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Superior Essex Communications Receives Top 10 Sustainable Product Award by BuildingGreen

For the past 17 years, BuildingGreen has selected ten green building products that significantly improve upon standard “business-as-usual” practices. These products reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, improve product life cycles, and can even have a net-positive impact on society and the environment.
This year’s BuildingGreen winners:

Superior Essex Red List-Free Communication Cable

Most wiring is coated with PVC and supplies alternating current (AC) to our buildings and equipment. Connecting to controls requires additional wiring. But digital products, such as LED lighting, operate on direct current (DC). Using power-over-Ethernet (PoE) systems—such as those by Superior Essex—can optimize digital system performance by carrying both low-voltage direct current and data.

Superior Essex Category 6+ Low Smoke, Halogen Free (LSHF) cable was the first cable to earn an ILFI Living Product Challenge certification, which means it contains no PVC or Red List chemicals and meets a number of strict environmental and social criteria. Living Products are intended to have a positive impact on our environment and society rather than just being “less bad.” Superior Essex has also been a leader in material transparency initiatives, producing environmental product declarations (EPDs), ILFI Declare Red List Free labels, and Health Product Declarations (HPDs) for many of its products, including one of the first third-party-verified HPDs.

Superior Essex Red List Free products are manufactured in a zero-waste-to-landfill facility and include:

  • Cat 6 with FEP Jacket (CMP)
  • Cat 6 LSHF (CMR)
  • PowerWise LSHF (CMR)
  • Cat 5e with FEP Jacket
  • Cat 6A with FEP jacket

Superior Essex’s CAT 5e, 6, an 6A cables can provide up to 100 watts of power while connecting devices on one network. With no AC-to-DC conversions, systems such as LED lighting can run more efficiently with fewer problems than if connected to AC. These PoE cables help improve communications, security, and efficiency, and because of their low voltage, they are safe to handle and easier to install than AC systems.

About Superior Essex Communications

Superior Essex Communications is the leading manufacturer and supplier of communications cable in North America. It is on the forefront of innovation through Power over Ethernet, Intelligent Buildings and Cities, 5G Fiber infrastructure including Hybrid and Composite solutions, as well as technological advancements being made at its Product Development Center. Superior Essex Communications is also setting the pace on sustainability by being the first and only company with a Zero Waste to Landfill Certification at its Hoisington (KS) plant; the first wire and cable producer to contribute points to LEED certification, and the first to offer verified sustainable cables in over 50 products. Superior Essex Communications is Everywhere You Live and Work®. Additional information is available at

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