Environmental Product Declarations – verified documents that convey transparent and comparable information about a product’s environmental impact – will now gain credits in rating tools for infrastructure (IS) as well as for buildings (Green Star), opening up a new perspective in supply chain management.
We recently wrote about the uptake of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD®) in Australia, driven by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and Green Star Rating Tools. We are pleased to announce that EPDs are now also recognised in the latest release of the Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme from the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA).
EPDs have the dual benefit of driving improvements in our manufacturing processes and enabling our infrastructure clients to claim Green Star and ISCA credits for using Vinidex products.
– Vinidex Pty Ltd
A recent Australasian EPD Programme press release notes that “an important distinction between Green Star and the IS Rating Tool is that the latter requires EPDs to verify a project as compliant with both ISO 14025 and EN 15804 standards”. By requiring EN 15804 compliance, the IS tool goes further to supporting EPDs that are standardised, third-party verified and consistent with international best practice.
All construction product EPDs registered with the Australasian EPD® Programme are EN 15804 compliant, because the programme is aligned with the International EPD® System, which has adopted EN 15804 for all construction products. With the first EPD registration only last year, the Australasian EPD Programme has already registered 19 EPDs, contributing to over 500 EPDs registered through the International EPD® System. The latest news from the Australasian EPD® Programme can be found here.
Among the first movers under the Australasian EPD Programme were Iplex and Vinidex, in collaboration with the Plastic Industry Pipe Association (PIPA). Iplex and Vinidex have recently launched EPDs for a whole range of plastic pipe products. For an example see the Vinidex StormPRO® and SewerPRO® Polypropylene Pipes EPD (pictured above). Speaking on the motivations for producing EPDs, Vinidex says “the EPDs have the dual benefit of driving improvements in our manufacturing processes and enabling our infrastructure clients to claim Green Star and ISCA credits for using Vinidex products”.
- To provide an update on the changes, ISCA is holding webinars on Version 1.2 Design and As Built. The next sessions will be June 16 and July 21.
- Join George Macovez (General Manager Technology and Marketing – Vinidex) at the Laing O’Rourke sponsored free collaborative industry event, The Surge of Sustainable Materials, in Melbourne on June 21.