Ok, sustainability has moved on since I wrote this article a year ago but I had to comment. I was interviewing a board member of a leading interior finishing building product this week and he highlighted their manufacturing process. Fueling their lines is largely developed from the burning of raw fish and chocolate wastage. This results in repeat orders from specifiers who are looking to increase the sustainability of their projects.
Sustainability is also the other big word on everyone’s lips, especially amongst energy-intensive manufacturers. Having met and spoken with a number of companies exhibiting last month at EcoBuild, and seen the interest created around Sustainability Live, it is good to see a real enthusiasm – this would seem to be now driven by individuals and the market and not solely due to EU directives. At EcoBuild I would estimate more than a third of those exhibiting were directly involved in the energy efficiencies market – showcasing within solar, pumps or timber products amongst others. Naturally, manufactures are driven to innovate and improve their offerings in order to get products specified and thus improving specifiers / contractor’s emissions and footprints. However, with my optimistic head on, over the past few weeks people would seem genuinely interested in the topic.