The designer bathroom manufacturer works constantly to keep resource and raw-material consumption and emissions to a minimum, while remaining mindful of its social responsibility. Through its participation in recognised testing and certification systems and membership of relevant associations it plays a pioneering role in the industry.
The Duravit management system complies with the ISO 9001 industrial standard for quality and is subject to ongoing improvement. All sites have systematic environmental and energy management and are certified under ISO 14001 and ISO 50001. Sustainability reporting since 2011 has been in accordance with the new G4 guidelines by the internationally recognised Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Through its membership of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB), Duravit supports the DGNB system for describing and evaluating the sustainability of buildings throughout their entire life cycle.
Duravit is also a member of Institut Bauen und Umwelt (IBU), an association of building product manufacturers promoting greater sustainability in the building industry. In recognition of its responsibility for resource-sparing construction, it has been awarded the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for its sanitary ceramics and sanitary acrylic product groups. EPDs provide detailed information about the environmental impact of a company’s products and their life cycle.
Duravit is also a member of the Green Building Council (USGBC), an international council that promotes a sustainable future through efficient and energy-saving buildings. One measure advocated by it is the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) programme for green construction, which acknowledges buildings that are designed and built in a particularly sustainable fashion.
At the product level as well, Duravit offers its customers and partners a high degree of transparency and reliability. The European Water Label created by seventy-five European bathroom manufacturers gives voluntary information about the water consumption of products. Duravit WCs are in the green zone of the EWL scale for water consumption of under 3.5 litres. Registration with WaterSense, the leading US testing organisation, confirms that Duravit WCs save 20 per cent on water compared with conventional models without any compromises in terms of function or performance.
Duravit bathroom furniture production has the PEFC seal of quality. PEFC is the largest institution ensuring sustainable forestry through an independent certification system. Wood and wood products with the PEFC seal come from forests with proven ecological, economical and sustainable management.
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