Building Products & Furnishings

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Entities in the Building Products & Furnishings industry design and manufacture home improvement products, home and office furnishings, and structural wood building materials. The industry’s products include flooring, ceiling tiles, home and office furniture and fixtures, wood trusses, plywood, panelling and lumber. Entities typically sell their products through distribution channels to retail stores or through independent or entity-owned dealerships.

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Disclosure Topics (Industry specific) for: Building Products & Furnishings

Energy Management
  • Energy Management in Manufacturing

    The Building Products & Furnishings industry creates value through energy-intensive manufacturing processes. Purchased electricity represents the largest share of energy consumption across the industry, while entities also may use fossil fuel energy on-site. The price of conventional grid electricity and volatility of fossil fuel prices may increase because of evolving climate change regulations and new incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy, among other factors, while alternative energy sources become more cost-competitive. Decisions regarding energy sourcing and type, as well as the use of alternative energy, can create trade-offs related to the energy supply’s cost and reliability for operations. Since the industry operates on relatively narrow profit margins, reductions in energy consumption may have a significant influence on financial performance. The way an entity manages energy efficiency, its reliance on different types of energy and their associated sustainability risks, and access alternative energy sources are likely to impact financial performance.
Product Quality & Safety
  • Management of Chemicals in Products

    The Building Products & Furnishings industry’s products can contain substances that may harm human health, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and potential reproductive toxins, carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. In general, products contain these substances at low concentrations, if at all, and therefore are not expected to pose a health concern. Nonetheless, entities may be exposed to potentially significant regulatory and reputational risk associated with the use of substances of concern. Actual or perceived human health risks create the potential for future regulation of product chemical content and possible reputational consequences for entities, which can significantly affect demand for products. The industry has engaged in voluntary efforts to eliminate such potentially harmful chemicals from products and use alternative materials. The adoption of building certification standards, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system, has stimulated demand for products with reduced harmful chemical content. Entities that effectively manage harmful chemicals in their products may cultivate a long-term competitive advantage by increasing demand, reducing regulatory risk and improving brand value.
Product Design & Lifecycle Management
  • Product Lifecycle Environmental Impacts

    Depending on the specific building product or furnishing, significant environmental impacts can arise during raw material sourcing, transportation, manufacturing, use-phase or end-of-life. Increasing consumer and regulatory preference for less impactful products has spawned the development of more sustainable products, broadly termed ‘green building materials’. In addition, product lifecycle certification has arisen as a tool for entities and their customers to assess and improve a product’s lifecycle impact. Certification programmes typically examine specific sustainability characteristics of a product category and include the use of closed-loop materials that minimise a product’s end-of-life environmental impacts and reduce the need for extracting or producing virgin materials. Through product innovation and design that facilitates end-of-life product recovery and the use of less impactful materials, the adoption of product certification programmes, and partnerships with customers, manufacturers of building products can improve lifecycle impacts, reduce regulatory risk, meet growing customer demand and realise cost savings.
Supply Chain Management
  • Wood Supply Chain Management

    The Building Products & Furnishings industry uses large amounts of wood sourced from forests worldwide. Unsustainable production and timber harvesting can result in adverse environmental and social impacts, including biodiversity loss and harm to the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities. Entities inadvertently may source wood from areas susceptible to unsustainable forestry practices. Reports of illegal logging, environmental pollution or adverse impacts on communities can result in reputational repercussions that can damage an entity’s brand value, affecting demand for their products. In addition, regulations banning the importation of illegally produced wood can result in supply constraints, penalties and further damage to brand value. To mitigate these risks, entities increasingly are adopting third-party certifications verifying wood is grown and harvested in a sustainable manner. Obtaining wood sourcing certifications also can provide entities with a potential growth channel because they can satisfy customer demand for certified products.

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