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Vahle A/S

At Vahle, we strive to expand the architectural possibilities of the door and preserve true craftsmanship. A Vahle Door is a sustainable wooden product that we create by combining craftsmanship, function and design.

Vahle has been manufacturing specialty doors since 1976. All doors are made to order and we design to customer specifications in the sizes needed and with fire, sound and security functionality.

All door production from wood to door takes place at our factory in Mørke, Djursland.

True craftsmanship with infill doors that preserve history and smooth doors that create history

Our ambition is to produce doors with aesthetic comfort while respecting good craftsmanship, innovative functionality and a beautiful appearance.

The good craftsmanship

We have a long tradition of producing wooden doors at our factory in Mørke, Djursland. Skilled hands and innovative eyes create a sustainable product by combining craftsmanship, function and design.

At Vahle, we have high standards for the craftsmanship we deliver. We treat every piece of wood as an important unit in the door’s overall whole. Every part of the door is created with great care.

A door that gives quality of life

Our ambition is to make doors an architectural centerpiece, helping to create spaces that are functional, full of life and enjoyable to be in. We work closely with architects, builders, suppliers and craftsmen to make this a reality.

We care about the high quality of the door because we care about the good life. That’s why we work with a fundamental respect for our shared history, for the environment, for craftsmanship, for our employees and for the world around us.

When you choose a Vahle door, you choose a door for and to the good life. Because quality in the door – and in life – are choices you need to make carefully.

Doors made from scratch in a factory north of Aarhus

We manufacture our doors at our factory in Mørke in Syddjursland outside Aarhus. The workshop’s employees have a wide range of skills and experience. Their skills and commitment are the foundation of the company.

In production, we control all processes from start to finish. Many of the employees have been with Vahle for more than ten years. It’s their wise eyes and hands that provide the good quality and ensure your satisfaction in using the door.

History of the company

For decades, Vahle has been making unique interior doors. Vahle Døre & Vinduer was founded in 1976 by Svend Vahle Hansen as a carpentry company, which later became Vahle A/S when Ole Mølby bought the company in 2010.

When functional doors with fire and sound requirements came on the market in the 1980s, Svend Vahle Hansen saw how manufacturers compromised on craftsmanship to meet the new requirements. He decided to do something about the lack of quality. It was the beginning of what characterizes Vahle’s fundamental foundation, that function and craftsmanship are equal elements in door design.

Classic and modern doors

From 1990, the company’s focus was the production of replica doors for historic and preservation buildings. In 2013, Vahle received a fire approval for smooth doors, which was the starting point for producing modern doors as well. Today, Vahle supplies doors for both historic and modern architecture. Modern doors really took off with pinned doors in the renowned Tietgenkollegium and the custom-designed doors in the new BESTSELLER headquarters.

Sustainability

CO2 neutral wooden doors

We are committed to ensuring that our doors are produced in aCO2-neutral way. We are well on our way to reducing our climate impact even further, so we can achieve climate neutrality on doors delivered from the factory based on calculations we have made in connection with being one of the first in Denmark to participate in Climate Ready Manufacturing.

We produce doors in Scandinavian pine, German oak, Danish beech and African mahogany. Wood storesCO2 and therefore does not emit newCO2. We primarily use unprocessed wood, which maximizesCO2 sequestration in the finished product. The primary load in production comes from our electricity and heat consumption. As early as 2023, we will switch to 100% green electricity and heat production will come from district heating, which is primarily fired with straw.

 

Minimal waste

We optimize the use of the wood we have in stock so that we discard as little wood as possible. One of the benefits of using solid wood is that we can almost always reuse the wood if a failure occurs, minimizing waste. The excess wood is used for heating. This way, we reuse the leftovers in a new function, unlike other materials that end up as waste.

Quality is sustainable

Vahle’s approach to sustainability is based on the idea that quality craftsmanship and durability are sustainable. With Vahle doors, your interior doors will last for many years. This way you avoid buying new doors. And the door can usually be repaired if damaged, so you don’t have to replace the entire door.

 

Reduced electricity consumption

At Vahle, we are committed to reducing electricity consumption so that our facilities have as little impact on the climate as possible.

Compared to 2020, we have reduced our consumption by 25% in the past year, despite increasing production, which requires more electricity.

