ASSA ABLOY today announced that its Ecoflex™ lock technology has been awarded third-party certification by GreenCircle Certified, LLC, the leading certifier of sustainability claims in products and operations.
Marking a breakthrough in energy efficiency, Ecoflex electrified mortise locks from ASSA ABLOY Group brands Corbin Russwin and SARGENT offer up to 96 percent reduction in energy usage compared to standard electronic locks. These energy savings were independently reviewed and verified by GreenCircle to assure accuracy, consistency, and transparency.
“We are extremely gratified that our Ecoflex technology has received GreenCircle certification,” said Aaron Smith, LEED AP BD+C, Director of Sustainable Building Solutions, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. “We are always striving to offer better products, and today that means products that not only do a better job, but also use less energy and have a minimal impact on the environment. Ecoflex offers all of these advantages and more.”
Ecoflex’s reduction in power usage is achieved by replacing the solenoid used in traditional electronic locks with an Ecoflex actuator. Conventional solenoids consume about 6 watts of power compared to the Ecoflex’s 0.18 watts to perform the identical locking function. In addition, Ecoflex generates significantly less wasted energy as heat.
The use of Ecoflex over conventional electronic locks offers a major opportunity to reduce energy consumption, as well as contribute to sustainability objectives and favorable LEED ratings. Ecoflex offers a flexible, reliable solution with a single ANSI/BHMA Grade 1 mortise lock that can serve a variety of needs. Using only four percent of the electricity of a conventional lock, Ecoflex’s increased energy efficiency directly translates to cost savings. In a facility with 1,000 doors as an example, changing to Ecoflex will save over 5 megawatt hours and $5,000 annually. Ecoflex locks are offered in a variety of finishes and decorative levers to complement any designer and architectural application.
“As today’s consumers become more informed, there is an increasing demand for honesty and integrity from product suppliers like ASSA ABLOY,” said Annie Bevan, Certification and Operations Manager of GreenCircle. “Third-party certification of sustainability claims is essential in establishing credibility and developing consumer confidence. GreenCircle provides transparency you can trust.”