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Environmental product declaration for building projects

Environmental product declaration for building projects

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Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) have become increasingly important in the construction industry, due to both legislative initiatives from Public Administrations and public and private purchasing requirements

The AENOR's GlobalEPD Programme uses the European Standard UNE-EN 15804 Sustainability in construction. Environmental product declarations. Core rules for the product category of construction products, ​published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), for verification of EPD of construction products and services.

EPD are quoted in legal texts such as European Regulation 305/2011 on construction products, or Royal Decree 187/2011, regarding the establishment of green design requirements applicable to energy-related products, as transposed in Directive 2009/125/EC.

The GlobalEPD Declarations for certain products are registered in the General Register of the Technical Building Code (CTE) of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, such as environmental certifications for product life-cycle assessments.

EDP are assessed in schemes for the environmental certification of buildings, and are quoted in the European Commission's Green Public Procurement criteria.

Environmental declarations are a communication and transparency tool for building material manufacturers, which AENOR publishes in the GlobalEPD Programme.

The Technical Building Code is the regulatory framework that establishes the requirements that must be met by building with respect to basic safety and habitability needs in the Building Standards Law (LOE). The General Register of the Technical Building Code (CTE) allows the inclusion of environmental certifications, as indicated in article 2 The Organisation of Order VIV/1744/2008:

2. In the General Register of CTE, in accordance with the provisions in article 4 of the CTE, the following will be entered:

c.3 The environmental certifications analysing the life-cycle of products and other environmental evaluations of buildings.

This register included environmental certifications for the first time in September 20​15 the GlobalEPD declarations verified by AENOR for long steel products and cement.

In the private sector, EPD are recognised in building certification schemes that are widely disseminated, such as the American scheme LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design), the British scheme BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) or the Spanish scheme VERDE.

The information contained in the EPD is also used in the life-cycle analyses (LCA) of buildings that require these types of environmental seals.

The product category rules (PCR) used in construction in Europe are based on Standard EN 15804, developed in CEN/TC 350 on sustainable construction, which are developed in the Technical Standardisation Committee, corresponding to each family of products, or in Programmes such as GlobalEPD.

Several product families have developed their own PCR as a European Standard, such as:

  • EN 16485 for round and sawn timber

  • EN 16783​ for thermal insulation

  • EN 16908 for cement and building lime

  • ​​EN 16757​ for concrete and concrete components

The PCR developed by AENOR's GlobalEPD Programme can be found in the industry panel​​​.

AENOR employs these PCR when verifying the environmental declarations of products.

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EPD bilateral recognition agreements

To support the internalisation of companies, AENOR is reaching bilateral mutual recognition agreements with the main EPD verification programmes.

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ECO Platform

AENOR is a founding member of the European ECO Platform Association, and can issue environmental declarations with the logo of ECO Platform EPD EN 15804 VERIFIED™​​​

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