Stainless steel is strong, hygienic, corrosion resistant and recyclable. The combination of corrosion resistance and durability increases product lifetimes. These properties make it an ideal choice for a variety of demanding industrial and consumer applications.
Several life-cycle studies indicate that in many applications the total cost of stainless steel is lower than that of competing materials; in certain cases, cost savings can be in the range of 30% to 40%, due to reduced repair and maintenance costs. Renewable energy solutions such as solar power, biofuels and wind energy require components and materials that can be sustainably sourced and yield low life-cycle costs. Stainless steel is an optimal choice in such areas.
Environmental product declarations and LEED
We offer quantitative and verified information on the environmental impact of our main products for the architecture, building and construction in the form of environmental product declarations and LEED fact sheets for green building. With the help of this information, our customers know exact environmental impacts and energy needs of our products and can calculate how these affect the life cycle of their structure.
We have issued four EPDs for stainless steel in construction. The data is based on a representative mix of the production. The EPDs were issued by IBU, Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V., and they are valid for a period of five years.
Use our stainless steel for LEED points
Outokumpu is a pioneer in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a sustainability-oriented building certification scheme developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. LEED certification standards apply to buildings that achieve high energy efficiency and use sustainable materials. The sustainable characteristics of Outokumpu stainless steel, such as high recycled content and long service life, are rewarded in this scheme.
We offer LEED documentation for our products, which means that designers who select Outokumpu stainless steel can gain LEED points for their building. As a complement to the LEED fact sheet we have created a credit point summary based on our own estimates of where our stainless steel has the potential to help in achieving LEED points. Outokumpu is also a USGBC member since 2015.