Updat­ed Release of Inde­pen­dent­ly-Ver­i­fied Life Cycle Assess­ment Data for Fire Dampers

On 11 March at the ISH trade fair in Frank­furt, the Insti­tut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. pre­sent­ed the Wilde­boer Bauteile GmbH com­pa­ny with three envi­ron­men­tal prod­uct dec­la­ra­tions for its fire dampers. This con­sti­tut­ed a repeat per­for­mance, as these dec­la­ra­tions were actu­al­ly updat­ed, re-ver­i­fied EPDs being renewed by Wilde­boer, a build­ing ser­vices prod­uct man­u­fac­tur­er head­quar­tered in Ween­er, a town in Germany’s north­ern coastal East Frisia region.

More than five years had elapsed since Wilde­boer first cre­at­ed its envi­ron­men­tal prod­uct dec­la­ra­tions (EPDs) for three dif­fer­ent fire dampers. These were pub­lished by the Insti­tut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU) in Novem­ber 2013, mak­ing Wilde­boer not only the first man­u­fac­tur­er from the build­ing ser­vices engi­neer­ing sec­tor to par­tic­i­pate in the IBU’s EPD pro­gramme, but also the first com­pa­ny world­wide to pro­vide life cycle assess­ment data for HVAC components.

Pio­neers in the Build­ing Ser­vices Engi­neer­ing Sector

Accord­ing to IBU Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Dr Alexan­der Röder, even though tech­ni­cal build­ing ser­vices have an enor­mous influ­ence on the envi­ron­men­tal impact of a build­ing dur­ing its use phase, there is notably still far too lit­tle life cycle assess­ment data avail­able from the build­ing ser­vices engi­neer­ing sec­tor. “We are there­fore all the more delight­ed that Wilde­boer is not only pio­neer­ing this effort, but that they are also ensur­ing that the data they pro­vide remains updat­ed and avail­able”, reports Röder.

EPDs are valid for a peri­od of five years. After that, for the dec­la­ra­tions to con­tin­ue to be pub­lished by the IBU, the data they con­tain is required to be reviewed for any nec­es­sary updates or cor­rec­tions and then be re-ver­i­fied by inde­pen­dent experts.

Dr Jana Panasko­va, who holds key respon­si­bil­i­ty for sus­tain­abil­i­ty and ener­gy man­age­ment at Wilde­boer, was pre­sent­ed at the ISH with the renewed EPDs for the FR90, FK90 and FK90K fire dampers.

Objec­tive Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Entire Prod­uct Life Cycle

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Pre­sen­ta­tion of three EPDs for fire dampers to Wilde­boer Bauteile GmbH at ISH: (l to r) Dr. Jana Panasko­va, Wilde­boer, Dr. Alexan­der Röder, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor IBU

“What sets our prod­ucts apart is their main­te­nance-free design and the con­tri­bu­tion they make to the ener­gy effi­cien­cy of a build­ing”, explained Panasko­va. “Since EPDs doc­u­ment the envi­ron­men­tal impact of the entire life cycle of a prod­uct, we can use them to pro­vide infor­ma­tion about exact­ly those fea­tures of our prod­ucts, based on data from exist­ing life cycle assess­ments”. Panasko­va added that EPDs have now become an inte­gral part of the work at Wilde­boer: “Along with the EPDs for fire dampers, we have also cre­at­ed dec­la­ra­tions for smoke con­trol dampers as well as for vol­ume flow con­trollers and limiters”.

Every Wilde­boer EPD also con­forms to the stan­dards estab­lished by ECO Plat­form, the umbrel­la organ­i­sa­tion for a num­ber of nation­al EPD pro­gramme oper­a­tors with­in Europe, allow­ing the EPDs to be recog­nised by many oth­er Euro­pean coun­tries and to be made freely avail­able to all inter­est­ed par­ties. In addi­tion, the under­ly­ing life cycle assess­ment data is stored and can be accessed in ÖKOBAUDAT, the online build­ing mate­ri­als data­base main­tained by the Ger­man Fed­er­al Insti­tute for Research on Build­ing, Urban Affairs and Spa­tial Devel­op­ment (BBSR). By mak­ing reli­able envi­ron­men­tal infor­ma­tion avail­able in a stan­dard­ised form, Wilde­boer is mak­ing an impor­tant con­tri­bu­tion to sus­tain­abil­i­ty, enabling all stake­hold­ers in the build­ing process to have access to infor­ma­tion they need for the plan­ning – and the eval­u­a­tion – of sus­tain­able con­struc­tion projects.