Chicago—LEED v4 is here, and it’s changing how architects and designers consider and specify products. Specifically, environmental product declarations (EPDs) need a more critical eye than ever before. Gerflor USA, known for its high quality, high performing resilient commercial flooring, is making it easier with product-specific EPDs.
While most manufacturers continue to use industry EPDs, Gerflor is one of the first in commercial flooring to release product-specific EPDs for all of its product ranges, including: Mipolam, Taraflex, Taralay and Creation LVT. Product-specific EPDs will allow architects and designers to more quickly and efficiently earn a LEED v4 credit in the Materials & Resources category.
“Gerflor USA is committed to taking action to meet the most challenging requirements in terms of design, durability, easy installation, acoustics, comfort and of course, sustainability,” said Catherine del Vecchio, director of marketing for Gerflor USA. “We took quick and decisive action to develop and publish an EPD for each of our product ranges, as product-specific EPDs provide more specific and detailed information about the product’s lifecycle.”
Anderson, S.C.—The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for ceramic tile made in North America, certified by sustainability leader UL Environment, is now available for use by architects and specifiers seeking to satisfy green building project requirements, such as those set forth by LEED and Green Globes.
The 23-page report, downloadable at TCNAtile.com, is a comprehensive disclosure of the environmental impacts of North American-made ceramic tile. When using this certified EPD alongside other flooring products’ EPDs, ceramic tile has the lowest 60-year environmental impact per square foot (and per square meter) across all major impact categories: global warming, abiotic resource depletion, acidification, smog formation, eutrophication and ozone depletion.
“These are the most commonly referenced environmental impact categories relating to how the manufacture and use of a product will affect the well-being of humans and our environment,” said Bill Griese, the green initiative manager for Tile Council of North America (TCNA). “With the EPD in hand, building designers and owners can now make better informed product choices with respect to sustainability.”
Dallas—Dal-Tile said it recently completed the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) development process for all products manufactured in the company’s North American production facilities.
With third-party validation from PE International and certification by UL Environment, Dal-Tile is the first manufacturer in the ceramic tile category to voluntarily disclose cradle-to-grave impacts from its products—from Daltile, American Olean, Marazzi USA and Ragno brands—with UL Environment certified EPDs. Continue reading Dal-Tile gets first EPD for ceramic tile category
Dalton—Tandus Flooring is the first in its industry to publish EPDs for its ethos Modular and Powerbond ethos Cushion under the new Product Category Rules (PCRs) for flooring recently issued by NSF International. Developing and publishing EPDs demonstrates Tandus Flooring’s commitment to transparency, accountability and third party validation of environmental product claims, all consistent practices within company’s Infinity Initiative. Tandus Flooring currently is working on additional EPDs that could launch within coming weeks resulting in approximately 95% of the company’s US products having EPDs. Continue reading Tandus issues Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for ethos products
Upbeat attitude seen throughout exhibit halls
Hannover, Germany—While the world’s economy may not be what it was five years ago, there are numerous signs pointing to better days ahead. For the flooring industry, trade shows are a key indicator of what people expect for the coming year. So when a reported 45,000 people attended Domotex Hannover 2012, a 12% increase over last year, it had officials elated. Continue reading Domotex sees surge in growth
TORONTO—Despite the crowds not being as big as last year; despite the absence of a number of well-known flooring brands from the sold-out exhibition floor; despite much of the world continuing to struggle to climb out of the economic pit it has been in, the 10th annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo not only proved to be beneficial to those who participated, the event showed the green building movement remains strong throughout the world. Continue reading Greenbuild 2011: Green movement just as strong north of the border