What impact does a product actually have on the environment? This and other questions can be answered in an “environmental product declaration". Environmental product declarations (EPD) are documents that quantify the environmental properties of a product over its entire life cycle. For this purpose, an EPD is based on the method of Life Cycle Assessment (see the box further down).
An EPD contains, in a few pages the ecological characteristics of a product over its full life cycle. An EPD can be drawn on as an environmental information system based on indicators for the basic requirements made on constructions in relation to environmental protection and sustainability in the context of the construction products regulation. The contents of the EPD are defined by the ISO 14040 and ISO 14025 international standards which means that similar products are comparable in terms of their ecological indicators. Before approval and publication, an EPD is validated by an independent expert to ensure the accuracy of the document's contents and therefore its credibility. Technical aspects, proofs and tests, such as emission behaviour and fire protection, are documented as well.
In the context of green building, EPDs are a crucial requirement for building certification (such as BREEAM), because they provide credible, comparable information inspected by independent experts about the environment performance of products.
UZIN have several products which have Environmental Product Declarations. All EPDs, and other information about this topic, can be found here.