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A durable & sustainable material

Green building & sustainable design

Sustainability is progressively becoming a prominent fixture in architecture and the construction industry. The rising demand for sustainable design and environmentally friendly construction has caused an increased popularity of environmental certifications, such as LEED, BREEAM, and DGNB. Thus, the requirements for sustainable building materials have risen and the focus is particularly on the durability of the materials and a green production.

One of the key advantages of glassfibre reinforced concrete is it durability. GRC has a lifespan of more than 100 years and is weather resistant – in both extreme heat and freezing cold. Once you have installed the GRC elements there is no need for technical maintenance and the elements can be easily cleaned to appear new again. Our latest development, the new generation of GRC, has a better finish and a denser surface, which increases the resistance towards algae and dirt.

Moreover, the production at BB fiberbeton is environmentally friendly without any toxic materials. The consumption of energy is low in our production and our electricity comes from renewable energy sources.

Projects with environmental certifications

Sustainable building projects

Sorgenfrivang II, is the first renovation project in Denmark to receive a DGND gold certification. GRC was chosen for this project partly based on its durability and its sustainable properties.

The DGNB system (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen) is internationally recognized as the Global Benchmark for Sustainability. The certification is based on the full life cycle of a project and the overall performance of a project is evaluated. The ratings consist of bronze, silver, gold, and platinum.

Priorn, a modern office building in central Malmö, is certified LEED Platinum, their highest rating. This project had very high sustainability ambitions which made GRC ideal for the facade cladding. 

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system measuring how efficiently a building is designed and operated. It is the most popular green building rating system in the world. The rating is based on earning points across nine categories, all relating to green building. These categories include energy and resources, materials and resources, and sustainable sites. Based on the number of earned points, a building can be certified, silver, gold, or platinum.

Flundran is a waterfront property in Sweden and facade is clad with GRC elements from BB fiberbeton. The building is certified in accordance with BREEAM and is rated ‘Very Good’ in the ‘In-Use category.

BREEAM Building Research Establishment environmental assessment method) is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure, and buildings. The assessment is certified by a third party, and the certification can take place at various stages in the built environment life cycle. BREEAM ‘In-Use’ is an environmental assessment of the operational performance of the building. The rating system represents performances equivalent to ‘pass’, ‘good’, very good’, ‘excellent’, and ‘outstanding’.

We worked with DAM Architects on AFI Vokovice, two office buildings in Prague, which earned a LEED Platinum certification.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system measuring how efficiently a building is designed and operated. It is the most popular green building rating system in the world. The rating is based on earning points across nine categories, all relating to green building. These categories include energy and resources, materials and resources, and sustainable sites. Based on the number of earned points, a building can be certified, silver, gold, or platinum.

A great tool for your environmental certification

Environmental product declaration

We have a clear objective of reducing the environmental impact during our production, transport, and use of our glassfibre reinforced concrete elements. We are experiencing an increasing demand for environmental product declarations and from March 2021 we have an EPD for our facade elements.

When calculating a building’s environmental footprint, for example for a DGNB certification or a LEED certification, it is important to look at the choice of materials. Our EPD is a useful tool for this, as it documents the environmental impact of our GRC elements.

The EPD is verified by a third party and calculated according to international standards. It documents an assessment of the consumption of energy and resources as well as the environmental impact during the product’s life cycle. In our EPD we declare not only our product, but also the transport and construction process, as well as the use of our product.

Download our EPD.

Sustainable highlights

Sustainable advantages

  • 100+ years durability
  • Weather resistant
  • No technical maintenance
  • Custom made to avoid waste on building site 
  • Low consumption of energy
  • Reduced load on buildings
  • Reduced cement usage per square meter
  • Reduced transportation costs

MADE FAST partner

MADE (Manufacturing Academy of Denmark) is the Danish national initiative for research and the objective is to strengthen manufacturing companies with new knowledge. The MADE FAST project is a collaboration seeking to develop new solutions and opportunities to make manufacturing in Denmark more flexible, agile, and lessen the environmental footprint. The project is helping Danish manufacturing companies discover and implement new solutions in their production process with the purpose of increasing the sustainability of their production.

Our objective, as a partner in this project, is to uncover ways to reuse as much of the excess material from our casting moulds and any left-over concrete for other purposes. The goal is to develop a business model that can accommodate this objective and significantly decrease the waste in our production.

RECS certificate

Our production requires a low consumption of energy and to further limit our environmental footprint, we have received a RECS certificate from the 1st of January 2021. A RECS certificate is a renewable energy certificate that guarantees that our electricity stems from renewable energy sources, such as windmills.

Environmental product declaration

An Environmental production declaration (EPD) is a very useful tool for environmental certifications. The EPD is calculated according to international standards by an independent third party. It communicated an assessment of the consumption of energy and resources and the environmental impact during a product's life cycle.

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