Gerflor Launches Product-Specific EPDs for Full Line
Chicago, IL, March 16, 2017—In response to LEED v4, Gerflor USA is launching 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.
Both industry EPDs and product-specific EPDs offer third-party verification. However, product-specific EPDs provide increased transparency and credibility by examining specific products rather than the average product by companies. As the new LEED v4 sustainability standard continues to take hold, product-specific EPDs will be increasingly important; specifiers must use 20 different permanently installed products from five different manufacturers. Industry EPD products are valued as half a product, while product-specific EPD products are valued as one whole product.
As the U.S. Green Building Council shifts to LEED v4, designers, architects and specifiers must shift too, to lifecycle thinking. EPDs summarize the data collected in the Life Cycle Analysis and serve as “cliff notes” for industry professionals.
All of Gerflor USA’s products are 100% recyclable, REACH compliant, and FloorScore certified, meaning they have been independently third party certified to comply with strict volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions criteria.