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Sustainable Construction

Whether you're aiming for a carbon-neutral, LEED-certified, or simply more energy-efficient building, our team is ideally placed to help you achieve your environmental goals. As a member of the Canada Green Building Council, we make it a point to encourage and support our customers in adopting sustainable building solutions. Together, we can be part of the solution.

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Why choose sustainable development and how to build an ecofriendly building?

It's impossible to ignore the fact that the construction sector is an industry that contributes to global warming and greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, buildings are responsible for 20-50% of natural resource consumption, and 35% of landfill waste comes directly from construction and demolition activities. Given these facts, it's clear that sustainable construction is no longer just a good idea; it's becoming a collective responsibility.

Concrete solutions exist to improve this state of affairs within the construction sector. It is possible to adopt sustainable construction strategies that concretely reduce the ecological footprint of real estate projects, whether through the use of systems that reduce energy consumption, improved construction waste management, the adoption of sustainable and environmentally friendly materials, etc. Regardless of the sustainability strategy chosen, we believe that every gesture counts for our collective well-being.

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What is a sustainable construction project?

At JCB a sustainable construction project is one that considers the social and environmental issues associated with its construction, as well as its operation, throughout its entire life cycle. We believe it's imperative to build infrastructures that are efficient, environmentally friendly and, above all, sustainable over time. This means using high-quality green materials, energy-efficient systems and innovative technologies that will help your building perform at its best for the next hundred years.

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How to choose the best strategy for eco-friendly construction or renovations?

Several strategies can be implemented to build a green building, or at least a greener infrastructure, without undermining the economic growth of the companies that mandate us. From reducing heat islands and drinking water consumption, to incorporating bioclimatic principles and controlling site erosion and sedimentation, it's a good idea to consult specialists in the field to jointly determine the strategy that tailors to your needs while respecting your budget. At first glance, we can identify three potential strategies:

Sustainable Certification

Green building certifications such as LEED or Zero Carbon offer reliable models with a set of strategies for ensuring energy-efficient design and operation. By aiming for green certification for your building, you'll have confirmation that your project has been designed, built and will be operated according to proven green standards and criteria in the construction industry. The important thing is to consider both the construction process and the life cycle of your building, regardless of the type of construction involved.

Durable Materials

If you're not interested in green certification, you can still focus on responsible use of materials. Several sustainable development approaches can be implemented, such as selecting eco-responsible materials made from renewable materials (wood, aluminum or recycled content), from eco-responsible sources, that will have better energy consumption and a longer lifespan. You can also aim for better management of residual materials as part of your project by favoring reduction at source, maximizing materials recovery, and optimizing the reuse of existing elements.

Energy Efficiency

Whether or not you're interested in eco-building, energy efficiency is an important issue for any property owner, due to its’ direct impact on your operating costs. In fact, integrating energy-efficient systems and solutions designed to optimize your energy consumption will permit significant savings for your property while helping the planet.

You will have many options when it comes to renovating or building your space in an eco-friendly way, and each of these choices will have a significant impact on the ecological footprint of your project. Hopefully, one of these choices will be to entrust our team with the implementation of your eco-building project.