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Green Values – steps towards an ecologically sustainable construction market
Our initiatives for a greener world
We firmly believe that every company has a responsibility to protect ecological diversity and take action in order to reduce climate change. We have therefore made ecological sustainability one of our core values. When we began to implement this promise, we were keen to avoid superficial gestures such as CO2 compensations and other consultant-fueled concepts. Instead, we wanted to transform our green initiatives into real actions to reduce our burden on the planet. This is why we have invested in improving our energy efficiency, and have replaced oil with ground source heat pump at our factory in Korsholm (Mustasaari), Finland. This has reduced our annual CO2 emissions by more than 300 tonnes. We also have one of the largest solar power plants in Western Finland, covering 10% the factory’s total annual energy consumption. Energy-efficiency is also essential when we make machinery investments and develop products. The management system of VILPE has recently been evaluated, and the company has been certified with the SGS ISO 14001:2015 environmental standard. This certificate covers the development, design, manufacturing and sales of VILPE products.
Durable and energy-efficient products to reduce environmental impact
As part of our green initiatives, we primarily focus on three areas when developing our products to be more environmentally sustainable. Firstly, we design our products to last for a very long time, helping the environment by reducing the need to constantly manufacture replacements. Our products are long-lasting because of the material they are made of: although plastic has sometimes been considered controversial, it is important to distinguish between different types of plastic. The plastic we use for our products enables a product life-span of 30 years of active use. It is also recyclable and chemically neutral.
Secondly, we carefully monitor the manufacturing process of our products so that it is as environmentally sustainable as possible. One of the things we do in order to monitor the negative environmental impact of our products is to calculate their MIPS values (Material Input per Service Unit). This measure records the total amount of resources consumed by the manufacture of each product in relation to its intended use. Also, during the production phase, we have developed processes which allow us to make use of almost all (99.8%) of the raw material coming into our factory.
Thirdly, we are constantly working on making our products more environmentally sustainable when they are in active use. This is why we focus on reducing the pressure loss of our products, which means lower energy consumption–not only saving money, but also minimizing their environmental impact. For instance, VILPE FLOW exhaust ventilation pipes have up to 40% lower pressure loss compared to our previous products, which in turn can reduce up to 12% of a ventilation unit’s total energy consumption.
Green energy and intelligent lighting solutions at our headquarters
During the last few years, we have used our green initiatives to take concrete actions for a more environmentally sustainable headquarters.
- A major investment in improving the energy efficiency has been replacing oil with ground source heat pumps in the Mustasaari factory in Finland. This reduces our annual CO2 emissions by more than 300 tonnes. Read more.
- Our factory roof is now the site of one of the largest solar power plants in Western Finland, consisting of 1040 solar panels with a maximum output of 286 kWp. It supplies 10% of the factory’s total annual energy consumption.
- We have invested in intelligent LED lighting solutions at our headquarters to save even more energy.
Our investments to reduce energy consumption amount to 1.32 million euros when ground source heat pumps, solar panels and LED lightning are included in the calculations.
The management system of VILPE has been evaluated and the company has been certified with the SGS ISO 14001:2015 environmental standard. This certificate covers the development, design, manufacturing and sales of VILPE products.