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Article Date: 26th February 2016

Kingspan Publishes Independently Verified EPDs

Verified EPDs - Environmental Product Declarations - Raised Access Floors

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Kingspan has further highlighted its global leadership and commitment to environmental issues by publishing independently verified Environmental Product Declarations - enabling customers to see how its product ranges affect the environment throughout their life cycle.

Kingspan has published 11 EPDs featuring all its main product ranges. The EPDs cover a wide range of aspects ‘from cradle to the factory gate’, including extraction of raw materials, production and packaging. They also contain information about a product’s impact on global warming, the ozone layer, water pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Kingspan Access Floors Commercial Director Rachel Mumford said: “Gaining these EPDs highlights our continued commitment to environmental issues and to supplying transparent information to our customers. There is an increasing requirement from architects, contractors, developers and end users for detailed information about the sustainable qualities and environmental impacts of our products, and the EPDs provide all the information they need.”

“The EPDs also mean that Kingspan complies with the RICS SKA environmental assessment rating, and this is another increasingly important requirement from our customers. Furthermore the EPDs will help customers to meet LEED and BREEAM standards,” she added.

The Life Cycle Assessments for Kingspan’s EPDs were carried out by Chris Foster of sustainability consultants Eugeos and were independently verified in accordance with ISO 14025 and EN 15804 by Ugo Pretato of Studio Fieschi & Soci, of Italy. The EPDs have been published on the Environdec website at http://environdec.com/en/EPD-Search/?query=Kingspan

Background: What is an EPD?

An EPD is a verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life cycle environmental impact of a product. The International EPD System is a global programme for environmental declarations based on ISO 14025 and EN 15804.

An important aspect of an EPD is to provide the basis of a fair comparison of products and services by its environmental performance. EPDs can reflect the continuous environmental improvement of products and services over time and are able to communicate and add up relevant environmental information along a product's supply chain.

Product Category Rules (PCR) define the rules and requirements for EPDs of a certain product category. They are a key part of ISO 14025 as they enable transparency and comparability between EPDs.

There are five steps to follow in order to create, register and publish an EPD:

  1. Find or develop relevant Product Category Rules (PCR)
  2. Perform Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  3. Compile information in the EPD
  4. Verification of the LCA and EPD
  5. Register and publish the EPD
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