Dal-Tile recently completed the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) development process for all products manufactured in the company’s North American production facilities.
With third party validation from PE International and certification by UL Environment, one of North America’s most trusted EPD program operators, Dal-Tile is the first manufacturer in the ceramic tile category to voluntarily disclose cradle-to-grave impacts from all Daltile, American Olean, Marazzi USA and Ragno USA products with UL Environment certified EPDs, according to the company.
“At Dal-Tile, we are always looking to make our products even more sustainable, and the way the company does that is to increase the content of recycled materials used to formulate our products and improve the energy efficiencies of our processes,” said Robert Hurt, director, environmental, health and safety, Dal-Tile Corporation.
An EPD is a comprehensive, internationally harmonized report that documents the ways in which a product, throughout its lifecycle, affects the environment. An EPD tells the complete sustainability story of a product in a single, written report. Dal-Tile's EPD’s took information compiled in rigorous product lifecycle assessments to focus on the environmental impact in several categories, including global warming potential, ozone depletion potential, photochemical ozone creation potential, eutrophication potential, acidification potential and depletion of abiotic resources. These environmental impact categories are all of the ones specified in both the Product Category Rule for ceramic tile and the LEED V4 green building rating systems. "Dal-Tile’s EPDs are a valuable tool to empower customers to make more informed purchasing decisions, so when they consider Daltile, American Olean, Marazzi USA and Ragno products for a sustainable project, it isn’t just an easy decision – it’s one they can be sure of," says Hurt.
Information on Daltile, American Olean, Marazzi USA and Ragno USA Environmental Product Declarations are now available for reference in the UL Environment Sustainable Product Database.