Epd: mutual recognition agreement between EPDItaly and IBU

Jan 31, 2017 0 Comments in Eco Platform by

The Environmental Product Declarations published by the two Program Operators, Italian and Deutsche, can be automatically and reciprocally accepted even from the other side without further checks. the agreement signed on the last 18th January  in Munich  between ICMQ, developer of the Italian EPDItaly Program Operator, and the Deutsche IBU (Institut Bauen und Umwelt) is the third after the ones signed recently with AENOR, Sapnish developer of  Global EPD and with Association PEP, French developer of the Program PEP Ecopassport. The aim is to foster the EPD spread to Europe and Italy, allowing manufacturers economic optimization.

“The agreement with Ibu is another important step for EPDItaly confirming its international recognition, arisen especially through Eco Platform”, has declared Lorenzo Orsenigo, General Director of  ICMQ. “The agreement will favor the Italian manufacturers for the marketing of their products into international markets”. The Epd is spreading more and more. Through the Decree of the last 24th December 2015 on Environmental Minimum Criteria (CAM) for  the Construction, it takes place a real innovation in the field of our national legislation, promoting products and sustainable materials to use in entrusting procurement of new construction, renovation and maintenance of buildings and in the site management. The Cam require that the main products / systems of buildings should have a certain content of recycled material or meet a specific environmental criteria. The EPD is one of the tools needed to pursue it. Furthermore the possession of a validated EPD is one of the rewarding aspects of the rating system for sustainable buildings LEED v. 4 and the first rating system for sustainable infrastructure, EnvisionTM. The Epd describes the environmental impacts of a product, based on a life cycle assessment LCA which provides the manufacturer a methodology of analysis of its processes, from “cradle to gate” or from “cradle to grave” – that is, from extraction of raw materials to the factory gate or at the disposal of the product materials – passing through the stages of production and use, in search of environmental impacts, but also its waste and the potential optimization and savings.

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