Assa Abloy Global Solutions announced the publication of third-party certified Environmental Product Declarations for 18 of its security-based solutions. Assa Abloy worked with Sustainable Solutions Corporation to conduct the life-cycle assessments and publish the EPDs. With the publishing of the EPDs, Assa Abloy can provide its customers with complete transparency in how the life cycle of each certified product impacts the environment and affects a building's sustainability goals.
As part of the EPD process, the life-cycle assessments report and EPDs went through an in-depth critical review to verify compliance with international standards and the product category rule as required by ISO 14040/44 and ISO 14025. This critical review was conducted by an independent EPD program operator to verify the sustainability claims of each product.
Assa Abloy platforms with third-party certified EPDs include several of its electronic door locks such as VingCard Essence, VingCard Signature RFID, VingCard Allure and VingCard Flex. Also awarded certification are the company's Elsafe Infinity II, Elsafe Zenith and Elsafe Sentinel II electronic safes. Several accessories are likewise included such as RFID Encoders, lock cases, escutcheon sets, Zigbee ER Gateways and Zigbee Routers.
"Sustainability rightfully plays a vital role in today's industry and we are proud to be able to demonstrate that our solutions represent the highest standard in both technological innovation and environmentally-friendly design," said Markus Boberg, global president hospitality at Assa Abloy. "The recent EPD publication serves as a valuable confirmation of this commitment by providing full disclosure on how our solutions are created along with their ultimate impact on the environment, and we are further pleased that the benefits of certification can be passed on to our customers."
With the development of the third-party certified EPDs, the company’s customers are able to utilize these products to obtain credits or points towards their building's sustainability initiatives. Each EPD will meet the requirements of several green building standards including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Green Globes and Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method. Integrating Assa Abloy products in buildings will not only help achieve certification with green building standards but will also provide a range of other benefits like helping customers market and communicate their sustainability initiatives. Building operators also will benefit from the ability to meet zoning and building codes and meet sustainability requirements of investors and financial institutions.