Offi­cial Pre­sen­ta­tion of the First Envi­ron­men­tal Prod­uct Dec­la­ra­tion for Pumps

It was only recent­ly that Denmark’s Grund­fos Cor­po­ra­tion became a mem­ber of the Insti­tut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU). At the ISH in Frank­furt, IBU Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Dr Alexan­der Röder pre­sent­ed Ingo Landwehr, Direc­tor Mar­ket­ing und Busi­ness Devel­op­ment of Grund­fos for the D‑A-CH Area, with the company’s first envi­ron­men­tal prod­uct declaration. 

ISH is the world’s fore­most trade fair for the pro­mo­tion of respon­si­ble water and ener­gy con­sump­tion in build­ings – it was there­fore the ide­al venue for the offi­cial pre­sen­ta­tion of Grund­fos’ envi­ron­men­tal prod­uct dec­la­ra­tion (EPD).

More LCA Data Still Need­ed from the TBE Sector


Pre­sen­ta­tion of the first EPD for pumps to Grund­fos at ISH: (l to r) Ingo Landwehr, Dicek­tor Mar­ket­ing & Busi­ness Devel­op­ment D‑A-CH, Grund­fos GmbH, Dr. Alexan­der Röder, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor IBU

“We are par­tic­u­lar­ly pleased that Grund­fos, an inter­na­tion­al­ly-renowned man­u­fac­tur­er of tech­ni­cal build­ing equip­ment, has joined the ranks of our mem­ber­ship”, relat­ed Alexan­der Röder, IBU Man­ag­ing Direc­tor. “Tech­ni­cal build­ing equip­ment has an enor­mous influ­ence on a building’s envi­ron­men­tal impact, espe­cial­ly dur­ing the use phase. How­ev­er, we are still see­ing far too lit­tle life cycle assess­ment data from this area”.

With the aid of EPDs, Grund­fos plans to make the envi­ron­men­tal impact of this type of equip­ment more trans­par­ent. Grund­fos is a world leader in the devel­op­ment and man­u­fac­ture of ener­gy-effi­cient and sus­tain­able pump solu­tions. “Our built-in elec­tron­ics trans­form our pumps into smart, demand-dri­ven sys­tems that can sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduce water and ener­gy con­sump­tion”, explained Ingo Landwehr, Direk­tor Mar­ket­ing und Busi­ness Devel­op­ment von Grund­fos for the D‑A-CH Area. “It is very impor­tant to us that we are able to trans­par­ent­ly doc­u­ment the per­for­mance of our prod­ucts –  and EPDs are per­fect for this”.


EPDs – Invalu­able for Prod­uct Devel­op­ment and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion of Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Data

“MAGNA3 is only the first of many prod­ucts for which we will be cre­at­ing EPDs”, adds Dirk Schmitz, Head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and PR at Grund­fos for the D‑A-CH Area. “As a com­pa­ny, we have always been com­mit­ted to sus­tain­abil­i­ty. Life cycle assess­ment data is invalu­able to our prod­uct devel­op­ment – and when it is doc­u­ment­ed in EPDs, it lends vis­i­bil­i­ty to our efforts and achievements”.

EPDs con­tain com­pre­hen­sive, stan­dard­ised infor­ma­tion and data regard­ing a product’s life cycle. Before an EPD can pub­lished as part of the IBU’s pro­gramme, this data must be ver­i­fied by inde­pen­dent experts. It is then made avail­able to the pub­lic, and can be used, for instance, in build­ing plan­ning and sus­tain­abil­i­ty assess­ments. The EPD for the MAGNA3 cir­cu­la­tion pump is the first dec­la­ra­tion for pumps to be pub­lished by the IBU, open­ing up an entire­ly new prod­uct group for the organisation.