The green building industry is only as sustainable as the manufacturers and suppliers that support it. In order to take a holistic approach, IFC invests in the manufacturing of green building materials and energy efficient technology to spur market transformation. Such innovation allows emerging markets to become increasingly competitive and develop a highly skilled labor force.
IFC provides vendor financing for manufacturers and equipment companies that supply the following technical solutions or building materials with low environmental impacts:
Floor Slab Cooling Systems
Glass with Solar and Thermal Properties
Heat Recovery Units
Movement Control Sensors
Roofing and Walling Materials
IFC is also involved in the development of financial leasing in the green building sector, as part of our effort to promote small and medium enterprises in growing economies.
IFC understands that a “green” manufacturing sector that produces energy-efficient products is the foundation of a sustainable construction industry for both new and retrofitted green buildings. Through providing access to finance, IFC supports those companies that play a critical role in helping to mitigate the negative impact of climate change and minimize resource depletion.
IFC’s debt and equity investment in Heidelberg Cement, one of the largest building materials manufacturers in the world, will support the company’s modernization and expansion into Sub-Saharan African countries. The investment will contribute to more energy-efficient production facilities, more affordable and locally-produced cement, and the development of local housing sectors.