Buildings and the Circular Economy
The circular economy plays a major role not only for our tools. We provide numerous products that remain permanently in a building and can also make a contribution to sustainable construction in this context. Finally, buildings are also sources of raw materials at the end of their life cycle: For example, installed installation systems for pipes and cables can already be completely reused today.
In order for buildings to become an integral part of a circular economy, the correct use of materials is essential during construction. A change in the way people consider things is currently taking place here: The construction industry has recognized that there is a growing need for more sustainable buildings. These “green buildings” are characterized by low emission values and a high energy-efficiency as well as the use of renewable and uncontaminated raw materials, for example.
With our products, we support our customers in obtaining certificates to achieve such “green building” standards.To provide our customers with more transparency about our product portfolio for green buildings, we have many products certified externally with regard to environmental and health aspects. For example, our Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are issued by the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU) and our Material Health Certificates (MHC) are issued by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
We took further steps in this direction in the year under review. We obtained certifications for two new and three optimized products. In addition, we optimized our portfolio of fire protection products with a view to the Living Building Challenge certification program, thereby eliminating the hazardous substances from the LBC Red List. We also introduced construction foams on the market without additives from the risk material group isocyanate (MDI).
In the future, we are going to present our product range and the associated certificates for sustainable construction even more transparently. In addition, we assigned responsibilities for “green buildings” and sustainable construction. In this way, it will be possible to integrate customer-specific requirements even more into our development processes.
International standards for green buildings
The international quality standards applicable to sustainable construction (Green Building) are also of great relevance to our product portfolio. These include among others Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the WELL Building Standard, the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) and the certificates of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).