The Short Version: Sustainable development is here to stay. We know we have the potential to reduce the broader environmental impact from the built environment when many believe buildings hold the key to solving the climate crisis. Today, building our homes using green building practices can help remove the challenges of energy poverty for low-income families. Stone wool insulation is one solution to deliver on UN SDG 11 by helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve indoor air quality and ultimately contribute toward the sustainable cities and communities of tomorrow.
An introduction to sustainability in the building industry
The building industry has recognized that sustainability is more than a passing fad. Increasing interest in green building certification programs like LEED, for example, is a sign that efforts to create healthy indoor environments and preserve natural systems to combat urban sprawl are a reality. In fact, the LEED for Cities and Communities rating system was developed to provide a framework for planning, designing, measuring and managing the economic and environmental conditions on a community level.
As of 2018, the United States led the world in LEED-certified buildings and Canada finished third, behind China. The impact of these sustainable development initiatives is significant in that the 37,000 North American projects alone are providing significant savings in energy and water consumption, increased recycling of construction waste and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.