Director of Sustainability
Brent Trenga, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, is Director of Sustainability for Kingspan Insulated Panels North America. His background as an architect, construction manager, developer and project owner give him a unique perspective on all facets of the construction industry. Trenga leads Kingspan North America’s material health and transparency program and their Planet Passionate sustainability program, while collaborating with the company’s global healthy building team.
How did your career start at Kingspan and what first attracted you to the company?
My career started in 2015 when a friend in a similar role within Kingspan reached out as he felt I would be a good fit to take over his position. I had no intention of working for a global corporation coming from a medium-size architecture firm and then a small software start-up. I quickly realized that Kingspan was like very few companies I had come across. Setting an aggressive NetZero energy target back in 2011 driven by the CEO himself sent a clear message to me that Kingspan lead by example. Even more true today as we set for a decade of transformation via our 2030 Planet Passionate program.
What have you found to be the most exciting changes and developments within the industry, and for Kingspan?
Unlike some other industry transitions, climate change and specifically the focus on operational & embodied carbon has experienced hockey stick type growth. This has been very exciting for Kingspan as we set the groundwork to be a NetZero carbon manufacturer and drive the carbon footprint of our product down to near zero back in 2019.
If you could sum up your company’s ambitions for sustainability in one sentence what would it be?
That's easy, passion for our planet that drives positive change!
What are the short and long-term goals at Kingspan?
Well, our global Planet Passionate program has targets set for 2030 which as we stand is less than 8 years away. That seems pretty short-term to me with the scale of the challenge at hand. Our primary focus is on Energy, Carbon, Circularity, and Water with 12 KPIs driving measurable impact behind each one. Even more short term, we have internal targets set for each year to show progress against each goal.
On a personal note, what are your tips for being more sustainable and greener at home?
Just like within our business it's critical to benchmark where you stand today, identify the hot spots, and plan accordingly. Your personal life can do the same. If you have a big commute to work, evaluate converting to an EV car. If you work from home, investigate how clean your utility grid is, if it makes sense to power your home with rooftop solar, or buy green energy from the grid. I like to focus on the areas you make the biggest negative impact and turn that into positive change.