Circular Lighting Report

Future Designs offers EPDs for its core luminaire ranges

David Clements of Future Designs

UK-based luminaire maker Future Designs has announced that it is to supply  Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its core product range.

The company says it has committed time and budget over the long term to the EPD certification process. As well as procuring BRE EPD software, it is completing EPDs for its core product range, working with BRE to have them completed by the end of the year, with the rest of the company’s product offer due to be submitted for certification in due course.

Futures Designs says that it can also now complete a life cycle analysis for bespoke or retrofit products.

The company has already completed Carbon Trust accreditation and representation on its Energy Technology List.

‘This is yet another chapter in the story of our commitment’, chief executive David Clements, pictured, told the Circular Lighting Report. ‘As the world is faced with a growing necessity to refurbish, reuse and restore, Future Designs is leading the way with the hope that more organisations will follow suit.

‘We continue the environmental drive that links our investment in the EPD software and the ‘carbon careful’  initiative, looking beyond the compliance requirements to develop meaningful, positive impact on our environment and protecting the earth’s scarce resources.’

The Kent-base company is the largest remanufacturer of luminaires in the UK. It typically renews fluorescent and halogen luminaires with LED technology transforming them into energy efficient, carbon saving products, prolonging their lifespan, and reducing carbon usage and overall costs.

The company says that it has pioneered the refurbishment and upgrading of existing luminaires and carcasses for over 12 years.

Most projects involved the transformation of the fittings with LED gear trays.

The firm has produced a carbon careful™ book which showcases a range of examples from leading blue-chip organisations, many in the City of London.

‘LED has been the lighting medium of choice for over 10 years now but there are still millions of old fluorescent fittings being used to illuminate space,’ says Clements. ‘By switching to LED, energy and carbon usage can be reduced by circa 50 per cent, coupled with the reuse of mild steel and aluminium, the savings are significant.

Projects in the carbon careful initiative include a major refurbishment of Shell’s London offices, where all office lights, as well as special heritage luminaires, were removed, upgraded and refurbished.

The full book can be viewed here:

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