Doka validates criteria for calculating formwork, scaffolding carbon footprint

Sources: Doka USA, Kenilwork, N.Y.; CP staff

Doka USA parent company representatives and peers in a working group under an association, Güteschutzverband Betonschalungen Europa e.V. (GSV), have finalized a standard to quantify formwork and scaffolding system product carbon footprints (PCF). The PCF metric measures the total greenhouse gas emissions generated across all relevant material lifecycle phases. It serves as a tool for assessing the overall climate impact of a product and identifying levers to reduce value chain emissions.

The new standard equips Doka USA to provide greenhouse gas emissions metrics attending formwork and scaffolding on projects like Detroit’s 685-ft. Hudson’s Site Tower, set for top out this year.

“Competitiveness, sustainability, and transparency are becoming increasingly intertwined, and valid data is key to sustainable decision making,” says Doka Group CEO Robert Hauser. “Two years ago, we set new standards in formwork and scaffolding by fully calculating the carbon footprint of more than 7,000 Doka products. We have now been able to make a significant contribution to establishing minimum standards in the industry.” 

“We are delighted to contribute our many years of experience and calculation methodology to the GSV joint working group,” adds Head of Sustainability Julia Weber. “This industry-wide agreement between leading manufacturers brings us a big step closer to being able to better compare product carbon footprints and create a level playing field within the formwork and scaffolding industry.”

“When it comes to sustainability, facts count, not gut feelings,” affirms Weber. “We are consistently pursuing our goal of net-zero emissions by 2040, and in the long term are striving for ever lower-emission product strategies. Product carbon footprint data is already an integral part of the innovation process at Doka. After all, transparent data is the key to sustainable construction.”