Global megatrends such as increasing urbanisation, the merging of work and private life, and growing environmental awareness are determining the future of the construction industry. The desire is for sustainable architecture that takes into account socio-cultural aspects to the same degree as economic and ecological qualities, with the aim of bringing people, space and the environment into harmony.
A key role is played by buildings that have a positive influence on the users through their visual, thermal, acoustic, ergonomic and hygienic qualities, and that also meet economic requirements for durability and profitability. This also means that buildings and construction products are considered in terms of their entire lifecycle, in order to retain and recycle the valuable raw materials after they have been used, by means of an optimum recycling process.
The aim: bringing people, space and the environment into harmony
It is for precisely these sustainable buildings that Schüco is laying the foundations – with technologies and systems that focus on people and which are in harmony with nature. Whether aluminium, PVC-U or steel, Schüco systems always fulfil all of the fundamental principles of sustainable product development. They offer maximum design freedom and an outstanding appearance. They are also designed to ensure that they are fit for purpose, provide user comfort and energy efficiency, conserve resources and protect the climate. Furthermore, they are durable and recyclable.
Schüco goes one step further and takes responsibility for more than just its systems. The company supports investors, architects, building consultants and partners in all phases of sustainable building projects – from the initial idea through to the dismantling of a façade. This includes advice on certification, designs using sustainable systems, environmental product declarations and recycling the building envelope.
Information brochure and sustainability report
Find out more about the sustainability measures Schüco is undertaking to tackle the global challenges of our time. In the "Sustainability: Our motivation. Our contribution." information brochure, you can read about the ideas Schüco has to tackle the changing requirements for the environmentally friendly design of urban spaces and why sustainable building pays off in the long term for everyone involved.
You can find out more information in the 2015/2016 sustainability report. In accordance with the guidelines of the internationally established standard GRI G4, the "Global Reporting Initiative", this report provides information on how sustainability is organised at Schüco, balances the company's economic, ecological and social activities, and defines objectives for the future.
Cradle to Cradle® - circular value added
Cradle to Cradle stands for continuous material cycles and positively-defined materials which are not harmful to humans and the environment.
With the Cradle to Cradle design concept, or C2C for short, products are developed in such a way that no further waste accumulates or requires disposal in future. Technical materials are valuable resources and are fully recycled at a consistently high quality level following the usage phase of the products. Contents are systematically tested for potential harmful substances. The aim is to have consistently useful products for people and nature. C2C thereby paves the way for a new economic system in which innovation, quality and creativity are the focus. Today, several thousand products around the world which have been developed according to this principle are already demonstrating that this can work.