By Derek Newberry, Advocacy Fellow
ASSA ABLOY Group, one of our Chapter sponsors, recently announced their increased commitment to environmental protection.
In August 2015, ASSA ABLOY Group door brands released several Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), to be more transparent about the environmental impact of their products. EPDs, whch provide a comprehensive list of components and potential environmental impacts throughout the product's life cycle, satisfy requirements of industry-wide programs.
Sustainability is a key component of product innovation at ASSA ABLOY. Stacey Callahan, VP of Marketing & Innovation at ASSA ABLOY Door Group, spoke about her company's commitment to sustainable practices. “Our ASSA ABLOY Group door brands fully support the trend toward transparency and are working on EPDs for ten additional products by the end of 2015.”
Callahan detailed how new product development at ASSA ABLOY aims to meet the strict codes, standards, and green building codes laid out by the USGBC. “Understanding a product's impact on the environment helps us to make better decisions about materials and manufacturing. This ensures the best outcomes for our customers and their building projects.”
Releasing EPDs is just one example of the Group's continued effort to responsibly, sustainably provide commercial solutoins including: energy efficient openings, products produced with rapidly renewable materials and recycled content, and programs for proper recycling or reuse of products at the end of their life-cycle.
ASSA ABLOY Group's increased transparency about their environmental impact raises the bar for other manufacturers of building materials. Thank you to ASSA ABLOY for your sponsorship and continued commitment to USGBC MA's mission of sustainability!
About ASSA ABLOY Group
ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user needs for security, safety and convenience. Read more about their products and environmental efforts at www.assaabloydss.com.