Troldtekt Acoustic Panels: Sustainable certification

  • 18 Apr 2013
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Vestas Technology R&D Centre by aarhus arkitekterne a/s

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Sustainable building is about more than the environment. The three leading certification schemes in this sector – LEED, BREEAM and DGNB – embrace a wide variety of criteria ranging from indoor climate to waste management.

All three schemes are relevant: LEED is the American sustainability certification scheme for buildings, BREEAM is the British version and DGNB is German. However, multinational companies with foreign subsidiaries often stick to just one scheme (as it was the case of Danish based Vestas). Denmark has also launched a national adapted version of DGNB. 

So, having the right information for these standards can be very helpful when specifying and certifying buildings. With this mind, Troldtekt asked engineering consulting firm Ramboll  to analyse and document their acoustic panels, to have the precise data on how they contribute points for these three leading certifications within sustainable building: LEED, BREEAM and DGNB.

Vestas Technology R&D Centre by aarhus arkitekterne a/s

Since 1885, Troldtekt has been manufacturing acoustic panels  made of entirely natural materials, which have been used in the first Danish building to achieve Platinum LEED certification, the Vestas Technology R&D Centre in Lem in western Jutland. Designed by Danish firm aarhus arkitekterne a/s, the Vestas building features Troldtekt lighting that has been integrated in Troldtekt acoustic ceiling panels.

”Troldtekt is excellent for controlling the acoustics. The panels also contribute to the general sustainability of the building and to the overall aesthetics with their delicate wood wool structure which produces a warm Nordic look”
- Michael Green, project architect with aarhus arkitekterne.

Vestas Technology R&D Centre by aarhus arkitekterne a/s

Documentation for the contributions to the LEED, BREEAM and DGNB Denmark schemes is just one of Troldtekt’s sustainable initiatives in 2012. Earlier in the year, Troldtekt achieved Cradle to Cradle certification in the silver category for its acoustic natural panels. The Danish Technological Institute is currently preparing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Troldtekt’s acoustic panels.

Facts: How Troldtekt contributes to Sustainability

The report states that Troldtekt contributes with points for LEED, BREEAM and DGNB Denmark within the following focus areas:

  •  Life cycle costs
  • Acoustic indoor climate
  • Atmospheric indoor climate and toxicity
  • Psychological indoor climate (art)
  • Materials, including:

- Life cycle assessment
- Regionality
- Renewability and reuse
- Recycled content
- Procurement of materials
- Fire safety
- Construction site waste management 

You can see examples of these products used in other buildings, and more technical details at the Troldtekt library.

Cite: Adveristing, Advertising. "Troldtekt Acoustic Panels: Sustainable certification" 18 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=361539>