Building Green Top 10 Product List

PoE Access Control Locks from ASSA ABLOY Group Brands Corbin Russwin and SARGENT Selected for Building Green’s Top-10 Product List for 2014

ASSA ABLOY Group brands Corbin Russwin and SARGENT PoE access control locks have been named to BuildingGreen’s list of Top-10 products for the coming year by BuildingGreen, Inc., publisher of GreenSpec and Environmental Building News (EBN). The winners were announced over a live BuildingGreen webcast and will be presented at the U.S. Green Building Council’s Greenbuild convention in Philadelphia on Thursday, November 21. Now in its twelfth year, the Top-10 awards go to the most innovative green building products handpicked by BuildingGreen editors from among the hundreds of new and innovative products reviewed over the previous twelve months.

“The products we’re recognizing this year are remarkable in their diversity and innovation,” said Alex Wilson, founder of BuildingGreen. “We are thrilled to call attention to these products, which are helping to create more sustainable, greener buildings throughout North America.”

The range of PoE locks named in BuildingGreen’s selection includes the Corbin Russwin Access 700 PIP1 and Access 800 IP1 as well as the SARGENT Passport 1000 P1 and Profile Series v.S1. These integrated locks re-use existing network infrastructure to connect to the access control system, eliminating the need for any additional access control wiring or components. They also eliminate the need for any additional power supply or electrical wiring by leveraging an existing Local Area Network (LAN) for both power and data.

The use of a facility’s existing IEEE 802.3af PoE infrastructure streamlines the installation process, reduces costs and components, enables real-time communication and minimizes power consumption. ASSA ABLOY PoE locks use 90% less power in standby than traditional non-PoE access control. Across the hundreds of locks used within a building and over several years, this has a tremendous impact on overall power consumption.

“Being selected as one of BuildingGreen’s Top-10 products for 2014 is an honor that shows our continued commitment to providing not only the most reliable access control solutions, but also ensuring our solutions are sustainable and environmentally conscious,” commented Aaron Smith, director of sustainable building solutions, ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. “The PoE locks from Corbin Russwin and SARGENT are valuable assets in a green design that requires an access control solution on par with its sustainability goals.” 

The 2014 selections highlight how a focus on simplicity and quality enable today’s green products to contribute to sustainable and resilient design goals. This year’s winners include a commercial composting system, dimension stone that utilizes quarry waste, and an engineered wood product that is partly sourced from trees killed by the mountain pine beetle. Inverters that take solar energy off the grid and electronic door locks that can stay operable during power outages using very little back-up energy are also on the list.

A big driver of innovative green products continues to be the LEED rating systems and this year’s launch of the newest version, LEED v4, marks an even stronger focus on safe materials and product transparency. As the nation’s leading directory of green products, GreenSpec allows users to find products organized by LEED credits as well as by building category and the MasterFormat structure. Over 2,600 products have been listed based on criteria developed over the past 21 years. Manufacturers do not pay to be listed in GreenSpec, and neither GreenSpec nor Environmental Building News carry advertising. “Our policy of not offering pay-for-listing services allows us to be objective in our review of products,” said Wilson. The GreenSpec product database is available online as part of the subscription-based BuildingGreen Suite.

Other BuildingGreen resources include Environmental Building News, the oldest and most widely respected newsletter in the green building field, and, a resource for teams pursuing certification through the LEED Rating System. BuildingGreen celebrates its 27th year in business this year. For information on BuildingGreen resources, visit or call 800-861-0954.