Sustainability in architecture targets energy efficiency and climate protection, and allows, first and foremost, the most economical use of natural resources possible. In the future the sustainability factor of a building will increasingly become an assessment criteria for purchasers, lessees and investors.
Others certificates for buildings
This is expressed by the growing number of certificates for buildings, which evaluate sustainability according to set criteria. Below are some examples:
- DGNB seal of quality (German Sustainable Building Council):
This calls for integral planning plus the setting of sustainability goals and takes ecological and economic factors into consideration.
- Passive house certificate:
Limits annual heating demand to 15 kW/h per m² of living area, so that a building can be heated exclusively by passive energy sources and needs no active heating system. To this end, the Passive House Institute requires a Uw value of ≤ 0.8 W/(m2K) for windows and glass façades.
- Minergie standard (Switzerland):
Assesses sustainability on the basis of set energy indicators for buildings, amongst other things. The Minergie label for windows, for example, is granted when a double casement window achieves the demanding insulation value of Uw=1.0 W/(m2K).
- LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design):
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a third-party certification program. It is a nationally accepted organization for design, operation and construction of high-performance green buildings. This ensures the buildings are environmentally compatible, provide a healthy work environment and are profitable.
- Zero Energy Building:
A zero-energy building, also known as a zero-net energy (ZNE) building, is a popular term to describe a building use with zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually.
WICONA has the right solutions for sustainable building
Sustainability - signed and sealed: WICONA’s aluminium profile constructions impressively fulfils the demanding criteria of all the above-mentioned building certificates and have therefore contributed substantially to the certification of the buildings indicated here. WICONA took on a leading role in this field many years ago and can now draw upon decades of research and development. Thanks to this, you have a broad portfolio of products and services at your fingertips, so that you too can design your property in a more sustainable, future-oriented manner.
Certificated WICONA products:
- ift passivehouse facade
- ift passivehouse window