Lafarge in the UAE has outlined a number of sustainable development priorities that are in line with the Lafarge Group's Sustainability Ambitions 2012.
Sustainable construction, from Lafarge's perspective, involves reducing a building's impact all long its life while controlling cost and preserving aesthetics and comfort.
Numerous partnerships, research and development of innovative products are all advantages and actions which make Lafarge a major player in sustainable construction.
Constructing differently is a constant challenge for Lafarge. For several years, the Group has been incorporating into its activities sensitive questions of preserving resources, rehabiliting quarries, limiting pollution and reducing worksite inconvenience and disturbance, and think about its contribution on completed buildings performances.
Lafarge now devotes around 50% of its R&D investments to sustainable construction. Its Research center is the 1st laboratory in the world for building materials and works on:
But sustainable construction responds to major economic, social and environmental challenges which go far beyond the Group's field of activities:
That is why the Group is multiplying its partnerships and working with numerous organizations to drive sustainable construction forward: universities, research centers, architects, international bodies, etc.
Increased focus on sustainability within R&D in 2009
Industrial ecology is a new way of integrating environmental factors (such as energy resources and natural raw materials) into business strategies. Inspired by the cycles of production, destruction and recycling in natural ecosystems, this approach uses waste from one industrial process as raw material or fuel for another.