Fireman’s Fund Adds Green Coverage for Manufacturers

May 14, 2008

Fireman’s Fund’s made available a new green coverage endorsement for manufacturers that want to reduce water and energy use, and lower their overall carbon footprint. The company is offering insurance premium reward incentives to manufacturers that employ environmentally friendly initiatives, practices and products.

“Sustainable manufacturing practices are more profitable than traditional processes,” said John Armstrong, manufacturing product director, Fireman’s Fund. “In addition to more efficient energy and water usage, advanced technology improves production, reduces waste and lowers costs — which can translate into increases in net profits.”

Sustainability in manufacturing goes beyond a green building to the machinery and equipment that produces the raw material that goes into the product, the process of manufacturing, and the impact of the finished products on the environment.

Manufacturers that enforce green standards benefit from higher employee productivity, reduced absenteeism, improved product safety and lower energy bills. Sustainable businesses present fewer risks and are, therefore, better risks to insure, Fireman’s Fund says.

The new Manufacturers’ Green Coverage Endorsement provides green upgrade coverage and certified green building coverage. Product coverages include:

Green upgrade coverage – after a loss, this coverage replaces real and business personal property (including machinery and equipment) with green rated products and construction materials. LEED (www.usgbc.org), Green Globes (www.greenglobes.com), EnergyStar (www.energystar.gov), or SNAP (www.epa.gov/ozone/snap/).

In those instances where no green-rated equivalent exists, the coverage will replace damaged property with alternatives that use energy more efficiently, improve human health, or reduce toxic emissions.

Certified green building coverage – after a loss Fireman’s Fund will restore the building to its pre-loss LEED certification, or to one level higher than it was prior to the loss.

This new coverage will pay for the loss of business income, including the loss of public utility credits or reimbursements, resulting from the suspension of alternative power generating equipment, and extra expenses to purchase replacement power or water from a public utility while repairs are being made.

In addition, the following extensions of coverage will apply to both coverages:

Vegetated roof and heat island effect – trees, shrubs, plants and lawns used to dissipate the heat island effect of the property, including parking lots.

Professional design consulting – cost of hiring a LEED-accredited design consultant to participate in the redesign and reconstruction process.

Commissioning expense – cost of hiring a LEED-accredited engineer to make sure equipment and machinery is properly installed and working at optimum efficiency .

Certification fees – pays fees required to register as a certified green building.

Recycling additional expense – remove and recycle renewable debris rather than dumping in landfills.

Flush-out – reconstructed space with 100 percent outside air through new filtration

Green financial incentive – pays for the loss of favorable tax, utility, or loan rates (favorable discounts) which have accrued as a result of green upgrades.

Source: Fireman’s Fund, www.firemansfund.com.

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