Building more resilience

Our world is changing – and so is the way we look at buildings. Recent global events have impacted how we use them, while population expansion and economic growth will inevitably mean we’ll need more of them.

Tower in Sunset, view from water angle (photo)

Given that the trend for urbanization will continue unabated, the way that new buildings are constructed – and the capacity for existing buildings to be adapted and renovated – continue to create new opportunities.

According to the World Green Building Council (WGBC), the carbon emissions generated by operating buildings, along with the carbon embodied in building materials and activities, account for almost a third of global carbon emissions.

Why does this interest a company like AkzoNobel? Well, we’re a major supplier of sustainable paints and coatings to the construction industry. We provide one of the largest portfolios of paints and coatings solutions for green buildings, including powder coatings, coil coatings, protective coatings and wood coatings technologies. It means we can make an important contribution to the ongoing transformation of the built environment, which aims to reduce the of buildings, increase circularity in buildings and make them healthier places to live and work.

Our extensive portfolio of sustainable solutions is qualified for use on green buildings in countries around the world. The products we supply can help in achieving green building certifications (or green labels) such as LEED, WELL and BREEAM. There are three broad areas where we really make a difference. We supply products that have an impact on:

  • Climate action – providing products that enable lower energy consumption in the application/use phase and contain lower embodied carbon
  • Health and well-being – bringing health and well-being benefits to users of buildings by, for example, improving indoor air quality
  • Circularity – enabling waste reduction, using less energy and resources, using more renewable and reused materials, and offering longer-lasting performance

We’re an active partner of the WGBC, driving the development of more green and sustainable buildings for everyone. As the first paints and coatings company to have its science-based sustainability targets officially validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), our commitment to building resilience for climate, people and economies is clear.

Ultimately, it’s all about using our pioneering spirit and centuries of paints and coatings expertise to deliver the most sustainable solutions for our customers and the world around us.

You can learn more about our commitment to green buildings on our website.

Building at night, view from above with street lights (photo)
Two towers at sunset (photo)
Carbon footprint

The total amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused during a defined period of a product’s lifecycle. It is expressed in terms of the amount of carbon dioxide equivalents CO2(e) emitted. Greenhouse gases include CO2, CO, CH4, N2O and HFCs, which have a global warming impact. We also include the impact of VOCs in our targets.