Sustainability requirements released for doors

New standard gauges environmental and human health impacts of door slabs

September 30, 2011
by Purchasing b2b staff

NORTHBROOK, Ill: UL Environment, Inc, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), has released a new set of standard requirements, UL ISR 102, to gauge the environmental and human health impacts of door slabs, including those that swing, hang or glide. The company also said the ASSA ABLOY Trio-E door is the first to be certified to these sustainability requirements.

The UL ISR 102 standard provides detailed requirements with which to evaluate the environmental impacts of several door types. The life cycle impact of doors is measured throughout the materials management, energy use, water use, manufacturing and operations, health and environment, product performance, product stewardship and innovative practices of production. These new guidelines are designed to help architects, designers and LEED-APs select environmentally preferable swinging door slabs. A door slab doesn’t include hardware or associated elements, but focuses on what the door and associated parts are made from.

“Doors are an important feature that impacts not only the indoor air quality and fire susceptibility of a space, but the overall impact of the resources used to collectively build the structure,” said Steve Wenc, president of UL Environment. “With the release of UL ISR 102, Sustainability for Swinging Doors, UL Environment hopes to provide a clear path for door manufacturers who are genuinely interested in manufacturing environmentally preferable products.”

UL Environment’s interim sustainability requirements relied on input from members of a Standard Technical Panel (STP), which is comprised of manufacturers, government entities, consumer interest groups, product installers, users, distributors and testing organizations.