Why this webzine?

The construction industry sits at the intersection of the major contemporary challenges facing our planet and humanity: the climate crisis, energy emergency, rapid urbanization, the social challenge of providing decent housing, and the necessary protection of natural resources.

Given the complexity of these issues, we have solutions and a force for change at our disposal, just as decision-makers around the world are committing to building a more sustainable world.

In this context, Saint-Gobain launched the Sustainable Construction Observatory, a unique tool for informing, listening, understanding, and uniting all stakeholders in sustainable construction. It includes the first Global Sustainable Construction Barometer, which assesses the pulse of sustainable construction worldwide: perceptions and realities, obstacles and drivers of progress, expected solutions, and the most active stakeholders. It allows us to measure progress and identify areas where collective efforts should be focused. The observatory also includes Sustainable Construction Talks, which bring together stakeholders in a still fragmented global market for roundtable discussions to share insights and best practices, generate solutions, and put them into practice.

To complement this ecosystem, the webzine Constructing a Sustainable Future aims to serve as a bridge between different representatives of the building and construction sector, as well as a platform for sharing and dialogue to showcase the greatest achievements, best practices and innovations that will accelerate the sector’s transition. It is intended to provide a platform for all those who are committed to this cause: architects, urban planners, developers, builders, artisans, manufacturers, distributors, policymakers, and students.