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The tenets of HABA's environmental policy:
- Environmental protection is an integral component of the HABA corporate family.
- The concept of protecting the environment pervades every function and day-to-day work at every company level.
- Environmental awareness is constantly promoted among their staff by means of training courses.
- HABA's suppliers are integrated into their corporate family's environmental policy.
- HABA actively invests a portion of their profits in the protection of the environment.
- HABA places a premium on and abide by the pertinent environmental legislation and regulations.
- Production processes have to be continually upgraded. They ascertain, evaluate and minimize the use of raw materials, emissions and waste volumes on an ongoing basis.
- They regularly provide their customers, the public and the appropriate authorities with information on the environmental pollution caused by the HABA corporate family and on the work they do for the environment.
Combined Heat and Power Unit
Two combined heat and power units (CHPs) generate the thermal energy needed to heat their buildings. The CHPs provide warmth with an efficiency of over 70 percent and use 30 percent of all exhaust and radiant heat. They can also meet almost 20 percent of their need for electricity with the CHPs.
The roof of one of HABA's factories is covered with a 300 m2 photovoltaic facility (power rating 23 kWp) that generates 18,800 kWh of electricity annually. In spring of 2008, another facility on the roof of the new HABA warehouse will go online. With modules covering an area of 4656 m2 and a capacity of 470 kWp, it is one of the largest photovoltaic facilities in Upper Franconia. It will generate around 450,000 kWh of electricity annually (corresponds to the power consumption of 125 single family houses).
Recycling Scrap Wood
A total of 2,900 tons of wood scraps are used to generate energy in their heating system per year, another 1,300 is sold as raw material to regional customers. They also process wood scrap in a finger-jointing machine that produces raw material for table tops. All buildings are heated using biomass energy - without the need for fossil fuels.
Ground Source Heat Exchange System
The newly constructed Brauhof building is heated and cooled with a ground source heat exchange system that protects the environment and produces no emissions: External air is drawn through a 5-km-long system of pipes buried 4 meters in the ground, then used to cool the rooms in summer by about 4 degrees. In winter, this facility allows us to save about 20 percent on fuel.
HABA's factories are below the legally defined limit for dust emission. They use a cutting-edge filter system that filters fine dust particles out of the air with electrostatic energy.
HABA also collects rain and well water in six cisterns (volume 800 m3) that is used for sanitary facilities, for watering needs, or to regulate the temperature of offices.
To protect the environment, they only use environmentally-friendly, water-based stains and finishes on their wooden toys.
Use of Materials
The synergistic effects within the corporate family as a whole significantly contribute to the careful use of resources in production: it allows HABA to optimize the use of wood, or, to put it simply: large pieces of wood become Wehrfritz furniture, small pieces turn into HABA toys.
Cardboard boxes are reused for transport to avoid waste and save on raw materials.
The area around the company headquarters, such as the open spaces and facades, are designed to blend in with the natural surroundings. Their parking lot is not sealed with asphalt, has an environmentally-friendly surface and is home to a number of plants and trees.
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