Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are a standardised way of providing data about the environmental impacts of a product through the product life cycle. In Europe, they must conform to the European Standard, EN 15804, which ensures that EPDs for construction products use a common methodology, report a common set of environmental indicators and have a common reporting format. This means that EPDs can be integrated into building level assessment, and used to compare construction products in a building context.
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In response to feedback from leading architects who specialise in low carbon buildings, we now have Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for our MEDITE MDF products which include an option for practical completion on site (Module A4-A5), as well as End of Life stage (Module C) and also Reuse, Recovery and Recycling potential beyond the system boundaries (Module D) in accordance with EN 15804 +A2, as well as “cradle to gate” data for Product stage (A1-A3).
As the realities of climate change are taking effect, the construction industry is realising that it is responsible for much of the planet’s human-made greenhouse gases. Some of these emissions come from a building’s operational phase, which has been well known and regulated for a long time. However, there is another critical link between construction and climate change that hasn’t been part of the sustainability conversation until recently, and that is embodied carbon. Embodied carbon is the carbon footprint of a building. It is calculated by accessing the carbon used during its build, during building maintenance and eventually when demolishing it, transporting the waste, and recycling it.
By providing you with transparent and independently verified data for our entire product range, we are once again leading the market by enabling specifiers to provide far greater accuracy in Whole Life Carbon calculations, when compared to providing only “cradle to gate” data for Product stage (A1-A3) only.