CertainTeed Corporation is issuing the industry’s first series of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for ceilings solutions, offering third-party verification confirming the true sustainability of a product.
CertainTeed partnered with The Green Standard to develop four EPDs covering 19 product families, evaluating the products on issues such as production process impact, usage of raw materials and recycled content, packaging, health aspects and end of life impact. The Green Standard provides independent verification of the data in accordance with ISO 14025.
“With thorough evaluation and third party verification of our products, we are raising the bar for sustainable ceiling products,” said Dawn Chittick, director of marketing for CertainTeed Ceilings. “The EPDs provide transparent information about the environmental impact of our ceiling products, giving architects and designers the confidence that our products deliver on the promises we have made.”
EPDs provide a valuable tool in understanding the likely environmental performance of a building. Additionally, the use of EPDs greatly reduces confusion about technical information by providing a standardized format for communication of all impacts of a product or service – economic, environmental, human health, mechanical, safety and other attributes of the product type. EPDs are also useful in providing details required in specification documents as well as product information required in applications for certification in global green building systems.
“Environmental Production Declarations are important because they fill the gap for critically valuable information of the performance of individual products, adding to the performance of the whole building system,” said Deborah Dunning, founder of The Green Standard. “Both are needed to truly advance high performance buildings.”