Focus area: Products
Providing safer & more sustainable products
The building and constructions industry is responsible for 39% of energy-related carbon emissions, with operational emissions accounting for 28%. Therefore, the industry needs improvements and greener solutions to meet the demands of a low carbon society.
Offering more sustainable solutions
Besides reducing emissions from our own production processes, we do our part by offering products that contribute to greener buildings. We have created a carbon emissions inventory detailing the energy consumption and carbon footprint of over 300 products. This is the first necessary step in increasing the energy efficiency of products for our customers and supporting their ambitions to construct green buildings.
Environmental & health product declarations
We also offer customers Environmental and Health Product Declarations, which outline the product’s impact on the environment and any potential negative health effects. These declarations help customers meet requirements for green building certification systems, including the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen, German Sustainable Building Council) system. dormakaba and our local organizations have been members of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) since 2007 and of the DGNB since 2009. Recycling content information required for LEED certification is available for some dormakaba products here. As part of our commitment to contributing to greener buildings, we became members of the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU) in 2010, which is our partner in creating Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
The most commonly used non-renewable raw materials in our manufacturing processes include metals such as steel, brass, aluminum, nickel silver and zinc, as well as gypsum board, glass and plastics. Other important materials are wood, paper and cardboard which are made from renewable resources.
Consumer safe & environmentally friendly materials
Choosing materials that are both consumer safe and environmentally friendly is a priority for us. When it comes to optimizing our choice of materials, we focus on complying with international material requirements, developing environment- and health-related product declarations and utilizing the life-cycle approach whenever possible. We make sure to be continuously well informed about current materials regulations and upcoming changes and to adhere to them.
We support our customers with information to be compliant to European Material Compliance regulations regarding Substances of Very High Concern - such as REACH, RoHS and the EU Waste Framework Directive (via dossiers on the SCIP database).
End user health and safety is a top priority and an inherent part of our business plans. By identifying and minimizing all possible risks of our products – including those arising from harmful materials or potentially endangering functional features – we help ensure the safety of our customers and end users. Through various certification programs (including ISO 9001), testing, assembly videos and stakeholder feedback we support the safe and correct assembly, installation and use of our products.
Protecting the health of people in buildings
The Covid-19 pandemic brought challenges to our lives. The protection of the health of end-users in buildings, furthermore the prevention of the spread of contagions is more important than ever. Through our touch-free solutions and antimicrobial finish options we contribute to the protection of the health of people. At the same time, we put even more focus on the health of our service provider colleagues and customers on-site.
For any inquires regarding sustainability at dormakaba, please contact us.