Lafarge, Saint-Gobain, Schneider Electric and A_PRIORI team up to develop energy efficient houses in Russia

Moscow, Russian Federation, 10-4-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Lafarge, the global leader in the production of cement, aggregates and concrete, Saint-Gobain, a world leader in the habitat and construction markets, Schneider Electric, the global specialist in energy management and A_PRIORI Project, a project bureau in Russia, signed a Letter of Intent on cooperation in Russia regarding the development of Energy Efficient Houses.

The LOI covers the companies’ motivation in contributing their unique know-how and materials in the realization of Energy Efficient Houses project. The pilot project, which the partners have started to work on is one of the 1st Energy Efficient Houses in Moscow region with energy consumption lower than 35KWH/m2.yr. The design of the project has been settled and the construction will start on May 2013. The second project to be realized in the framework of the Energy Efficient Houses is the multi-storey house, which is currently in pre-design phase.

“We are delighted to have signed a Letter of Intent for cooperating in building Energy Efficiency (EE) projects in Russia, – says Alex de Valukhoff, the Country CEO of Lafarge Russia. – It showcases our reciprocal intention to collaborate on Energy Efficient Houses projects and it is an important additional step in “cementing” the relationship with our partners in Energy Efficiency. Lafarge aims at building better living environments and is strongly committed to bringing specific know-how, technology and innovative materials into the project”.

“It’s been years already that our companies started their cooperation in energy efficiency projects worldwide and I’m very pleased that we sustain this collaboration in Russia and hope it will facilitate the development of environment oriented and energy efficient construction industry in the country. Over almost 350 years Saint-Gobain has accumulated unique expertise in construction, energy efficiency and innovation materials and is ready to provide it for the project together with our partners. Wide range of Saint-Gobain’s complex construction solutions will ensure better energy efficiency of the future buildings and enhance the comfort of the living space,” – says Gonzague de Pirey, CEO of Saint-Gobain CIS.

“The combination of vast experience of our partners in passive energy efficiency with Schneider Electric expertise in active one allows making this project a showcase of efficiency, said Jean-Louis Stasi, President of Schneider Electric Russia and CIS. We believe that the best way to generate energy is to save energy. We are able to reduce electricity bills up to 30 percent with our technologies. On top of that, it contributes to reducing emissions. By integrating our ideas into our solutions, we will build the new energy efficient future together”.

Lafarge and Saint-Gobain will assist in providing expertise in house design support and advice, thermal bridge avoidance, energy efficiency calculations and building materials knowledge. Schneider Electric will also provide additional expertise in energy management, including power distribution, energy monitoring, fire alarm system, video surveillance and critical power supply for building management systems, cable management systems, wiring devices and light automation. A_PRIORI project will contribute to the realization of the project by acting as the author of the architectural concept and general designer, as well as cooperating with other partners on coordinating the choice of materials and construction systems. All partners have agreed to make available their respective resource catalogues.

Lafarge Group
Located in 64 countries with 65,000 employees, Lafarge is a world leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates & Concrete businesses. In 2012, Lafarge posted sales of 15.8 billion euros. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark, in recognition of its sustainable development actions. With the world’s leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity.

Lafarge Group has been operating in Russia since 1996. The company currently owns and operates two cement plants in Russia: Voskresensk (Moscow Region) and Korkino (Chelyabinsk Region). At the end of 2010 Lafarge started a construction of a modern dry-line cement plant in Ferzikovo district, Kaluga region. The plant will be operational in 2014. Besides Cement business Lafarge Russia develops Aggregates & Concrete operation. The company owns and operates 4 aggregates quarries (3 in Karelia and 1 in Tula region). and

Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2011 sales of €42.12 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 200,000 employees. Saint-Gobain started its operations in CIS in the early 1990s. In 2013 the Company celebrates its 20th anniversary in Russia. Saint-Gobain CIS employs 3200 persons; company is represented by 3 sectors: Construction Products; Innovative Materials and Packaging. The company has 7 production facilities in CIS.

Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructure, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Non-residential Building, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 140,000 plus employees achieved sales of 24 billion euros in 2012, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.

A_PRIORI Project
A_PRIORI Project is a project bureau in Russia with many years of experience in the design of objects of various functionalities. The company provides complex design of residential, public and industrial facilities at all stages and in any volume, as well as work on the preparation and support of construction. One of its areas of expertise is designing energy-efficient and passive houses – buildings with low consumption and increased comfort of the internal environment. The bureau has developed a design of the Energy Efficient House.

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