Security Dealer & Integrator

NOV 2018

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56 Security Dealer & Integrator / November 2018 Your Business The Business Case for Sustainable Products As commercial buildings move to a sustainable future, products that are simply energy efficient will not meet new demands By David Corbin The demand for sustainable, efficient facilities has driven a significant change in the commercial building industry. Building owners and facility managers are looking for products that not only are energy efficient, but also are sustainably designed and sourced with minimal impact to the environment and the health of building occupants. The good news for many integrators and building managers is that as the push for sustainability has grown, manufacturers are now able to produce more responsible and progressive products at the same price point as many traditional solutions, enabling building owners to immediately see a return on investment (ROI) as the facility reduces power draw from standard usage. Transparency Documents Declare Labels, Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and Health Product Declarations (HPD) are transparency documents that enable integrators, building owners and facility managers to make informed decisions about products used in a facility. EPDs are issued solely via third-party verification, while Declare Labels and HPDs can be third-party verified or self-declared by manufacturers. A Declare Label is a complete list of materials and ingredients – down to 100 parts per million – used to make a product. Perhaps the most important aspect of a Declare Label is that it must include every material used, including any “red-list” chemicals. End-users can then use that information to make an informed decision about which products they want to specify within a space. An HPD provides a standardized way for manufacturers to report the known health hazards associated with the product’s material. End-users use HPDs to make informed decisions about any product ingredients based on the health impacts during the manufacturing process, as well as long-term exposure to building occupants. Finally, an EPD is a standardized way to communicate information about a product’s environmental impact throughout its entire life cycle. EPDs measure a product’s footprint from sourcing the raw materials, to transporting the product, manufacturing and packaging the product, and disposal or reuse/recycling at the product’s end-of-life. A Life Cycle Assessment is included within an EPD so end-users have all of the information to make an informed decision. The Business Case The commercial building industry is moving toward a sustainable future, and products that are simply energy efficient will not meet the new demands. Many security manufacturers are designing a sustainable model for environmentally conscious customers; in fact, some manufacturers are looking to discontinue the production of traditional solutions if a sustainable option can be made with little to no price increase. Not only are sustainable solutions becoming more prominent in the industry, but also, in some cases, they are becoming the only option. While it may seem like products that are sustainably designed would have to be more expensive than their traditional counterparts, that is rarely the case. For security manufacturers, it would be a disadvantage to design and sell a product that was a direct competitor to another solution, especially if the sustainable model was not within the same price range. The push for sustainability has enabled manufacturers to make responsible products at the same price point as many traditional solutions.

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