Limiting the environmental impact of a building’s construction and after-life has become a priority for responsible architects and developers. The industry has made huge advances over the last decade but there’s a long way to go. The construction industry is still responsible for 38% of energy-related CO2 emissions globally according to the UN Environmental Programme.
Certifications from LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) and others have become crucial tools for measuring a building’s immediate and ongoing environmental impact, auditing the sustainability credentials of materials and energy used when putting it up and how well it will behave, in sustainability terms, in the future.
Few outside the industry realise how much positive impact architectural paint, plasters and other interior and exterior treatments, especially when used with thermal insulation, can have on a building’s environmental debt. And how big a part it can play in upping the performance of existing buildings.