The LCA results for each of our products are published in Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which are verified by a third party and can be downloaded from the INIES database at www.environdec.com.
(for french versions, plase visit www.inies.fr.)
At Eurocoustic we are committed to the deployment of sustainable construction. We make a point of offering our clients products that ensure the comfort, safety and health of their buildings' users while at the same time helping reduce their environmental footprint.
See the dedicated brochure "The Eurocoustic approach to sustainable construction".
ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATIONS (EPD)
An EPD is characterized by three elements:
Functional unit: i.e. the unit of reference in an LCA. The functional unit expresses the impacts on a construction element throughout its typical service life. The typical service life of a Eurocoustic product is similar to that of a building (50 years).
Examples of functional units: 1 m², 1 kg, etc.
System boundaries: from cradle to gate OR cradle to grave.
Data origin: either the manufacturer (in which case the data is specific to its products and determined under its responsibility) or the trade union (for generic data based on the average values of manufacturers in the market).
Note that Environmental Product Declarations are valid for five years.
Benefits of an EPD:
EPD offer a number of advantages. For example, they are objective, qualitative and quantitative, and they are issued in a standardized template, unlike product labels, which are neither standardized nor exhaustive.
EPD are intended to help clients, designers and contractors:
Choose their materials.
Calculate the environmental impact of their project, based on the EPD of each product used in the project.
Obtain environmental certification for the building, given that the EPD can be used to win points according to each standard.
Some regulations and a shift in the market towards more sustainable buildings have encouraged the development of environmental certifications.
Having a certification is not mandatory. It’s a voluntary initiative taken by the building's owner in order to design a building that is more environmentally friendly and protects the health of its users.
Important: these certifications cover buildings only, not products.
The most widespread certifications are BREEAM® (UK), LEED® (US/Canada), NF HQE™ (France), VERDE® (Spain), CASBEE (Japan), DGNB (Germany) and Green Star (Australia).
Three certifications are used in France: NF HQE™, BREEAM® and LEED®.
LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a system for assessing the environmental quality of buildings developed by the US Green Building Council in the United States in 1998.
BREEAM® (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is a British certification standard developed by the Building Research Establishment in 1990.
NF HQE™ (Haute Qualité Environnementale) certification is an environmental management system developed by the HQE organization in France in 1997.
Please refer to our environmental brochure for more details on how our Eurocoustic ceilings contribute to the LEED®, BREEAM® and NF HQE® certification schemes.
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