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First ECO Platform EPDs awarded to Knauf Insulation - Company welcomes major sustainability landmark
By Knauf Australia on October 20, 2014

Knauf Insulation is celebrating a milestone in product sustainability after being awarded – along with other leading organisations – ground-breaking ECO Platform EPDs (Environmental Product Declaration) by IBU, Institut Bauen und Umwelt.

Knauf Insulation is celebrating a milestone in product sustainability after being awarded – along with other leading organisations – ground-breaking ECO Platform EPDs (Environmental Product Declaration) by IBU, Institut Bauen und Umwelt.

ECO Platform was set up to support the provision of type III Environmental Product Declaration across Europe through the harmonisation of a core content and format based on the standard EN 15804.

It is a breakthrough for the construction industry as it paves the way towards a single system of product sustainability that can be recognised across Europe rather than each country promoting its own EPD.

The first three ECO Platform EPDs to be awarded to a company were presented to Knauf Insulation for its Glass Mineral Wool 032, 035 and 040 unfaced rolls with ECOSE® Technology. The list of all ECO Platform EPDs are accessible on their website. Knauf Insulation ECO Platform EPDs, along with other Knauf Insulation EPDs, are also available on our website here.

“Knauf Insulation has been pioneering faster, more effective ways of delivering environmental information to our customers for many years. The fact that we are today ready with three ECO Platform EPDs, covering a large number of products available across Europe is a tribute to that hard work,” said Vincent Briard, Head of Sustainability, Products & Buildings.

“We have always believed that EPDs are the very best way for our customers to understand the environmental impact of a product in the context of an application and building because they examine in detail every environmental impact from the cradle to the grave. Harmonising that process across Europe is a win-win situation for both suppliers and customers.”

The new ECO Platform EPD logo was unveiled at the annual conference of ECO Platform in Brussels on Thursday (October 16) and was described as the visualisation of key EPD requirements with regard to quality management and verification process.

Vincent Briard, as convenor of the Sustainable Construction Committee of Eurima was a guest speaker at this event and concluded his presentation: “Today is a very important step in the right direction, but one that should not be considered as final.  A number of next steps are needed if we want the ECO Platform EPD initiative to really impact the future of the construction sector. We should not lose the benefit of such a positive momentum.”

“The initiative to found the ECO Platform and to create the basis for mutual recognition across borders is very well received since it fosters efforts to reduce trade barriers regarding product related environmental communication,” said ECO Platform.