NPS®, VALUE FOR PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

The construction sector is responsible for the emission of approximately 36% of CO2 and the generation of around 30% of waste. Moving to a circular, zero-emission economy is challenging, but achievable. By accepting this challenge, Tecnostrutture decided to involve all team members in the design and construction of more sustainable buildings. For people who live and work in these buildings, this is our contribution for their better future.

NPS® beams and columns are produced with up to 99% recycled steel and subject to Life Cycle Assessment. They contribute to a lower environmental impact (in all phases of their life cycle), and to obtaining LEED credits.

Construction Industry Data

Buildings and the construction sector currently represent 39% of CO2 emissions (UN Environment ONU, 2017). Construction and demolition waste make up almost 30% of all waste in Europe (ECIF, 2019). Furthermore, the Global Construction Report forecasts that by 2030 there will be an 85% increase in the construction market moving towards fast-growing markets (GCP, 2015).

These figures show the potential contribution that the construction industry can give towards a more sustainable world. This is why Tecnostrutture has decided to make sustainability an integral part of the company strategy.

Our Journey

We passionately embarked on our journey towards sustainability in 2004 by designing the first ever rafter with a pure clay base. We have been members of the Green Building Council since 2010 and the NPS® products are mapped according to the LEED protocol.

We have now decided to make sustainability an integral part of our company strategy through two distinct choices:
1. Everyone at Tecnostrutture is involved in this journey,
each one giving their own contribution to reduce our impact on the environment.
2. We have started quantifying our progresses and communicating them transparently, starting with sharing the LCA results.

 

LCA as a starting point

The first thing we did was to commission the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of NPS® System products to a recognised institution, in this case the University of Genoa.

LCA is a structured and standardised method at international level that quantifies the potential impacts on the environment associated with a product in relation to the consumption of resources and emissions, taking into account its entire life cycle: from the purchase of raw materials to the end of its life.

The results of this analysis were our starting point in order to understand the environmental impact of NPS® buildings throughout their life cycle and to define the priorities of actions to reduce the effect of NPS® on the environment.

Environmental impact of NPS®

Considering a multi-storey building actually built, the University of Genoa has calculated the energy consumption and CO2 released by NPS® buildings, comparing it to that of steel structures and structures built using the traditional reinforced concrete method.

The scientific results of the Life Cycle Assessment show that NPS® has a lower impact than other construction solutions, both in terms of energy consumption and CO2 produced.

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