Hansgrohe Publishes Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Nine Product Categories
The Hansgrohe Group has published EPDs for nine AXOR and hansgrohe product categories. The EPDs provide information about the environmental impact of a product in relation to its entire life cycle: from the extraction of raw materials, through manufacturing and many years of use, to recycling or disposal. This data provides architects, builders and designers with important information for the sustainability of their construction projects. This is particularly important for building projects that are subject to international certification systems such as BREEAM or LEED.
The EPDs cover around 1,400 of the best-selling chrome products from the standard AXOR and hansgrohe collections and product ranges. Products of identical design have been grouped into the nine so-called average EPDs: overhead showers, hand-held showers, hoses, shower pipes, basin faucets, shower and bathtub faucets, kitchen faucets, basic bodies, and thermostats. The data sheets provide information on flow rates, water and energy consumption and CO2 balances, as well as on the origin and composition of materials and recycling options in the event of dismantling. A total of over 35 environmental indicators are shown.
Pioneer in the Publication of EPDs for Showers and Sanitary Fittings
The approach of transparently presenting the sustainability of products has been pursued by Hansgrohe for a long time. In 2010, Hansgrohe drew up the so-called ‘PCR Product Category Rules’ for sanitary fittings and showers for Germany. One year later, the premium brand published its first EPD in Germany for the Crometta 85 and Croma 100 hand-held shower models, thereby laying the foundation for the company’s EPDs.
“The EPD information enables architects and builders to select the most suitable product from an ecological point of view already during the planning process,” says Rebecca Weigold, Head of Green Company, Hansgrohe SE. “With our EPDs based on ISO 14025, planning according to LCA criteria will be much easier in the future.”
All EPDs have undergone the verification process of the Institut für Bauen und Umwelt e. V. (IBU), Berlin. They are publicly available on the IBU platform: https://ibu-epd.com/veroeffentlichte-epds/
The plan is to gradually roll out the range of EPDs to other product categories.
About the Hansgrohe Group – Setting the Beat of Water. Since 1901.
With its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, the Hansgrohe Group, based in Schiltach/Southern Germany, enjoys a reputation as a leader in innovation, design and quality within the bath and kitchen industry. Founded in 1901 in the Black Forest, the company gives water form and function with its faucets, showerheads and shower systems. The 120-year history of the company is marked by innovations, such as the first hand-held shower with multiple spray types, the first pull-out kitchen faucet, and the first wall bar to hold a hand-held shower.The company holds more than 18,500 active property rights. The Hansgrohe Group stands for long-lasting quality products and for responsibility towards people and the environment. Sustainable production of resource-conserving products is central to the company’s business activities around the globe. With 34 subsidiaries and 20 sales offices supplying products in 152 countries, the globally active company in the sanitary industry is a reliable partner to its customers in all regions of the world. The Hansgrohe Group, its brands and products have won numerous awards, including more than 700 design prizes since 1974. The products of the Hansgrohe Group are found worldwide: on renowned cruise ships, in luxurious 5-star and boutique hotels, in international metropolitan cities, in extraordinary spas, exclusive bathrooms of lodges and luxury villas, public facilities, as well as in countless private homes. The Group’s high quality standards are ensured by seven wholly-owned production facilities: four in Germany, one each in France, the United States and China. In 2021, the Hansgrohe Group generated a turnover of EUR 1.365 billion. It employs around 5,400 people worldwide, about 60 percent of whom work in Germany.