EPD describes the environmental impact of a product over its entire life cycle
EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is a declaration verified by a third party that objectively describes the life cycle environmental impact of a product. It is an important practical tool for making decisions supporting sustainable development. With the help of the EPD, construction companies, builders and designers can compare the environmental impacts of two products performing the same function, all the way from manufacturing to end-of-life recycling.
The product-specific declaration describes for our customers and stakeholders the environmental impact and resource use of our products all the way from the procurement of raw materials and components to their transportation to our factory, assembly into the finished product, and delivery to the end customer. It also takes into account the disassembly, transportation, and disposal of the product as well as the reuse, utilisation, and recycling of the raw materials at the end of the product’s service life.
EPD is based on a life cycle assessment
The EPD is an optional Type III Environmental Declaration that is based on a life cycle assessment (LCA). Life cycle assessments describe the life cycle environmental impact of Gebwell products in accordance with the EN 15804 standard. The results are published in accordance with Building Information Foundation RTS sr’s RTS-PCR protocol. The quality requirements for life cycle assessments have been set in accordance with the EN ISO 14044 (22.214.171.124) and EN 15804 (6.3.7) standards. The EPD for the Gebwell Taurus heat pumps has been verified by Nordic Offset Oy and approved by Building Information Foundation RTS sr, and it will be valid for five years from the date of verification.
To achieve a cleaner future, we need to work together – one solution at a time
As we have said before, we cannot change the world alone or by words only. But when we work together, anything is possible. We need all hands on deck to achieve the goal of being carbon neutral by 2035, and reaching that goal can be influenced by the choices we make. The construction and building services sector is aware of the need to make sustainable choices. Forerunners in the field are already considering the carbon dioxide emissions and other adverse environmental impacts related to the entire life cycle of a building and make choices accordingly. The life cycle environmental impact of a product is an important criterion when choosing construction materials and services. Verified environmental product declarations can also be used to help calculate the carbon footprints of buildings and properties in terms of the materials used.
Gebwell’s property-class Taurus EVI and Taurus Inverter Pro heat pumps now have EPDs:
EPDs award extra points in BREEAM and LEED assessments
EPDs can award extra points in the BREEAM and LEED assessments of buildings, as they provide important information on the environmental impact of the materials and products used in construction. Both systems, the BREEAM and the LEED, encourage construction professionals to take environmental considerations into account in the design and construction of buildings, and they have contributed to sustainable construction worldwide.
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) is a British environmental classification system widely used in Europe to assess the sustainability of buildings.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a building standard developed in the United States that assesses the environmental friendliness of buildings. In the LEED assessment, the environmental impact of a building is assessed and, based on the certification, its environmental friendliness is determined.
Why do we want to issue EPDs for our products?
- As a company, we are committed to the goal of reducing our carbon footprint in all our operations.
- We want to show that we not only manufacture equipment for the environmentally friendly heating and cooling of buildings, but we are also in other ways committed to environmental management and minimising the impact of manufacture on the environment.
- Environmentally conscious consumers and businesses are looking for environmentally friendly products, so by creating EPDs for our products, we contribute to making comparisons effortless.
- Well-informed public and private operators may already require EPDs for the products they procure in order to ensure that the products meet their environmental requirements.
- EPD provides us with important information on the life cycle environmental impact of our products, helping us design even more environmentally friendly and responsible products.
For more information:
Petrus Monni, +358 400 897 484