Specified for performance, sustainability and choice
LEATHWAITE® Managing Director, Jon Moon, "A fabric first approach was adopted for the A Rated Low Energy Home, which is built using Insulating Concrete Formwork, a modern method of construction which creates a high performance building envelope that requires external cladding. Rockpanel was selected as one of the cladding materials due to its high performance characteristics. The contemporary design language benefited from the wide choices of Rockpanel finishes, with a combination of Colours and Woods. The durability, fire-rating and sustainable credentials all supported the choice of Rockpanel as a cladding solution.”
Commenting on the recent accolades garnered for their luxury, low energy new build, LEATHWAITE® said, “We are delighted to have won both the ‘Eco Living Award’ and ‘Best Boutique Development’ at latest Evening Standard New Homes Awards.”
LCA, EPD and our approach to sustainability
A good way to measure the environmental aspect of sustainability is by a tool called the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) The LCA monitors the impact of a product in its full life cycle: from manufacturing to the use phase and the end-of-life situation – where recycling possibilities are relevant. This makes it a very complete assessment. With a Life Cycle Analysis, you can make an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).
Our Rockpanel products have an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) according to the EN15804 issued by Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU). In addition, they have also been independently certified for their environmental performance by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), complying with all requirements identified in the scheme document SD028.
Rockpanel area manger, Rob Shirville, “BRE granted Rockpanel an Environmental Product Declaration acknowledging our Durable board material as amongst the best in its category, with A+ and A ratings for various structures. As an EPD is a standardised way of presenting the performance of a product, it makes it easier for architects to compare products on various indicators. The results of an EPD can be used in a building evaluation scheme such as LEED or BREEAM.”
We have developed our technology in a way that allows us to recycle our own products and also use waste from other industries during our production process. By reusing our own stone wool fibres and also upcycling secondary materials, we reduce both the amount waste going to landfills and the use of virgin raw materials. We’ve been doing this for over 25 years.