Troldtekt® acoustic panels based on the new cement type FUTURECEM™ have won a German Innovation Award 2022. The award pays tribute to sustainable design innovations.
For the second time in just a few weeks, Troldtekt is being honoured again for its acoustic panels based on the new cement type FUTURECEM. The panels, which have a negative carbon footprint during production, have won a German Innovation Award in the ‘Excellence in Business to Business’ category. Troldtekt received the award at a ceremony in Berlin on 24 May.
The German Innovation Awards are presented by the German Design Council, which is also behind awards such as the German Design Award and the ICONIC Awards. The purpose of the German Innovation Award is to pay tribute to innovations which, among other things, lead to enhanced sustainability while minimising energy and resource consumption.
Free from harmful substances
Earlier in May, Troldtekt based on FUTURECEM cement received a Green Product Award – even as a ‘Best of’ in its category. Tina Snedker Kristensen, Head of Sustainability and Communications at Troldtekt A/S, says:
“The two prestigious awards confirm that we have developed an acoustics solution which is attractive to developers and their consultants. Minimising the carbon footprint of building materials is a top priority in the construction industry. The new acoustic panels can very much be part of the solution and, with Cradle to Cradle certification at Gold level, we have documented that the panels are free of harmful substances.
“It marks something of a breakthrough that we can replace traditional cement with FUTURECEM without impairing the properties of the panels. We now have a cement-based product which has a negative carbon footprint during production and right up until it is recycled or disposed of,” adds Vibeke Pedersen, Head of Engineering Department at Troldtekt A/S.
FUTURECEM has a carbon footprint which is approx. 30 per cent lower than traditional cement. The wood, which is the other raw material in the acoustic panels, absorbs more CO2 when the trees are growing than is emitted in total by the production of FUTURECEM, the transport of the raw materials and the production of the Troldtekt acoustic panels. The result is carbon negativity.
EPDs ready for award-winning variants
Consultants and developers wanting to choose the award-winning acoustics panels for their projects can easily download documentation for the panels’ environmental impact, as environmental product declarations (EPDs) have been prepared for four different types of FUTURECEM-based Troldtekt acoustic panels. The EPDs cover painted and unpainted panels as well as the award-winning series of Troldtekt design solutions.
According to the EPDs, the new Troldtekt panels emit -1.37 kg of CO2/m2 in the EPD phases A1-A3 (raw material supply, raw material transport and manufacture). By comparison, Troldtekt panels based on traditional grey cement emit +0.68 kg CO2/m2 during the same phases.
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