Gerflor USA recently released environmental product declarations (EPDs) for all of its products, including Mipolam, Taraflex, Taralay and Creation LVT. While most manufacturers continue to use industry EPDs, 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, but product-specific EPDs provide increased transparency and credibility by examining specific products rather than the average product by companies. According to the LEED v4 sustainability standard, specifiers must use 20 different permanently installed products from five different manufacturers. Industry EPD products are valued as half a product—in terms of LEED v4 certification—while product-specific EPD products are valued as one product.
“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. “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.”
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.