Only through an integrated approach along the entire value chain is it possible to respond to our commitment. Thus, it is essential that the improvement of the sustainability of the buildings we build obeys the general principles of the Circular Economy Principles for Buildings Design document, issued by the European Union (EU), mainly, with regard to issues such as durability, adaptability and reduction and management waste.
Building the future is certainly more sophisticated, complex and demanding, but it is also more motivating and more rewarding because it is possible to do more and better. Consuming less natural resources, using more renewable sources, making buildings that are more flexible and adapted to our needs, using systems and construction techniques that allow greater added value.
Building resilient infrastructures, promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization as well as fostering innovation are just some of the premises that can and should be associated with the principle of durability.
Industrialization is our tool to increase efficiency and we believe it will be essential for the construction transition, where we will increasingly see products and systems designed and produced in an integrated way, thus allowing to transform construction into a process of assembling components that can be configured in different ways to achieve the hired final result.
Thus, in addition to being completely focused on developing quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructures, designed to support human well-being and economic development, we have been promoting inclusive and sustainable industrialization, promoting at all times technological development processes, research and innovation.
Today we aim buildings to adapt to our needs and to keep up with changes in business, companies and people.
We are also committed to making cities and communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. We intend to increase inclusive and sustainable urbanization and the planning and management of participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlements in all countries in which we operate. We have also been strengthening efforts to protect and safeguard the world's cultural and natural heritage, while trying to reduce the negative environmental impact of our activity in all the countries in which we do business.
It should be noted that the four billion tons of cement produced annually for concrete construction represent eight percent of the total global emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), the latter retaining heat and, consequently, global temperatures increasing.
The most recent studies demonstrate that the use of wood construction materials of sustainable origin can reduce greenhouse gases. We therefore understand that our company has a legal obligation to prevent, reduce and repair environmental damage arising from the exercise of our activity.
In this regard, we argue that adaptability is the true path to sustainability. In this regard, we argue that adaptability is the true path to sustainability. The minimization of the financial cost through the use of the appropriate tools, the prolongation of the useful life of the building at a reasonable cost and the maximization of the adaptability of the buildings from the user's perspective, led us to enter into apartnership with CREE.
The solutions and sustainable mindset of CREE technology are aligned with our current and future position in the construction industry. It is a hybrid structural system that combines wooden engineering products with other materials, making the most of each one's attributes.
It is a different and innovative approach for the construction sector, constructing buildings that provide CO2 reduction, allowing a complete, simplified and standardized industrialization of the construction process, from the initial planning to the delivery of the building.
We highlight the “Circular Building Design” and “Design for Change” principle of this solution designed and engineered to allow disassembly and subsequent reuse of a large part of its components.
We believe that, on the path to the design of carbon neutral buildings, we need to adopt renewable materials, question conventional processes and stand up for codes and standards in this regard. We are aware of our responsibility and will do our part.
CREE's prefabrication approach, together with the highest possible quality and the lowest input of sustainable material, fit perfectly into our vision, commitment to society and our philosophy.
The environmental performance of the Casais Group continues to evolve in a sustained manner since the decision to implement the Integrated Quality, Environment and Safety Management System (SGI)
Reduction and management of waste
In our business cycle, we still have environmental concerns inherent to our entire activity. In all the countries where we are operating, we have been taking urgent measures to combat climate change and its impacts. We work together with architects, designers, pre-construction, security and quality and environment department, planning all stages with the utmost care.
We therefore intend to integrate measures related to climate change into our national and international policies and strategies, while strengthening resilience and the capacity to adapt to risks related to climate and natural disasters in every country where we operate.
We know that this concern not only benefits us in terms of operating costs, but is also a crucial activity for the benefit of the environment, health and carbon economy.
Because efficiency and waste come in many forms, we are focused on implementing projects with a strong focus on renewable energy, energy efficiency, thus placing us at the forefront of innovation, in the search for excellence in solutions and in customer service .
The focus on new businesses, such as energy storage with Ampere Energy Portugal, represents important steps for the Group to reiterate its ambition and affirmation in this dimension. We believe that energy efficiency presents itself as an opportunity, as it allows for future savings and contributes to increasing the competitiveness of communities.
We combine all these dimensions in the EPA (High Environmental Profile Buildings) own brand, which incorporates the perspective of the “zero carbon” building and the “Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) logic, in addition to many other dimensions We are taking a leading role in presenting solutions and products that respond to these principles to the market.
The changes in habits amplified by the COVID-19 effect came only to anticipate a set of needs that were already gaining expression and that now become unavoidable and will affect the way we use our housing and work spaces.
A house that becomes our safe and comfortable space, isolated, and at the same time more connected than ever, that gives us health and years of life, because it is attentive to our comfort, reinforces our concepts that incorporate years of experience and knowledge Homing spaces, which incorporate all these concepts, are our answer to an increasingly demanding market and where the priority is well-being, health and comfort.
Aware that the aspirations of some are the needs of many, we believe that the potential of these concepts is reinforced with the development of our solution packages A, AA, AAA, within the "Urban Concept" initiative, where we develop a "set" of solutions pre-studied at prices appropriate to the budget / quality expected from each of our customers.