The target for Hydro is to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. This through greener sourcing and greener production and the aim is also to help the customers in reducing their emissions through greener products.
Working with real estate development, one need’s to be able to wear many hats. To know a little bit about everything is important since the business isn’t solely about a building – it’s about the entire community evolving around it. In this business, one needs to think about location, purpose and never the least sustainability. We’ve been fortunate to have been involved with local pioneers when delivering products to a new bathhouse in Ålesund. While it might seem as a very regular building project, there’s much more to be told about the story.
If we are serious about taking part of the circular economy, we must turn words into action. Our climate commitment needs to be present already in the early stages of a building project. The environmental goals should act as a guideline throughout the entire process, and planning should be centered around the environemnt. We do know that the climate effect is real. We, you and I, are all part of the cycle of earth. The future does not await us, Co2 emissions is a responsibility for everybody, never the least in the construction industry. By making concious choices that generates a low carboon footprint, the building industry can create a circular future with less waste and more recycling.
In its constant search for new designs and products that bring comfort to users, SAPA expands its product range with the new AMBIAL versatile folding door. This solution offers quality finishes through multiple applications. It is mainly intended for establishments open to the public, since it allows, for example, to join the dinning room of a restaurant or a café to the esplanade or a pool of a hotel, while integrating into the landscape at the same time. The low threshold, the stainless-steel wheels and the opening elements (folding handle and "extra-flat" intermediate leaves handles) also make it easier for user to maneuver. Once closed, the AMBIAL door ensures outstanding insulation, optimises indoor well-being and saves energy.
Hydro CIRCAL was launched one year ago and has become a key part of Hydro’s aluminium product portfolio. SAPA facades are today produced with this prime quality recycled aluminium to meet the growing demand for low-carbon products. More than 100 large building projects have been signed with facades, windows and doors from the Building System brands of Hydro, included SAPA, since the greener brand Hydro CIRCAL was launched last year. The projects range from 10 to 400 tonnes of aluminium. “This milestone highlights the potential for low-carbon aluminium products in the building industry. With strong focus on execution, our team has secured and delivered solutions for a variety of building projects. We also have several interesting projects in the pipeline,” says Henri Gomez, Head of Building Systems in Hydro.
SAPA is launching a new calculation software, TechDesign by Sapa, with modern user interface, for fast and easy preparation in full 3D. TechDesign opens up for several design- and working processes to become more efficient and easier to manage. Different elements can be opened in parallel for faster navigation between objects. It is possible to calculate the U-value of the entire product range and get static calculations for choosing aluminium profiles according to the Eurocode standards. TechDesign also give you the opportunity to document your sustainability in practice, by using dynamic EPD
SAPA is now launching a sleek, high-quality lift-and-slide door that elegantly combines slim profiles with a high level of airtightness and excellent thermal properties. The most important feature of this design is also the least visible: its narrow centre profile. These slim profiles allow a minimalist design approach and let in even more of that all-important daylight.
Together with Hunter Douglas, SAPA has developed an innovative and unique screen window solution where the solar shading system is mounted hidden in the frame top with a newly developed aluminum profile. The integrated solution creates an elegant expression that does not interfere with maximum view.
I guess many of us had a quite different year and summer than planned this year. However, different is sometimes also good. When we are forced to change our habits, as now with Covid19 pandemic, this often give us new insight and we sometimes find out that breaking a pattern is better. This summer has, at least for me, been characterised by slower speed, spending more time with family and friends as well as being tourist in my own country. Many of these changes will probably stick also after Covid19 has disappeared, simply because it’s a better solution for us as individuals, the environment and the society as such.
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