Nature and sustainability
The environment and nature have always been of great importance at Sky-Frame – after all, we try to integrate them into spaces and create free-flowing transitions. For us, it goes without saying that we strive to preserve them and constantly check our processes for the optimal use of resources. This allows us to avoid wasting resources and energy.
Not least because of this, we invested in a photovoltaic system for our new building at the Frauenfeld site and integrated a brise-soleil with meadowy vegetation into the facade, which provides shade in the summer and allows additional light into the building in winter.
The Brise Soleil
The brise-soleil combines the beauty of a vertical garden with the constructive simplicity of a Swiss flower planter. Featuring louvre-like slats, the brise-soleil extends over the entire length of the south facade and creates a uniform, horizontally structured view.
The plants in the slats are low-maintenance but diverse, and are attractive throughout the seasons. Grasses, hardy perennials and delicate, lush flowers form a meadowy vegetation. The light is let into the building through the fine structure as through eyelashes, creating an appealing view together with the backlight.
Two types of vegetation have been developed for the thirteen layered shelves. Four floors with a high proportion of hardy flowering shrubs add touches of colour and divide the facade vertically. Conspicuous plants with vibrant colours characterise these colourful strips (e.g. Echinacea, Lythrum and Sedum).
In contrast, the design of the meadow strips comprises six types of grass, which form a finely varying curtain with their different habits and foliage colours. Subtle spots of flowers from the accompanying perennials are woven into it.
The stable, dry stalks and inflorescences have a strong aesthetic appeal, even during the winter time, and create attractive scenes in combination with dew, fog and hoar frost. Each shelf also contains a colourful blend of geophytes of various species, which bring the first splashes of colour early in the year. They form the main aspect of vegetation until May, before they are overgrown by the perennials and grasses.
The photovoltaic system on the roof of our headquarters in Frauenfeld has been in operation since April 2015 and exceeds our energy needs, especially in the sunny months. This enables us to regularly feed electricity back into the local power grid. Thus, not only Sky-Frame benefits from sustainable and environmentally friendly solar energy, but also other companies and households in the surrounding area. The system has so far generated more than 1.1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity.
This is equivalent to a reduction of more than 430,000 kilograms of CO2 – or, more clearly illustrated, to around 1,400 planted trees.
The current values can be viewed and tracked at any time via live monitoring.
EPD – Environmental Product Declaration
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) contains statements on the environmental aspects of a product (life cycle assessment and grey energy) and thus enables comparisons between products with the same function.
It records the life cycle of the products, including the environmental impact of resource use, CO2 emissions and sustainability. The cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment covers the environmental effects during production from the cradle to the factory gate (A1 = provision of raw materials, A2 = transport, A3 = production).
Sustainability has to be proven and serves to provide transparency about the environmental impact of Sky-Frame products. The EPD is the basis for the ecological assessment of buildings in building certification systems such as DGNB (Germany), LEED (USA), BREEAM (UK), HQE (France) or SNBS (Switzerland).
The EPD is integrated into the environmental management system of Sky-Frame AG. Essentially, the environmental effects are determined by the production of the safety glass. The life cycle assessment is positively influenced by the in-house photovoltaic system. The internal powder-coating facility also helps to reduce CO2 emissions by eliminating transport routes.
The detailed report (according to EN 15804) with the declaration number EPD-SF-27.0 contains general product information. It applies to one square metre of the Sky-Frame 2 and Sky-Frame 3 technologies.
Thanks to the introduction of a new environmental management system and the ongoing development of internal processes, Sky-Frame is now officially certified in accordance with ISO 14001. Protecting the environment is an integral part of our legal system and is one of the aspects of our company strategy that contributes to our success. Environmental protection in the workplace opens up a great deal of potential savings, in particular by reducing resource consumption and externalising environmental costs.
- ISO 14001 makes it easier to identify areas of potential savings such as reduced resource consumption, which gives us an advantage over our competitors when it comes to lowering costs.
- Complying with environmental regulations improves safety, thereby reducing the danger of incurring any legal consequences or encountering liability issues.
- Our efforts to continually improve our environmental protections are moving forward in accordance with the corresponding regulations and we have been able to speed up the approval process.
- As a certified company, Sky-Frame is a preferred system provider for sliding windows and sliding doors.
- Our environmental policy contributes positively to employee motivation and allows them to more closely identify with the company.