ROCKPANEL receives European Environmental Product Declaration
ROCKPANEL is the first cladding manufacturer to receive certification from the BRE complying with EN 15804, an environmental norm for construction products and systems. The EPD allows manufacturers to reduce cost, complexity and environmental impact, architects to compare competing materials from an environmental perspective and contractors and building owners to comply with government rules.
BRE Global officially handed over the European Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certificate to ROCKPANEL at a conference in Watford. The verification is based on product data collection and a Life Cycle Assessment at ROCKPANEL by BRE Global.
“When BRE Global launched the European EPD program we immediately confirmed our participation. Since we have a proven track record in being at the forefront of sustainability industry developments it is a great honour for us to take the lead in this important initiative. We believe this European EPD will bring uniformity and reduce the complexity for our main stakeholders in the European building industry”, according to John Relou, Sustainability Officer at ROCKPANEL.
Driven by the European Commission’s objective to add a sustainability dimension to construction works, BRE Global is well underway with the individual environmental, social and financial norms for this construction framework. The aim is to remove country and protectionist barriers for the building industry in Europe.
Victoria Blake, BRE’s Associate Director of Sustainable Products said; “ROCKPANEL’s verified EN 15804 EPD illustrates that they firmly believe in sustainability and reducing the environmental impact of their manufacturing. They can now positively distinguish their products from the competition across Europe”.
Important criteria: growing demand and sustainability
ROCKPANEL recognizes a growing requirement from architects and contractors to use sustainable materials in facade design.
This fits perfectly with both new build and renovation projects for which energy and aesthetic aspects are important. ROCKPANEL has a long term relationship with the BRE, originating within the Environmental Profiles scheme. Already in 2010 the BRE acknow- ledged that ROCKPANEL’s low maintenance façade panels meet the highest A+ and A environmental performance ratings for the installed product.
For an increasing percentage of building projects material choices are based on sustainability. This certification by BRE Global establishes ROCKPANEL as an independently recognized sustainable choice. Based on this long term relationship ROCKPANEL became one of the early adopters when the BRE launched the new scheme in accordance with the EN 15804 standard.
About BRE / BRE Global
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BRE Global Limited (incorporating LPCB & BREEAM) is an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services to an international market. BRE Global’s product testing and approvals are carried out by recognised experts in our world renowned testing laboratories. BRE Global Limited is custodian of a number of world leading brands including:
- LPCB for the approval of fire and security products and services, listed in the Red Books.
- BREEAM the world’s leading environmental assessment method for buildings, sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de-facto measure of a building’s environmental performance.