Sustainability and Steel Buildings
What Is ISO 14001?
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 14001 is a standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) that applies to all businesses, regardless of size, location or income. The standard aims to continually reduce the environmental footprint of a business and to decrease the pollution and waste a business produces. The most recent version of ISO 14001 was released in 2004 by the ISO, which has representation from committees all over the world.
Green Building Is Serious Business
As an active member of the MBMA Energy Committee, American Buildings Company is was ahead of the curve concerning energy efficient buildings. A manufacturer’s ability to design and produce buildings meeting energy criteria could well shape the future of that company and its Builders. As part of our Green Building initiative and to assist building owners in acheiving LEED® points, ABC offers energy efficient systems such as daylighting with prismatic skylights and insulated metal panels.
As an ISO 14001 certified manufacturer, American Buildings Company is dedicated to protecting our environment and reducing waste. Every ABC teammate is responsible for environmental protection. We also require contractors, vendors and suppliers to comply with applicable environmental laws.
Achieving ISO 14001 is a Rigorous Process
A company saying it is committed to environmental and sustainable concepts is one thing. Achieving ISO 14001 certification it is quite another. ABC is committed to an effective environmental policy that helps us manage and reduce our impact on the world around us. That's why we are proud to announce that all ABC divisions have achieved ISO 14001 certification.
In order for an organization to be awarded an ISO 14001 certificate it must be externally audited by an accredited audit firm. For ABC, this rigorous, demanding process took a full year and included education and training for every team member. We invested more than 10,000 hours to ensure all four divisions would reach the goal. The process was challenging, to say the least, but an extremely worthwhile investment as it taught us how to better use resources and protect the environment.
Why Is ABC Committed To Environmental Management Systems?
Implementing Environmental Management Systems (EMS) yields both business and environmental benefits, including:
- Improved environmental performance
- Enhanced, sustainable compliance
- Prevention of pollution and conservation of resources
- Reduced risks
- Satisfied customer demand for EMS requirements
- Increased efficiency
- Reduced costs
- Enhanced employee morale
- Greater employee awareness of environmental issues and responsibilities
Keeping It Green
To continually improve the effectiveness of our Environmental Management System, ABC is:
- Pursuing pollution prevention and waste minimization opportunities
- Investigating and developing technologies and operations that improve environmental performance
- Regularly evaluating the Environmental Management System and making ongoing improvements