Nexans building cables offer receives Singapore Green Building Council certification
First certification by a green building council to focus on cables (power, data and photovoltaic system cables)
Paris, 29 April 2013 – Nexans, a worldwide expert in the cable industry, is the world’s first cable company to achieve the coveted Singapore Green Building Council (SGBC) certification for its building cables.
The SGBC is a key player in driving standards in the green buildings and sustainability sector not only in Singapore, but across the South East Asia region. Its activities are also highly regarded throughout the world, and achieving this certification is an important step for Nexans in reinforcing its global position as a leading supplier of green building cables. The certification covers cables for both commercial and residential buildings.
Said SGBC President, Mr Ng Eng Kiong, “SGBC is a leader of the green building movement in Singapore and the region, with members spanning the entire value chain of the building and construction industry. The certification of products is a key role that we play in raising the standards of building products to ensure that buildings are not just ‘green’ in design, but will be built using products that lead to greater efficiencies; improved occupant health and safety; and produced in a manner that emphasises good environmental stewardship at the same time.”
The Nexans cables that have received the SGBC certification include: Alsecure Premium 331 and Alsecure Plus 331 – typically used for fire safety application to distribute power for critical building services such as emergency lighting, alarms and fire detection; LANmark 6A and LANmark 7A data cables for physical infrastructure requiring high performance solutions; ENERGYFLEX cables, used for photovoltaic (PV) systems.
In achieving the SGBC certification, the green credentials of the Nexans cables received a thorough and searching assessment that covered both the materials used and the production processes employed in terms of resource efficiency, technical innovation and excellent Environmental Quality Management (EQMS) systems.
In terms of materials, the Nexans cables are halogen free, which means that if a fire occurs within a building the gases emitted are non-toxic and non-corrosive. It also means they produce less smoke than older style PVC insulated cables and that the cable system is flame/fire-retardant to significantly delay the propagation of a fire, thus gaining precious time for evacuation and fire-fighting. Nexans was also able to demonstrate that it had excellent cable manufacturing practices through its ISO 14001 certification. The Group was also one of the first manufacturers to be able to provide the quantified environmental impact of products during their life cycle..
“This is the first time that such high profile attention has been given to the vital role that cable can play in helping building and construction companies, suppliers and consultants to meet their sustainability targets for buildings. And we are very excited by this initiative,” says Charlotte Ingold, Sustainable Development Marketing Manager, Nexans Distributors & Installers Europe. “Sustainability is at the core of Nexans’ business and this certification further differentiates Nexans offer for the green building market; it is a real benefit for our customers. We are delighted to receive this major endorsement from the Singapore Green Building Council.” comments Johnny Low, Sales Development Manager Building – FR Cable Solution, APAC
With energy at the basis of its development, Nexans, worldwide expert in the cable industry, offers an extensive range of cables and cabling solutions. The Group is a global player in the energy transmission and distribution, industry and building markets. Nexans addresses a wide series of market segments: from energy and telecom networks to energy resources (wind turbines, photovoltaic, oil and gas, and mining) to transportation (shipbuilding, aerospace, automotive and automation, and railways). Nexans is a responsible industrial company that regards sustainable development as integral to its global and operational strategy. Continuous innovation in products, solutions and services, employee development and commitment, customer orientation and the introduction of safe industrial processes with limited environmental impact are among the key initiatives that place Nexans at the core of a sustainable future. With an industrial presence in 40 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 25,000 people and had sales in 2012 of nearly 7.2 billion euros. Nexans is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris, compartment A.