Superior Essex Announces Publication of Industry-First Optical Fiber EPDs


ATLANTA, GA. December 15, 2014 - Superior Essex announces that it is the first company in the telecommunications cable manufacturing industry to offer Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Optical Fiber cables. EPDs have been published for twenty-five (25) Superior Essex premises optical fiber cable products, including multiple designs of plenum rated and riser rated cables. These EPDs allow Superior Essex optical fiber cables to contribute toward points in the LEED certification process. The LEED program has become the standard in the USA for rating and certifying the environmental impact of building projects, including new construction and existing structures.

The EPDs attributed to Superior Essex optical fiber cables can be used towards the receipt of a Material and Resource Credit under LEED version 4. An EPD is a comprehensive report that examines the environmental impact of a product or product family through its lifecycle, which provides the transparency necessary to assess the environmental standing of the products. EPDs for Superior Essex have been certified and published by Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL).

“Superior Essex is committed to being transparent regarding the health and environmental impacts of our products. To further demonstrate this commitment, we have now published EPDs for our premises optical fiber products. These EPDs, in addition to our EPDs and HPDs for premises copper, not only help to solidify our position as the industry leader, but also help those organizations looking to achieve LEED certification,” says Steve Born, Sr. Applications Engineer and LEED AP for Superior Essex.

“We take pride in working with companies that are leading their industry, and Superior Essex is no exception. Utilizing Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and EPDs allows forward-thinking organizations, like Superior Essex, to address environmental concerns and create more sustainable products,” says Tad Radzinski, President of Sustainable Solutions Corporation.

The Superior Essex EPDs are available in the UL Sustainable Product Guide.

Superior Essex International LP
Steve Born, Sr. Applications Engineer, LEED AP BD+C

About Superior Essex
Superior Essex International LP is a leading manufacturer and supplier of cable, wire and accessory products serving the communications industry, energy industry and related distribution markets for over 80 years. Product lines include Indoor and Outside Plant (OSP) copper and fiber data cables, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) coaxial cables and accessories, Fiber-to-the-Premises (FTTP) closures, fire alarm/security (FAS) cables, and low/medium voltage energy cable products and accessories. Superior Essex International LP is a subsidiary of Superior Essex Inc.

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