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thyssenkrupp is currently putting the finishing touches on the installation of 30 elevators and 2 escalators that will serve 52 floors at River Point, a new office tower located on a prime piece of property overlooking the Chicago River.

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ThyssenKrupp Elevator recently reached another step in our effort to provide material transparency for our customers and the people who ride our elevators.  enviromax ®, a hydraulic fluid for use in our hydraulic elevators received a platinum Material Health Certificate from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. See, enviromax is 99 percent petroleum free, 100 percent recyclable and derived from canola seeds and this new certification will help customers understand any possible ecological or health impacts associated with being exposed to our product.

The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute is a non-profit organization that administers the publicly available Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard.  That standard provides designers and manufacturers with criteria and requirements for continually improving what products are made of and how they are made. The Material Health Certificate provides a detailed view of the achievement of requirements within the Material Health section of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard.

For manufacturers, the task at hand is to achieve a level of documentation to qualify for credible certifications, utilizing third-party relationships. It demonstrates a commitment to provide transparent and honest information and ultimately make it easier for those who source building materials to find components free of harmful ingredients.

Additionally, the endura MRL hydraulic elevator’s cab has met the qualifications to receive the Declare label, awarded by The Living Future Institute, which allows manufacturers to submit product ingredient information and receive a “nutrition label,” like those commonly used in the food industry. The label states whether the product is Living Building Challenge compliant and discloses if a product is free of red-listed chemicals.  Initially, reporting standards like those first adopted in the United Stated Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Design) Materials and Resources category promoted the use of low-emitting or low-VOC products. The current LEED v4 rating system goes even further. The new Building Product Disclosure and Optimization: Material Ingredients credit encourages builders to use products and materials from manufacturers that disclose life-cycle information and inventoried chemical ingredient lists.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator is continuing to spearhead material health and transparency by finding projects and partners to move this important work forward. In addition to our new certification for envionmax, ThyssenKrupp is also the only elevator company to manufacture elevator cabs that have received a Material Health Certificate.


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