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Leading industry
standards for transparency

IN 2003, TEKNION EMBARKED ON A STRATEGIC FOCUS TO PURSUE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Our environmental program started small, with a desire to change our thinking about the way we design and manufacture our products. Today, sustainable development is part of our culture, embracing both corporate programs and the individual efforts of people on the production line. Sustainability is not a project for us. It is what we do. That’s why Teknion is a proud supporter of the 2012 Health Product Declaration Pilot (HPD) Program positioning the green building movement at the forefront of the product transparency trend. We believe that small changes can trigger connections that lead to resonant change. Teknion’s focus on the environment is proving to be such a trigger; it started small and grew to affect many, through the collective effort of each team member.

We are pleased to be one of a very select few that were invited to participate in the HPD Pilot. We feel it’s the right thing to do and certainly the best thing to do to promote health and wellness in the workplace environment. Teknion actively seeks sustainable materials that are locally manufactured, high in recycled content and biodegradable. The level of collaboration between manufacturers and their customers will accelerate the widespread adoption of the HPD and positions the green building movement at the forefront of the product transparency revolution.

Teknion is one of 30 leading building product manufacturers chosen for a two-month pilot program to test and improve the draft HPD open standard. This is a voluntary format for disclosing product content and related health concerns that are typically not reported even when a product, or a building, is certified ‘green.’ First suggested by a major client, Google, the new standard is intended to provide a comprehensive format for voluntarily disclosing product ingredients and related health information to ultimately lead to better choices.

“We’ve become what we behold. First we shape our tools, and then our tools shape us.”

- Marshall Mcluhan

The goal of the HPD is to give 100% transparency to the public of the content within products brought to market. The largest concern for furniture is the raw materials and the chemicals on the Living Building Challenge’s ‘red list’ for some office furniture. The “red list” identifies construction materials that include components made from products such as mercury, asbestos, PVC, formaldehyde and lead. In most cases, these materials are poor for the indoor air quality of the spaces where they are installed. But, even if the final form is relatively inert, the production of these materials can have a large environmental toll due to the extraction of materials used to produce them and from the processing of raw materials to make the finished products.

As such, Teknion has pledged to the Healthy Product Declaration Working Group to reduce materials found on the Living Building Challenge’s “red list”. With over 3 million square feet of manufacturing space and owning more than 80% of its supply chain; Teknion has embraced the challenge. For example, Teknion has eradicated PVC as an option in many of its products including District®, Marketplace™, Optos®, all seating and electrical systems.

For more information about Teknion’s leadership in the industry as well as Teknion’s environmental impact, visit teknion.com/environment or for information on the HPD Pilot (PDF), contact Tracy Backus, tracy.backus@teknion.com


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