Saint-Gobain’s Multi Comfort building concept was first developed in 2004 and has now been developed in 13 countries around the world read more . It utilises the innovative products, solutions and expertise from across Saint-Gobain UK’s leading construction brands. By using Saint-Gobain’s unique breadth we are able to deliver a solution to our customers that sets a reference for how to significantly improve the performance of buildings using solutions that are simple to install and readily available on the market.
Yet how often do we think about how they actually perform? And what we should expect from our buildings? We rarely consider whether it meets our needs, unless suddenly isn’t working or makes us feel uncomfortable:
How many of us have been in restaurant where it’s hard to hear our conversation, because of the background noise? Or have been disrupted by the noise of neighbours at home, or work? How often have we thought about how the teacher’s words travel in our children’s classrooms and the impact on our children’s performance if they can’t hear the teacher properly at the back of the class?
As we spend so much time in our buildings, it’s essential that the impact they have on our health and sense of wellbeing is considered at the outset, from the building’s design. The factors affecting our sense of wellbeing in a building are complex and inter-related.
Saint-Gobain’s Multi Comfort building concept takes a holistic view of the different areas of comfort and ensures a correct balance of these factors to create a building we’re happy to occupy and contributes to our health and positive sense of wellbeing.
Read research from the World Green Building Council’s Report about the importance of building design in enhancing occupant’s health, wellbeing and productivity.
For the occupants:
Multi Comfort buildings will make a positive contribution to occupant’s productivity, health and well-being. Protect occupants from the negative aspects of the outside world, including noise and pollutants. They will have healthy indoor air quality and save you money on energy bills.
For the owner and developer:
They will be buildings that demand better rental yields or sale prices, have lower running and maintenance costs, lower design and construction costs and will be easier to finance.
Five areas of focus:
Saint-Gobain Multi Comfort buildings, which incorporate Passivhaus Design principles, are a way of designing and building sustainable, healthy, comfortable home and working environments, incorporating five key areas of building comfort: Learn more about Passivhaus Design Principles, from the Passivhaus Trust, by visiting Passivhaus website
This is determined by air temperature, humidity and draughts. Multi Comfort buildings keep themselves warm with very little energy, saving you money to spend as you like and they don’t need radiators in every room.
Audio comfort is determined by things like noise from outdoors, vibrations, clarity of hearing and intelligibility of speech. Multi Comfort buildings protect you from the noise outside or from your neighbours, and allow you to make noise without disturbing others.
This is determined by factors such as view, light quality, luminosity and glare. Multi Comfort buildings are full of natural light, without glare, making close up work easy and colours rich and true. They bring the outdoors in, having a positive impact on how you feel.
Indoor air quality:
This is determined factors such as fresh air supply, pollutants and odours. Multi Comfort buildings have a constant supply of fresh air, stopping rooms from feeling stuffy, keeping you alert all day.
“Economic comfort is measured by the affordability of constructing, running and maintaining the building. Multi-comfort buildings don’t cost the earth [or the environment] to build, require little maintenance and don’t leave you worrying about the cost of high energy bills or running costs.”
Visit our Multi Comfort experience website.