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Gripple Fast Trak: Paving the Way for Sustainable Construction

In today's rapidly changing world, sustainability isn't just a buzzword; it's a critical factor in decision-making for architects, construction professionals, and anyone involved in the built environment. At Gripple, we understand the importance of helping construction professionals make sustainable choices with their building materials.

We are thrilled to announce that Gripple has produced and published verified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for our innovative Fast Trak trapeze bracket system, designed for building services. These EPDs are a game-changer, providing essential information for those looking to assess the long-term sustainability of products used in construction projects.

But why are EPDs so important, and how does the Fast Trak system contribute to sustainability in construction? Let's have a look at the details.

Understanding Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) 

EPDs are powerful tools for making informed choices about the products you use in construction. They provide a comprehensive overview of a product's environmental impact throughout its entire life cycle, including aspects like raw material sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, use, and disposal. EPDs also quantify a product's immediate Global Warming Potential (GWP) in kilograms of CO2 equivalent, which is crucial in the creation of sustainable buildings. 

As we know, buildings are responsible for a significant portion of global energy-related CO2 emissions, and Gripple is dedicated to raising awareness of the carbon savings that can be achieved by adopting innovative suspension systems like Fast Trak.

To download our range of EPDs please click here.

The Fast Trak System: Sustainability at Its Core 

Fast Trak is not just a trapeze bracket; it's a sustainable solution that can revolutionize the way we think about construction. This pre-fabricated bracket system is designed for the efficient, flexible, and safe installation of electrical containment, ductwork, pipework, and other mechanical services. 

One of the key benefits of Fast Trak is its speed and safety. It is up to six times quicker and significantly safer to install compared to traditional suspension systems, which can translate into substantial scheduling benefits for later project stages. With Fast Trak, brackets can be easily moved up and down the tracks to accommodate changes during installation, eliminating the need for hot works on-site. 

But the sustainability of Fast Trak doesn't stop there. The system is manufactured in the UK and delivered from a BREEAM Excellent manufacturing facility at Gripple's Norfolk Bridge Works in Sheffield. It reduces material usage when compared to threaded rod and channel, and it's supplied in recyclable packaging. Furthermore, our technical design support allows for precise quantities to be specified and supplied, reducing on-site waste. 

By switching to Gripple systems like Fast Trak, specifiers can have a significant impact on sustainability without needing to reinvent the wheel. The system reduces the need for bulky material deliveries, storage, and preparation, ultimately leading to less wastage. Deliveries can be made via courier rather than HGV, further reducing fuel consumption and minimizing local traffic issues.

Gripple's Commitment to Climate Positivity 

At Gripple, sustainability is at the heart of our products and our mission. We are proud to be the first manufacturer to offer EPDs for a complete trapeze bracket system. As part of our commitment to sustainability, we are working towards becoming climate positive. Our roadmap, titled 'Our Journey to Climate Positive 2021 Progress Report,' outlines our goals: achieving carbon neutrality for UK operations by 2022, global operations by 2023, and net zero carbon emissions by 2030. 

We understand that sustainability is not just an option; it's a necessity. Our commitment to providing environmentally friendly solutions, like the Fast Trak system with verified EPDs, reflects our dedication to a more sustainable future in construction. 

In conclusion, Gripple's Fast Trak system is not just a trapeze bracket; it's a sustainable choice that empowers architects, construction professionals, and specifiers to make environmentally conscious decisions. By opting for innovative solutions like Fast Trak, we can collectively reduce our carbon footprint and work towards a more sustainable construction industry. 

For more information on the Gripple Fast Track range and how it can support your sustainable construction projects, visit our product page here. 

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Why use Gripple?

  • Significant time and cost savings on your project
  • Complete, off-site solutions which minimise health and safety concerns
  • Innovative, patented solutions designed by an in-house team of engineers
  • Considerable reductions in packaging, vehicle movements & embodied CO2
  • A range of support services at every stage of your project, provided by a dedicated technical team
  • Aesthetically pleasing solutions; lightweight and virtually invisible