The Saint-Gobain R&D Center is accelerating the Group's business innovation in Brazil and Latin America with high-performance building materials and industrial applications tailored to the requirements of the local markets.
The research covers the development and co-development of these solutions, as well as the improvement of existing product lines. Located in the city of Capivari in São Paulo, the unit is the Saint-Gobain's eighth cross-business R&D center worldwide and the first in the Southern Hemisphere.
Saint-Gobain is highly skilled in sharing, co-developing and cultivating sustainable and lasting relationships. The R&D center is designed to be an interactive space that encourages open innovation and co-development of new technologies with customers, suppliers, universities, technology and research institutes, and start-ups.
The Group supports the needs of its customers and works alongside them to achieve their highest goals and to speed up the delivery of solutions to the market.
A team of highly-qualified researchers and technicians exchange experiences with the Saint-Gobain's international R&D units and stay in direct contact with the industrial world;
Cross-functional collaboration between businesses and countries;
Quick responses to the market.
This research group is dedicated to the Building Physics and development of Building construction systems. It includes studies on energy efficiency, environmental impact and user comfort, and integrates specific aspects such as availability of raw materials, the specific features of applicators and installers, compliance with technical standards, and consumer and market requirements.
Evaluation: thermal, acoustic and visual comfort and indoor air quality.
Building systems laboratory: performs thermal shock tests, determines mechanical strength and fire resistance or impermeability, complying with the standards of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT).
The research on Material Science seeks to understand and improve the properties, behavior and applications of the Saint-Gobain products that serve various markets such as heavy and manufacturing industry, medical, automotive, steel, oil and gas, aerospace, electronics, and more.
Materials studied: glass, abrasive grains, polymers, mineral binders and aggregates, and recycled materials.
Analytical laboratory: identifies the chemical composition of the materials, their structures and physical properties, etc.
The center's building systems and analytical laboratories are home to the most modern equipment. A sensory space, which will be available soon, will allow building professionals to experience the sensations of Saint-Gobain products in terms of acoustic, thermal and visual comfort and indoor air quality.
The center's occupies a total constructed area of 3,000 m², located on 40,000 m² of land, allowing a future expansion.
The R&D center brings together all of Saint-Gobain's expertise to provide energy efficiency and sustainability for the buildings all along their operations, in addition to well-being and comfort for their users. Several of the Group's products were used as walls insulation, ceilings and floors, in addition to high-performance glazing. The center's two facades are equipped with SAGEGLASS® electrochromic glass, that tints electronically allowing building occupants to choose the best level of natural light for their comfort.
The architectural design and facilities follow Saint-Gobain's global standards of sustainability and comfort: CARE:4® and Multi-Comfort. It is also the company's first building in Brazil that follows the LEED certification principles.
Low energy consumption;
Thermal and acoustic comfort;
Water reuse system;
Efficient construction site management.
The companies and the Saint-Gobain Group's Research and Development Center have used their resources to promote research such as: Goods Law incentives, funding lines for the innovation of FINEP - Studies and Projects Funding, and are studying other existing alternatives. This strategy allies the expansion of their investment in innovation with an integration with development institutions, universities and research institutes.