April 22 marks global Earth Day – an annual event organized by EARTHDAY.ORG to educate and encourage participation in the worldwide environmental movement. Part of their aim is to make everyone, from private individuals to large organizations, accountable for the impact they have on the environment.
At Kawneer, we embrace product transparency and sustainability in all our day-to-day activities to reduce our environmental impact. In terms of transparency, we freely provide information not only on how our products are manufactured but also on what goes into them. Through our use of advanced technology processes and recycled aluminum, we are focused on reducing our environmental footprint while continuing to deliver high-performing products and increased sustainability.
We also engage in partnerships that deliver more sustainable buildings, taking into account how they can become part of their surrounding environments and have a positive impact on the well-being of the individuals who use them, as well as the community at large.
Our product documentation is structured in a way that makes sustainability documentation easier to complete. Featuring useful tools and other resources, our documents keep customers and architects better informed about our product design and how selecting the right Kawneer product can add to a building’s environmental value.
Certification guidelines show how our building envelope products can contribute to earning points/credits in various categories for different programs. From Cradle to Cradle Certified® Products, to ecoScorecard and LEED®, these guidelines help architects and designers to create more sustainable buildings.
Our Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are third party validated and certified by UL Environmental Health and Safety, the leader in understanding environmental product standards. Similarly, Material Transparency Summaries (MTS) provide a material ingredient inventory for 25 Kawneer products. To gain certification through the Living Building Challenge, we have partnered with the International Living Future Institute to create Declare labels for a number of our products. These products are Red List Free for anodized finishes and manufactured in the United States and Canada.
As buildings have evolved from being thought of as merely static structures to living, breathing ecosystems that positively contribute to the environment, we owe it to the world to ensure that our products have a role in a sustainable planet and are ethically sourced and manufactured for future generations.
Visit the Product Transparency page for more information.
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