Consultants and project owners are now able to download environmental product declarations (EPDs) for eight different types of Troldtekt acoustic panels based on FUTURECEM™ cement. The life cycle analyses show that the panels have a negative carbon footprint right up until it is time for them to be disposed of or recycled.
The German Institut Bauen und Umwelt (IBU) has now verified and published eight environmental product declarations (EPDs) for the new Troldtekt acoustic panels based on the cement type FUTURECEM from Aalborg Portland.
The EPDs give construction industry professionals an overview of the acoustic panels’ environmental impact throughout their life cycle. The EPDs also enable comparisons with alternative solutions, thus paving the way for informed choices to be made.
“We want to be completely transparent when making our EPDs available. Therefore, we’re having separate EPDs prepared for our various products – such as the new FUTURECEM-based variants of our acoustic panels,” says Vibeke Pedersen, who heads the engineering department at Troldtekt A/S.
Negative carbon footprint during production
The new EPDs show that the FUTURECEM-based acoustic panels have a negative carbon footprint in phases A1-A3, which cover the extraction and transport of raw materials as well as the production of the actual acoustic panels.
FUTURECEM is a type of cement that exploits the synergies between calcined clay and lime filler. In this way, much of the fired clinker in Aalborg Portland’s cement production can be replaced, and the result is cement with a 30 per cent smaller carbon footprint. Since almost the entire carbon footprint of a Troldtekt acoustic panel stems from the cement that is used in its manufacture, switching cement types makes a real difference.
The wood, which is the other raw material in Troldtekt acoustic panels, absorbs more CO2 while the trees are growing in Danish forests than is emitted during the production of FUTURECEM. And as the production of the acoustic panels at the factory in Troldhede is based on 97.8 per cent renewable energy, the total carbon footprint during production ends up negative.
As the EPDs show, the cement layer in a Troldtekt panel gradually absorbs CO2 via the chemical process of carbonisation, which reduces the panel’s carbon footprint even further. Thus, the acoustic panels have a negative carbon footprint right up until the moment they are disposed of or recycled after typically 50-70 years of use.
Takes account of different variants
There are eight EPDs for FUTURECEM-based Troldtekt acoustic panels because the EPDs take into account:
The new EPDs complement the EPDs for Troldtekt acoustic panels based on traditional cement, which were published in 2021. In other words, there are now 20 EPDs in all for Troldtekt acoustic panels.