The sustainability factor of a building today is an assessment criteria for purchasers, lessees and investors. 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.
To know more: The DGNB System | DGNB System (dgnb-system.de)
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.
To know more: Passivhaus Institut (passivehouse.com)
Minergie standard (Switzerland)
Assesses sustainability based on 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).
To know more: Home - MINERGIE Schweiz
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.
To know more: LEED rating system | U.S. Green Building Council (usgbc.org)
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.
To know more: The path to zero energy buildings | U.S. Green Building Council (usgbc.org)
WICONA has the right solutions for sustainable building
Sustainability - signed and sealed: our aluminium profile constructions impressively fulfill 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 project in a more sustainable, future-oriented manner.
Certified WICONA products:
ift passivehouse facade
ift passivehouse window
Designing responsible products that are easily reusable, dismountable and recyclable.
Environmental product declaration (EPD)
An independently third party-verified document about the life-cycle environmental impacts of a product.
A range of prime quality aluminium made with a minimum of 75% recycled, post-consumer scrap.