Comfort and sustainable buildings

MULTI COMFORT buildings are designed to bring well-being to people today while preparing the future for all: they use less energy and resources, and generate less pollution and waste.
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MULTI COMFORT buildings are designed to bring well-being to people today while preparing the future for all:
they use less energy and resources, and generate less pollution and waste. Climate change is a fact and we all need to do more to stop, or at least, slow down this process, particularly when it comes to the buildings we use on a daily basis. The impact of human activities on our environment has been increasing steadily since urbanization began. In industrialized countries, buildings now account for 40% of our energy consumption – mostly to provide heating or cooling. But much of this energy is wasted due to inefficient systems or building design. The bottom line is that, unless we change our building habits, energy consumption and associated acts, degradation of the environment and climate change will continue decreasing quality and duration of our life and all future generations.

MULTI COMFORT concentrates on inhabitants’ comfort and well-being seeking building design which at the same time protects natural environment: conserve natural resources and prevent environmental degradation.

Designers and architects generally work with the goal of developing low energy and eco-friendly buildings and houses. A sustainable construction seeks to use energy efficient building materials and take into account the space it occupies. For example, orienting the building or house in a way as to use in our advantage the solar access. This ecological approach also helps to increase occupant comfort with, for instance, a better indoor air quality and temperature.

Adopting a more sustainable approach for construction

To meet these energy, climate and resources challenges, higher performing building envelopes can make a huge difference.

A MULTI COMFORT building is typically designed to have a reduced environmental footprint: it consumes less energy and resources, as well as generates less pollution and waste across its lifecycle.

Building sustainably for the long term is a vital requirement of the MULTI COMFORT design standard. It requires the building to meet the highest standards in terms of energy efficiency and to be built with the most sustainable materials.

The fullest and most informative picture of a building’s materials’ performance in terms of its environmental footprint can be obtained by its Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). An EPD is a verified document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the lifecycle environmental impact of products.

All building product families developed by Saint-Gobain have undergone this lifecycle environmental assessment.

Improving health and comfort with a sustainable construction

Architects and engineers are increasingly focused on the question of how to achieve a healthy indoor environment that contributes to our quality of life. But the relationships between wellbeing and indoor environments are complex - and have, before now, largely been dealt as an individual matter.

Taking a holistic approach to comfort, health and wellbeing in buildings is the way forward. And it's enabled by today's sophisticated simulation models. By carefully considering all the different areas of comfort that a building can and should provide, we're able to improve people's wellbeing within buildings - whatever the building function, and wherever they are in the world.

Accessing (and predicting) comfort in any given building requires consideration of at least three dimensions, combining qualitative and quantitative aspects:

  • User assessment
  • Quality of the indoor environment
  • Performance of the building envelope or fabric

View the range of real-life projects
in the MULTI COMFORT programme so far...