Panduit Corporation recently announced the company has achieved environmental product declaration (EPD) certifications from UL Environmental for the company’s RJ45 jacks and copper cabling. Project developers can use EPDs to earn points toward LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
“Panduit is the first structured cabling manufacturer to achieve EPD certification on both cabling and connectors,” the company said when announcing this accomplishment. “The Panduit EPDs cover 18 types of RJ45 jacks and 22 different copper cables. The offering includes products for unshielded and shielded applications, in Category 5e, Category 6, and Category 6A performance, and includes both riser and plenum flame ratings for cable. In addition, health product declarations (HPDs) are in process for all the same products.”
A Panduit Category 6A jack is pictured on this page.
Dennis Renaud, vice president of Panduit’s enterprise business, commented, “Everyone is talking about sustainability these days. At Panduit, we do more than just talk about it. We’re committed to sustainable solutions and helping our customers achieve sustainability in their projects as well. This is an important step for Panduit in helping drive the marketplace toward sustainable solutions.”
Panduit further explained that building projects can earn points toward LEED Version 4 certification by installing at least 20 different products, which are third-party certified to EPD and/or HPD, from at least five different manufacturers. Certified products can contribute toward two LEED points; one for an EPD and one for an HPD.