Sustainable Door Standard Issued by UL Environmental

September 29, 2011

UL Environment Inc. has released UL ISR 102, a new set of standards designed to help gauge the environmental and human health impacts of door slabs. The company also reports that the Trio-E door from Assa Abloy is the first to be certified to the new sustainability requirements.

The new standard covers both interior and exterior products, including commerical and residential products, UL officials note.  It is also said to encompass doors of all materials, ranging from wood and molded fiber to fiberglass, aluminum, vinyl and glass products.

“Every element of a building contributes to creating healthier work environments. 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,” says Steve Wenc, UL Environment president.

“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," he continues. "Those who commit to meeting the standard through third-party certification also demonstrate their commitment to leading the industry forward, and add a level of trust specifiers prefer when selecting better products.”

The new guidelines are designed to help architects, designers and LEED-APs select environmentally-preferable swinging door slabs, not including the hardware or associated elements, according to UL. The scope notes, however, that in addressing thermal and mechanical performance, the door will be considered as a part of the larger system which might include the frame and hardware as appropriate for
the test method.

The new document details procedures to evaluate the environmental impacts related to producing a variety of door types, officials note. The life cycle impact of doors is measured based on materials management, energy use, water use, manufacturing and operations, health and environment, product performance and product stewardship. Credits for innovations are also addressed.

“We are pleased to have worked closely with UL Environment and to be the first manufacturer of door opening solutions to qualify for UL ISR 102 and attain silver level," says Dan Glover, product manager for Assa Abloy Door Group. "Achieving the UL Environment silver level label is a significant milestone in our pursuit of energy efficient and sustainable solutions. Seeing, hearing and understanding customer needs to support and promote development of energy efficient innovative products is a core strategy in our road map for growth at Assa Abloy."

UL Environment’s interim sustainability requirements relied on input from numerous stakeholders, including members of a standard technical panel comprised of stakeholders representing a variety of interests, such as manufacturers, government entities, consumer interest groups, product installers, users, distributors and testing organizations, the company reports. UL ISR 102 sets minimum environmental requirements and creates a tiered approach to highlight higer levels of sustainability.