LCA and EPD of Building Products
Skanska Czech Republic completes LCA & EPD for asphalt mixtures The Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) and Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) analyses of asphalt mixtures quantifies the environmental benefits of using asphalt mixtures with recycled materials compared with conventional asphalt.
They calculate that Skanska’s asphalt with a maximum of 18% recycled asphalt reduces the global warming potential of the asphalt by around 13%. For more information contact Ivana Janickova - ivana.ja...@skanska.cz
Skanska received the Environmental Product Declaration on the building envelope Corso Court in Prague's Karlin. EPD is verified by an independent third party, and therefore we have permission to publish it publicly.
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What EPD actually is?
Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declaration is the path to sustainable construction industry. A product that receives EPD may not be “greener” than a competing product. The purpose of EPD is to provide accurate information on how large the potential environmental impacts of the production, distribution, or possibly use or removal of the product are.
By including LCA and EPD in company policy the sustainable development of the company becomes a conceptual and ceases to be a mere tool of marketing or Public Relations. Information on LCA and EPD is so far underused, but legitimate requirement of the market and customers for information on the impact of production on our environment... Like many of our generations have been accompanied by wood from the cradle to the coffin in the grave, the LCA process looks at the life of products .-) from the cradle to the grave.
What EPD actually is?
Environmental declaration type III according to ISO 14025 is a multi-page document in which environmental aspects and environmental impacts of certain product or service are listed and quantified with respect to its whole life cycle. This is a document providing information about the manufacturer, the product and also a set of values by which you can get an idea of how big the environmental impacts of the product are. The basis for the preparation of the Environmental Declaration III must be a LCA study (Life Cycle Assessment) prepared in accordance with EN ISO 14040 and EN ISO 14044.
How to read the life cycle?
Life cycle interpretation is used for summary presentation of findings like: what stage of the product life cycle is the main contributor to environmental impacts; when the greatest material and energy demand occurs...
What is EPD suitable for?
EPD is a document facilitating the choice of supplier whose product has e.g. lower carbon footprint or produces less waste or acidifying substances with regard to its life cycle.
Karel Fronk Ing.
Ved. oddělení Udržitelný rozvoj
Our buildings and establishments follow the measurable information about the impact of the product on the environment. Our priorities include strategies aimed at reducing energy, water and CO2 consumption. We also want to achieve a low share of landfilled waste. The objectives of our environmental strategy include reducing the impact of our activities on climate changes. We have been practicing and improving a tool for carbon footprint measurement for a long time. The EPD helps us on our journey and we think about its use for our own products across the company in the future.
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