Many consultants and developers choose to build according to one or more sustainable certification standards. This can make a building healthier for the environment and its occupants – and can also make it more financially attractive for the developer.
In its Sustainable Buildings Market Study from 2019, the engineering company Ramboll gathered responses from nearly 400 Nordic property and building experts. As many as 90 per cent of them see sustainability as being a key factor in determining the success of a project. In addition, the study shows that, on average, sustainable buildings command a 6-10 per cent higher property and rental value as well as having 5-10 per cent lower operating costs.
LEED, BREEAM, WELL and DGNB are four leading voluntary schemes for certifying sustainable buildings. The schemes provide builders and consultants with a tool for calculating how their decisions and choices of materials will have a bearing on the sustainability of the finished building.
A certified natural product
Troldtekt acoustic solutions contribute positively to the certification of buildings. The acoustic panels are a 100 per cent natural product consisting of cement and wood – and can even be supplied in the ‘FSC 100%’ (FSC®C115450) category, which means that all the wood in each panel meets the requirements for responsible forestry management.
Troldtekt’s business strategy is based on the circular principles of the Cradle to Cradle concept, and our products are Cradle to Cradle-certified at silver level.
“The basic idea is that products and waste can be returned to the biological cycle and create new value. Troldtekt panels can do this in several ways, among other things as compost, and through the recycling of waste products in the production of cement. We are constantly setting new sustainable targets,” says Peer Leth, CEO of Troldtekt A/S.
In collaboration with Ramboll, Troldtekt has documented how its acoustic solutions contribute to the various criteria for LEED, BREEAM, WELL and DGNB certification. Ramboll has produced documentation packages which are designed to help consultants assess Troldtekt’s specific contribution to the four schemes.
What’s new is that the documentation packages also include WELL, which focuses in particular on improving human health and well-being through the built environment. WELL differs from the more technical certifications, and is therefore often used in conjunction with one of them.
Troldtekt can contribute to 20 per cent of the criteria for WELL certification. Among other things, WELL rewards the fact that Troldtekt acoustic solutions are Cradle to Cradle-certified based on comprehensive documentation of material health.
How Troldtekt contributes
The four different building certifications each prioritise different aspects. However, one thing they all have in common is that those manufacturing the materials are generally expected to meet very strict documentation requirements.
Over the years, LEED, the US certification scheme, has continuously raised its material-specific requirements, while under the UK certification scheme BREEAM the climate and environmental impact of the materials must be documented in a life-cycle analysis of the building.
In these contexts, it is positive that Troldtekt has an environmental product declaration (EPD) that guarantees transparency and data security. Troldtekt has also thoroughly documented how its products contribute to a healthier indoor climate and a circular economy. And all the certifications reward the use of certified timber from sustainable forestry operations and responsible cement production for Troldtekt’s acoustic panels.
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