & windows by Saint-Gobain can contribute to HQE International criteria : construction choices for the sustainability and adaptability of the building.
All of our glazing material delivered by Glassolutions network for the European market has a Declaration of Performance (DOP) accessible online.
To make sure that the products, systems and processes of the building are appropriate and optimal especially regarding adaptability over time and separability, at their end of life.
Choosing products, systems or processes whose characteristics are verified and compatible with the usage, considering adaptability of the building over time based on its forecast lifespan and usages, but also paying attention to removability/separability of the construction products and processes with a view to optimal environmental management of their end of life.
2.1.1. Choose products, systems or processes whose characteristics are verified and compatible with the usage
As per European regulations, all of the glass distributed by Glassolutions has a CE Declaration of Performance (DOP). Also, insulating glass, tempered glass, and laminated glass manufactured by the Glassolutions network benefit from CEKAL certification (a voluntary process for glass manufacturers), guaranteeing superior quality and high performance of the glass.
In France, Saint-Gobain also provides NAVIGLASS service, which gives access to precise and reliable information on the insulating glass installed. The information includes composition, warranty start date, thermal performance, acoustic, certifications, and more.
2.1.3. Removability/separability of the construction products and processes with a view to optimal environmental management of their end of life
Glazing can be separated from their frames regardless of its composition (aluminium, PVC, wood, or mixed). As glass is a 100% recyclable material and is also infinitely recyclable, it can be handled by the local recycling system (if any exists).
Saint-Gobain in France and the United Kingdom are setting up pilot projects to recover glass and reintegrate it into flat glass production.