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When you're deciding on the best ceiling for a project, lots of acronyms are in the mix. There are NRC's, AC's and CAC's for acoustics. LR's for light reflectants even STC's for sound transmission classes. The list goes on and on and now with environmental acronyms added to the soup. How do you make sense of it all? Relax. After a few bites some acronyms are easier to digest. LCA or life cycle assessment is starting a sure simmer as a way to look at the environmental impact of a product over its lifetime and now there's a new industry format called an EPD or Environmental Product Declaration that documents this information. It shows everything from raw materials to how a product is made to how it's transported through the end of its useful life. It's a standard document for all manufacturers to use consistently just like a nutrition label. Armstrong EPD's can help contribute to lead credits and are certified by the ICC, the International Code Counsel known for building codes. Starving for more information about EPD's? We're serving up an online CEU to help satisfy your appetite and make understanding LCA and EPD's much more palatable. Bon appetit.
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Understanding EPDs

We're committed to helping you reduce the environmental impact of the buildings you create…from product design and raw material selection, to how products are made and delivered. Now, we have Environmental Product Declarations for 9 product families, including a view of the total ceiling system.
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OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT DECLARATIONS

We’re committed to helping you reduce the environmental impact of the buildings you create…from product design and raw material selection, to how products are made and delivered. Now, we have Environmental Product Declarations for 10 product families, including a view of the total ceiling system.

Press Release: Armstrong Issues Environmental Product Declarations On Nine Popular Ceiling and Steel Suspension Systems

WHAT IS LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT?

A method to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with each stage of a product life cycle.

UNDERSTANDING EPDs

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a declaration for a product or product family. You will find these sections in an EPD:

Product Definition Life Cycle Assessment
Material Content Additional Information, Evidence, Test Certificates
Production of the Ceiling Systems PCR Documentation and Verification
Extraordinary Effects References

The environmental impact areas in an EPD are:

Global Warming Potential – also known as “carbon footprint,” this takes into consideration greenhouse gas emissions, or other emissions that contribute to climate change
Primary Embodied Energy – amount of energy from renewable and non-renewable sources used in the raw material procurement for a product, and the amount of energy required to manufacture it into a new product
Ozone Depletion – thinning of the earth’s stratospheric ozone layer
Acidification Potential – pollutants or emissions that turn into acids and harm buildings, plants, animals, aquatic life, and human health
Eutrophication Potential – when materials contribute to increased quantity of nutrients that leach into water or solid and shift the biological balance
Water Consumption – total amount of water required to produce a product
Smog/Photochemical Oxidant Creation Potential – when emission of chemicals cause smog or air pollution
 

VALUE OF AN EPD

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD’s) offer:

A holistic view of a product
A summary of performance attributes, aesthetics, and environmental preferences to choose the right product for each project
Condensed information on a product’s environmental impact
 

THIRD PARTY CERTIFICATION

Armstrong EPD’s have been third party-certified by ICC Evaluation Service as conforming to the requirements of ISO 14025. ICC Evaluation Service assessed that our peer-reviewed LCA fulfilled the requirements of ISO 14040 in accordance with the instructions listed in the Product Category Rules for ceiling panels for suspended ceilings.

LCA INTO LEED

Green Genie™ LEED® Calculator – see how EPD’s contribute to LEED credits
Pilot Credit 61: Material Disclosure and Assessment
 

WHAT’S YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT?

Want to reduce your own Impact? Try this calculator and measure your impact on the climate!

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