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How can a supplier use SundaHus in their marketing?

Suppliers of products assessed in SundaHus Material Data can use the SundaHus logo in their marketing. Learn more about how to do it here.

What preparations are needed from a product supplier before placing an order for a SundaHus assessment?

Before you place an assessment order, make sure to have all the documentation at hand as that will speed up the process and help avoid delays. Please read our terms and conditions for further information.

What documents are required from product suppliers for a SundaHus assessment?

Chemical products always require a Material Safety Data Sheet, which provides information on the chemical hazards associated with the products. This document is legally binding for chemical products and should therefore always be made available by suppliers.

For both chemical and other products, we request building product declarations or any other form of environmental declaration (e.g. a customized form of environmental product declaration, EPD, PEP).

The documents should also contain a sufficient amount of information in order to be considered complete (see checklist for details). In our checklist you can see what specific data we look for in different product categories.

A template for the Building Product Declaration can be found on the following website. We encourage you to also provide product information sheets, operating and maintenance instructions, emisson reports and ecolabelling certification where applicable.

What is a building product declaration (BPD)?

BPD is an abbreviation for Building product declaration (in Swedish BVD), and is a basis for assessing a product's environmental impact at different stages of the product life cycle. The form for BPD can be found on the website for the association for Building Product Declarations. Instructions on how to fill in the declaration can be found there too.

Can SundaHus assist in filling out a BPD?

It is inappropriate for SundaHus to help fill out a Building Product Declaration (BPD) considering the fact that SundaHus will then use this document as a basis for an environmental assessment. This could lead to bias and put the company in a conflict of interest. SundaHus may, however, provide suggestions on how and what type of information to present in the document and then refer to other companies that assist in the filling out of BPDs.

How can a product supplier help update documents to their products?

With your supplier account, you can update documents directly in SundaHus Material Data. On the supplier page, you get an overview of your brands and can reach the assessment of the brand's products. On each product page, you can either choose to update the document already connected to the assessment or suggest a new document that should be added. Note: You can only update the document this way if they are available on  the web. If the documents are not available on the web you can send the documents (preferably in PDF format) to docs@sundahus.se.

How can a supplier report an error in SundaHus Material Data?

In order to report errors in assessmens, you must be logged in to your supplier account. You can find the link "Rapportera fel" at the bottom of each product assessment page. SundaHus chemists will then deal with the matter and send a response on what has been done.

How do I send for a new password?

After clicking on "Forgot password" on the log in module, and following the instructions, a new password will be sent to your email.

How can I define project requirements in SundaHus Material Data?

Project requirements can be defined using SundaHus criteria. These should then be stated in the project's environmental program, in order to inform project participants of the environmental goals set for the project. For example, a project environmental program could state: A and B products are OK to choose, but C+, C- and D products need to be approved by the project manager before use.

Project requirements vary from project to project and they are defined by the project client.

Project requirements can also be defined with respect to other systems, such as building certification schemes, blacklists etc. A function called "Surveillance lists" is then used to display symbols on the products that do or do not comply.

How do I gain access to projects in SundaHus Material Data?

The licensee (often the project client) makes it possible for project participants to get free SundaHus accounts. Log in information is sent to all project participants responsible for registering products in the project.

Which products are approved for use in the project?

The project client decides on the environmental requirements for the products and therefore is also responsible for the approval process. Contact the project client if unsure on what environmental requirements apply for the project. 

What do I do if a product I would like to use is missing in SundaHus Material Data?

Several possible actions can be taken when products are missing in SundaHus Material Data.

  1. In some cases the project client will accept costs for assessments, in which case you can order assessments under "Order" in SundaHus Material Data.
  2. If you want to pay for the assessment yourself, then place your order under "Order" and enter your billing information.
  3. It is also possible to ask the supplier to order an assessment of the product. Contact the supplier and ask if they would be willing to order an assessment.
  4. You can also choose to verify that the product you intend to use satisfies the project client's environmental requirements.
What type of licences do you offer?

We have several types of licenses designed for different needs. More information on our different license forms clients, consultants, architects or contractors can be found here.

For suppliers, information on licenses can be found here.

What is SundaHus Material Data?

No one wishes to incorporate hazardous substances into buildings, even if it is not entirely possible to avoid. We offer a web-based system that can be used as a tool for property owners to ensure that environmentally conscious material choices are made and that work on phasing out hazardous substances is done in a systematic way.

What does SundaHus mean by "environmentally concious material choices"?

This mainly has to do with two things - i) being able to avoid hazardous substances and ii) the documentation of all product choices - good or bad from an environmental perspective.

There are many aspects that need to be considered when selecting products, such as, function, quality, price, energy and aesthetics. Because of this, it is not always possible to avoid products with hazardous substances. This makes the documentation of all product choices very important for future records. In addition, what is considered "harmless" today might be reclassified as hazardous tomorrow as research progressively brings new knowledge into this field.

By creating a sound documentation of the substances and materials, we can create an opportunity for monitoring the contents of a building over time.

Who are SundaHus customers?

SundaHus customers are primarily long-term property owners. We have customers all over Sweden, both in the public and private sectors. We see a steady increase in customers who intend to seek customized solutions and a competent partner. Customers often have high aspirations, but above all, they aim at conducting efficient and systematic work.

How can SundaHus Material Data contribute to an effective approach?

SundaHus Material Data contains unique features that enable customers to work effectively and result-oriented with environmentally conscious material choices. One example is our popular project report that is used to set up and follow up goals. The system can interact with BIM and property management systems, which further expands what opportunities SundaHus can be applied for.

What is required for a successful environmentally concious approach?

Obviously, customer engagement is a key factor. SundaHus helps with a well-developed methodology, training, consulting, customer support and many other features that allow customers to reach their goals.

Why should property owners choose SundaHus?

We care about our customers and give them full support in order to be successful with environmentally conscious material choices. With our expertise in chemistry, environmental issues and system development, we offer much more than just assessments! For example, each project is assigned a SundaHus contact person who holds courses for project participants and supports the client during the project. The high professionalism of the company in combination with a well-established methodology and a well-developed system allows us to provide customers with full support in their environmental work in construction projects.

Documents

SundaHus Material Data - Assessment Criteria

The assessment criteria for SundaHus Material Data are described in this document.

Terms and conditions - Assessments of products

These terms and conditions apply for the assessment of products in SundaHus Material Data.

SundaHus Material Data - Checklist for products

This document describes the information requirements for SundaHus Material Data assessments.

SundaHus Material Data - Symbols Explanation

This document describes the symbols used for the presentation of assessments in SundaHus Material Data.

SundaHus certificate for PVC

To demonstrate compliance with SundaHus requirements for PVC, this document should be filled in and sent together with its appendixes to docs@sundahus.se. Appendixes attached and signed on the supplier's own templates will also acceptable.

SundaHus declaration template for product information and environmental assessments (English)

This is a template for filling in environmental and other information on products in English. The document forms a good basis for environmental assessments.

SundaHus declaration template for product information and environmental assessments (Swedish)

This is a template for filling in environmental and other information on products in Swedish. The document forms a good basis for environmental assessments.

SundaHus Material Data 6.1.3

The assessment criteria for SundaHus Material Data are described in this document.

SundaHus certificate on residual monomer content for acrylonitrile, butadiene and propylene oxide

A certificate that can be filled to show that the residual monomer contents in polymers do not exceed the following limits: > 15 ppm for acrylonitrile > 2 ppm for butadiene > 5 ppm for propylene oxide

SundaHus declaration template for corporate social responsibility (CSR)

Information on the company's CSR activities can be filled in this Document.