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2020 is the year of Sustainable Profitability

Sustainability and profitability are the same thing. One of the biggest misconceptions in the construction industry is that being sustainable means not being profitable as if sustainability and profit are in a zero-sum game. The reality is that building projects which are not sustainable are less profitable. Sustainability in itself is a lean approach to design, resources, and management and therefore decreases building costs and increases project value over time.

This is why we will dedicate 2020 to Sustainable Profitability. We defined Sustainable Profitability with 6 points that best show how both sustainability and profitability work together. The first 3 points improve sustainable profitability for investors and builders, and the next 3 points improve sustainable profitability for owners.

For builders

1. Less concrete

Our lightweight slabs can decrease the amount of concrete up to 20%, allowing lighter supporting structure, which costs less and reduce CO2 emissions. Our ventilated foundations also require less concrete and create space for installations and plumbing.

2. Less machinery

Our lightweight formwork used for walls and columns, together with formwork for foundations and slabs, is easy to manhandle and allow efficiency at the construction-site reducing the need for machinery.

3. Less time

Our solutions for slabs, formwork, and foundations together increase the speed of construction by combining efficient storage, less building material, and quick installation process. Less time for the building process means less of all building related costs and risks.

For owners

1. More resilience

Our water solutions help with flood resilience and disposal of wastewater, our green solutions protect the existing roof construction and improve water management, and our solutions for foundations and slabs can improve seismic resilience of the structure.

2. Less energy needed

Our green solutions improve thermal regulation, providing cooling effect during the summer and thermal insulation in the winter. A green roof can reduce 15-25 % of energy costs for typical 2-3 story building in the summertime and mitigate the urban heat island phenomenon.

3. Higher resale price

Real estate that is reusable, more resilient, has lower costs, and is labeled sustainable will have better insurance rates, and its price will hold or increase better over time compared to real estate that does not have these features.

We hope that 2020 is the year of sustainable and profitable projects. To implement Geoplast Sustainable Profitability please contact our Chief Engineering Officer Francesco Guidetti.