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Award-winning product designer David Trubridge and thinkstep are first to register an EPD in the new Australasian Programme


Internationally renowned product designer David Trubridge and sustainability expert thinkstep have announced the registration of the first Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) under the Australasian EPD® Programme.

EPDs are verified documents that provide information about the environmental footprint of a product. They are developed according to international standards, third-party verified and earn points under green building rating systems such as Green Star (Australia), LEED (USA) and BREEAM (UK).

“Having top New Zealand designer David Trubridge and thinkstep to kick off EPD registrations is fantastic”, comments Bryan King, spokesperson of the recently launched Australasian EPD® Programme.
“It’s a great credit to our brand that we were the first to register an EPD under the new Australasian Programme and within the same month won the Red Dot Award for two of our environmentally conscious lighting designs,” says David Trubridge. The Red Dot award is one of the most prestigious design awards in the world.

Although EPDs have become a standard part of decision-making elsewhere in the world they are relatively new to New Zealand and Australia. “EPDs are often perceived as an expensive tool only for larger manufacturers. thinkstep’s efficient tools and processes now enable SMEs like David Trubridge to succeed in the rapidly growing green building market worldwide,” says Barbara Nebel, Managing Director of thinkstep. According to the Green Building Market Report 2014, over 50% of Australian and New Zealand architects attribute sales growth to their involvement in green building.

“After re-designing our leading lighting designs to be kitset to minimise our footprint, the logical next step was to communicate our environmental credentials through an EPD,” says David. The EPD was produced and registered in less than 3 months so that it could be used for marketing at the recent Milan Design Week.

Find out how thinkstep can help with your EPD requirements  find out more

David Trubridge Ltd: Ben Pearce 06 6500 204
thinkstep Ltd: Matthias Nebel 04 889 2580


Photo: David Trubridge and Peter Tang from David Trubridge celebrate their first EPD together with Barbara Nebel from thinkstep
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About David Trubridge

New Zealand based David Trubridge is one of the world’s preeminent designers and manufacturers of premium furniture, lighting and accessories. David Trubridge Ltd was formed in 1995. It is founded on environmental integrity which informs all aspects of design and production.

In 2015 the company received two Red Dot Awards, one of the internationally most prestigious recognitions, for its Nikau and Snowflake kitset lightshades. David Trubridge also holds the John Britten Award - New Zealand’s highest design recognition, 11 x ‘Best Awards’ as well as many international awards.

Countless international publications have featured Trubridge’s work, which ultimately launched the 'raw sophistication' design trend. In 2008, the French magazine Express listed him as one of the top 15 designers in the world, and in 2012 the Pompidou Centre in Paris purchased his 'Icarus' installation for its permanent collection. The company has worked with Cappellini Italy, Bleux Australia, Hemptech, Cloudy Bay, Brancott Estate, Tsar Carpets Melbourne, Swarovski Crystal, Westfield Los Angeles, and Bombay Sapphire NZ.

David Trubridge and his team of 23 staff design and manufacture all products in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand.

About thinkstep
thinkstep - formally known as PE INTERNATIONAL - is the global leader in sustainability performance management, helping businesses around the globe to succeed sustainably. thinkstep’s professional services are based on over 20 years of experience in every major sector. Their robust and easy-to-use product and corporate sustainability software solutions are available on-demand or as part of a configurable solution. thinkstep’s services draw on more than 7,000 datasets covering the full life cycle of materials and products from around the world, enabling precise sustainability calculations across all parts of the supply chain.
These three qualities – data, software and services – enable thinkstep to provide sustainability as a service to 2,500 companies – including 40% of the Fortune Global 500 – academic institutions, governments and associations. Clients in Australasia include Fletcher Building, Villa Maria, New Zealand Wine, Meridian, David Trubridge, BlueScope Steel, OneSteel, Lend Lease, Bega Cheese and Dairy Australia.
PE INTERNATIONAL announced its new brand name thinkstep in March 2015.

About The Australasian EPD® Programme
The Australasian EPD® Programme provides a trans-Tasman platform for communicating credible environmental information. The Australasian EPD® Programme is aligned with its partner organisation, the International EPD® System, to provide a harmonised and efficient platform for global EPD development and communication. The Australasian EPD® Programme is a strategic joint venture of the Life Cycle Association of New Zealand and the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society.

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
An EPD is a standardised and verified way of quantifying the environmental impacts of a product based on a consistent set of rules that have been developed through a stakeholder consultation process. It contains information on the material composition of the product, the product’s carbon footprint and other environmental indicators.