To make sustainable decisions when building or renovating a space, architects, general contractors and business owners need to know how the products or materials selected impact the natural environment. The same goes for companies looking to expand on their sustainability initiatives, such as Skyfold and Modernfold, brands within our Key & Wall Solutions segment, manufacturing horizontally and vertically folding and acoustic automated movable walls for flexible offices, educational facilities, hospitality venues and convention centers worldwide. In their Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Skyfold and Modernfold share their products’ environmental performance with the aim to not only provide specifiers with the resources needed to facilitate green building certification, but also to provide themselves with a tool to reflect on their own environmental footprint.
EPDs communicate an unbiased and transparent view into how a product can impact the environment and to what extent, giving Skyfold and Modernfold a unique opportunity to assess the materials and procedures used to fabricate their movable walls, the transportation methods used to deliver these walls to customers, and different end-of-life possibilities. “What’s great about EPDs is that they provide us with a chance to reflect on our processes and products and then evaluate where and how we can improve to make Skyfold an even greener flexible space solution for our customers and our natural environment,” explains Stephan Acolatse, Engineering Supervisor and head of the team of engineers responsible for the EPD reports at Skyfold. “It’s insightful for us as engineers and innovators, while demonstrating our commitment to be a responsible business.”