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Our development work focuses on the environmental compatibility and sustainability of our HENSOMASTIK® and HENSOTHERM® fire-protection coating systems for use in passive constructional fire protection. Over the years, this has developed into our ‘Green Product’ line, which includes those fire-protection products which do not contain volatile organic compounds (non-VOC products) and thus qualify as building materials for ecological construction.
Made in Germany
Our HENSOTHERM® and HENSOMASTIK® fire protection coating systems are developed and manufactured exclusively at our company base in Börnsen near Hamburg.
Member of DGNB
The work of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) focuses on designing living spaces so as to be sustainable. The association is the central platform for everyone who is interested in and committed to sustainable construction.
The aim is for our built environment to be planned, built and used in a sustainable way. To this end the DGNB e.V. is developing a certification system which allows an objective assessment and thus the optimisation of our built environment.
We at Rudolf Hensel GmbH support these objectives and make an active contribution to the sustainable design of our future living spaces through our membership of the association (since 2012).
In the DGNB Navigator, a comprehensive online database, several of Hensel’s “Green Product” HENSOMASTIK® and HENSOTHERM® fire-protection products have been registered in the ‘Brandschutzbeschichtungen (fire-protection coatings)’ category since 2014. This database is where architects, planners, developers, and everyone involved in building projects can find detailed information on the products and their environmental impact parameters, for calculating life-cycle costs, energy consumption, or emission behaviour.
Member of IBU
Rudolf Hensel GmbH has been a member of the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (Institute for construction and environment, IBU) since 2014.
IBU is an initiative set up by building product and building element manufacturers who have decided to join forces to meet the demand for greater sustainability in the construction industry.
As a manufacturers’ association, IBU presents a complete spectrum of environmental product declarations (EPDs) with the Type III ecological label in accordance with ISO and CEN standardisation. The publication of an EPD by IBU involves an independent verification by third-parties and demonstrates the environmental impacts of a product and the company’s sense of responsibility in respect of sustainable construction.
IBU Environmental product declaration (EPD)
Environmental product declarations (EPDs) have already been drawn up for Hensel’s first ‘Green Product’ fire-protection products HENSOMASTIK® and HENSOTHERM® and verified by the Institut Bauen und Umwelt (IBU). These EPDs are Type III environmental labels that relate not only to qualities, but also to quantities on the basis of ISO 14025 environmental declarations and thus allow a direct comparison of products from different manufacturers.
‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’, abbreviated to LEED, is an internationally recognised certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council in 1998.
It sets global standards for the development and design of ecological buildings, so-called “Green Buildings” and defines standards for environmentally friendly, resource-conserving and sustainable construction.
LEED v4 – the new LEED. In the future, the specifications relating to emissions from products will be based on the California Section 01350 and on the BIFMA standards for office furniture.
For projects and products outside the USA, the AgBB scheme can be used, to which will be added the formaldehyde value from the French VOC regulation (A+ classification). Further credit points can be earned by UL products and EPDs (Environmental Product Declarations) and ECVs (Environmental Claim Validations).
A+ VOC classification
The product was assessed as having class A+ VOC emissions. The recommended classification is based on the French regulation for labelling building products or wall claddings, flooring, paints, and lacquers with respect to their emissions of volatile contaminants, as published on 25 March 2011 (décret DEVL1101903D) and 13 April 2011 (arrêté DEVL1104875A).
Friend of the fire brigade
Rudolf Hensel GmbH has been an official “friend of the fire brigade” since 2016. As an employer, it not only supports company staff who are volunteer firefighters when they carry out their fire-fighting duties, it is also a long-time supporter of the local volunteer fire brigade in Börnsen and its junior firefighters.
The European Organisation for Technical Assessment (EOTA) was founded as a European organisation for technical approvals on the basis of the Construction Products Directive (89/106/EEC). When the EU Construction Products Directive (Directive (EU) No. 305/2011) came fully into force on 1 July 2013, the name changed, but importantly so did the tasks and the structure of the EOTA.
The Institut für Bautechnik (Institute for civil engineering, IfBt) in Berlin was founded on 1 July 1968. The parties to the agreement – the German federal government and the eleven federal states in western Germany – agreed to transfer responsibility for the granting of general construction authority approvals and further civil engineering-related tasks to the Institute.
To implement the European Construction Products Directive, the legislator appointed the IfBt as the only German approval authority for European construction products in 1991. The federal government thus transferred the collaboration in the European Organisation for Technical Approvals (EOTA) to the Institute.
On 1 January 1993, the new federal states became members of the agreement. The Institute was renamed the Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt). The range of tasks to be undertaken by the Institute was expanded to include the granting of European technical approvals.
Lloyds Register ISO 9001
Rudolf Hensel GmbH has been ISO 9001:2008 certified since 1997.
ISO 9001 is the globally recognised standard for the certification of quality management systems. Every company which has already introduced a quality management system can apply to be certified in accordance with ISO 9001. At the same time, ISO 9001 forms the basis of all further industry-specific standards and developments. In many sectors, ISO 9001 certification is already taken for granted or expected.
Conformity mark regulation
The highest construction authorities of the German federal states (Ministers for Building, Housing and Urban Development, Senators for Building) have issued regulations – “Monitoring of building materials and components” (abbreviated to “Monitoring regulation”) – which require that certain groups of items listed in the regulation may only be used if they originate from a monitored production process. The products involved (construction materials and structural elements) are those where health or public safety can be endangered when they fail.
DNV GL Maritime
DNV GL Maritime is the world’s leading classification company and a renowned provider of consultancy services to the maritime industry. It makes crucial contributions to the fact that global shipping is becoming safer and the capability, energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of the ships is improving – including all types of ship and offshore installations.
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) was founded in 1894 and is an independent organisation which examines, certifies and monitors products in respect of their safety. It makes the knowledge obtained and the expert knowledge on the products available to the purchasers, and provides advice and information.
UL Environmental product declaration (EPD)
Rudolf Hensel GmbH has achieved an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification from UL Environment. The certification relates to the fire protection system product for steel HENSOTHERM® 490 KS approved in accordance with UL263.
CERTIFIRE – Leading the way in Product Certification for Passive Fire Protection
CERTIFIRE is an independent third party certification scheme that assures performance, quality, reliability and traceability of fire protection products. Recognised by regulatory authorities worldwide, it is an internationally respected mark of fire safety and one of the most authoritative in the industry.
TiBP – Triisobutyl phosphate free
The product does not contain plasticizers! In this case no TiBP – Triisobutyl phosphate free!
„What are plasticisers? Plasticisers are substances which are added to brittle materials to make them soft, ductile, or extendible, so that they can be worked more easily or acquire particular characteristics of use. They can be found in large quantities in plastics, varnishes, coating agents, sealing compounds, industrial and natural rubber articles, and adhesives.“