The production houses efficient machinery, LED lighting and efficient compressed air. The heating of the facilities is based on district heating (wood chips/wood).

FSC® certified

We have chosen to become FSC certified because we want to ensure that the wood we use comes from responsibly managed forests.

This means that we can now deliver all our infill doors and a large part of our other interior doors FSC-certified on request.

FSC is an international non-governmental organization that works to promote environmentally, socially and economically sustainable use of the world’s forests.

SEE OUR CERTIFICATE HERE

To learn more, visit www.fsc.dk.

 

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EPD – the Environmental Product Declaration of our doors

As part of our goal and work to produce and deliver environmentally and climate responsible doors, we have documented the climate and environmental impact of our doors with product EPDs.

With our EPDs in place, we can now provide the data needed for construction parties and for sustainable construction such as DGNB. DGNB construction.

An EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is a product’s environmental product declaration, which documents the environmental properties of a construction product, is developed according to the to recognized European and international standards.

The basis for an EPD is a so-called Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), where the environmental properties of the product are mapped throughout its life cycle, known as “cradle to grave”.

What is an EPD?

An EPD documents the environmental and climate impact of a product on a wide range of indicators, from the tree growing in the forest to the door being either burned or recycled. The use phase, i.e. the period when the door is in a building, is not part of the accounting.

The calculation is based on all facets associated with door production and all parts of a door, from diesel to the logging machines, metal to hinges, the wood growing in the forest and transportation to the factory.

 

Our EPDs:

We have documentation on both unrated doors and rated sound and fire doors for approximately 90% of our interior doors, which include flush and smooth doors such as painted, unfinished and veneered.

The documentation covers doors in different thicknesses, fire rated (BD 30/BD60), sound rated (db35), unrated, with and without surface treatment. Calculations are per m2 of door. Please note that each individual EPD

Our EPDs are based on a complete, functional door as it leaves the factory: including frame, hinges, lock case, bottom step, sealing strips, etc.

The only interior doors that are not covered by our product EPDs are our glass doors. Here we have to refer to generic data that can be found by using LCA Byg’s calculation tool LCA Byg.

Download our EPD reports below or on EPD Denmark’swebsite.

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Climate-ready manufacturing company

Vahle is among the first production companies in Denmark to be declared a Climate Ready Production Company. We were one of the first in Denmark to participate in the program, which means that we have analyzed and documented Vahle’s total climate footprint for the company as a whole and made a plan for how to reduce the company’s climate impact.

The Climate Ready Production Company program supports the Climate Partnership for Production Companies’ ambitious goal of Denmark having the world’s first climate-neutral production industry and creating increased green exports, growth and employment in Denmark. Climate Ready Manufacturing is a collaboration between the Confederation of Danish Industry and the Danish Industry Foundation. The program is also carried out in collaboration with the Climate Partnership for Manufacturing and Global Compact Network Denmark.

Read more about our currentcarbon footprint and our reduction targets towards becomingcarbon neutral here as part of our sustainability work.

 

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We support the UN Global Compact

Vahle is committed to the ten internationally agreed principles of responsible business conduct and to contributing to the global community achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The UN Global Compact is an international network of companies and organizations. The network was established in 2000 by the then Secretary-General of the UN, Kofi Annan. The purpose was and is to create an international association of companies and organizations dedicated to future-oriented responsible business management. The UN Global Compact has defined ten concrete principles, the Ten Principles, which we as a company have committed to live by. The principles are divided into four main topics: human rights, labor rights, environment and anti-corruption.

Today, the network consists of more than 21,000 companies and organizations in 162 countries – including Denmark.

Read more about our and the JPS Marselis Group’s participation in the UN Global Compact

Board of Directors

Søren Chr. Madsen – Cand.merc. (Chairman)

Managing Director JPS Clemens A/S

Jan Rasmussen – Civil engineer

JPS Clemens A/S – Dansk Administrationscenter A/S

Peer Leth

Birgit Gjøl Nielsen

Cand.oecon.

Ole Mølby – Cand.merc.

Managing Director Vahle A/S

 

Today, the company is a limited company owned by Ole Mølby and JPS Marselis A/S. A professional board of directors is in place to ensure continuous development.

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