Modern sustainable development at Rockbourne Mews

Innovating for the Future We Want

Our R&D programme will produce products and services that reduce the impact of the built environment and minimise the impact of our operations. 

Going beyond recycling to create products, services and business operations that neither deplete the planet’s resources nor create waste.

Reduce the environmental impact of the built environment with products and services that minimise whole lifecycle emissions from buildings and help inhabitants adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Delve deeper into how we build beyond the known in our Sustainability Strategy.

Manufacturing Processes

The environmental impact of our products (including embodied carbon) is heavily influenced by our manufacturing process. Therefore, we have established enduring partnerships with suppliers and universities to develop, test and deploy new technologies and processes. We seek technology and process innovations that will be game changing.

What next? 

We continue to pursue funding opportunities that enable us to trial novel technologies. We will also establish datasets for lifecycle assessment, which will enable us to track reductions in environmental impact as ne technology and processes are deployed. 

Learn about our clay brick manufacturing process at Wienerberger’s Denton factory:

Circular Initiatives

To minimise our impact on the environment and reach net-zero emissions, a systemic change is needed within the construction sector. Wienerberger will play an important role, as the design of our products, and the services we provide, can impact the whole lifecycle impact of a building.

Wienerberger has always designed products and systems with durability in mind. By creating long-lasting products that require minimal maintenance during their lifespan, we ‘design out’ waste and carbon emissions. For example, we help to reduce waste on site with a range of special shaped bricks and prefabricated elements. In addition, our Architectural Services team offer a planning-to-handover service to help you create high quality buildings with minimal waste.

When a building is deemed to have reached its end-of-life stage, our products can be recovered for direct reuse or recycled as crushed aggregate. We advocate reuse over downcycling (reducing a material’s value), however professional advice should be sought for reuse in construction. The Brick Development Association has produced useful guidance on the use reclaimed brick.

Read more about designing for a circular economy:

What next? 

By 2023, 100% of new products will be designed in a way that they are reusable or recyclable.

Product & Service Innovations

Wienerberger’s products and services facilitate energy, water and material efficiency in the built environment. However, we know that the construction sector will require additional products to facilitate climate change adaption.

Our understanding of the lifecycle impacts of our products, combined with market insight and customer feedback, informs our ongoing programme research, development and innovation. This includes product design concepts, raw materials research, and manufacturing process development.  

If your research is relevant to our decarbonisation agenda, please get in touch.

What next? 

We are expanding our Category Marketing team to focus on innovation and market opportunities. Colleagues in our low-carbon product and service innovation workstream called “Project Tomorrow” are developing new solutions to climate change, resource scarcity and biodiversity loss. 

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Sustainability Case Studies

Explore examples of how Wienerberger strives to be more sustainable and can help you do the same