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Tata Steel publishes updated EPDs for all Colorcoat products

1 August 2012 No Comment

Tata Steel is calling on the building envelope industry to help the construction sector towards meeting sustainability targets, by publishing up-to-date environmental data that covers the whole lifecycle of a product.

The industry-leading business has today released newly recalculated Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Colorcoat® assessed cladding systems using Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® and Colorcoat Prisma®

Environmental Product Declarations

The updated EPDs show the data for each Colorcoat® assessed cladding system in a clear, consistent and transparent way. Designing low carbon buildings becomes simpler as the environmental impacts of each system are fully measurable and traceable for each stage of the life cycle.

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Pre-finished steel cladding systems

Construction professionals can use the data on a range of pre-finished steel cladding systems, along with expert technical advice from Tata Steel, to create sustainable building envelope solutions that are innovative, long lasting and sustainable. They can specify with the confidence that they have the latest information available to help them make the best decisions for their project and for the environment.

Ian Clarke, Technical Application Manager at Tata Steel comments:

“Clients and occupiers are increasingly demanding whole lifecycle environmental assessments, and Tata Steel has an ongoing commitment to reduce the environmental impact of our operations and products, which is reflected in the reduction (10-18%) of the environmental impact reported in our EPD’s that were initially calculated in 2008.”

“In releasing the updated EPDs today, we are working to make it easier for clients and specifiers to build in the most sustainable way.”

Environmental performance of construction products

An EPD is an internationally recognised tool providing comprehensive and independent information on the environmental impacts of a product during each stage of its life. They allow detailed comparisons of the environmental performance of construction products, enabling specifiers to make informed product choices when working to environmental targets.

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Produced in accordance with international standard ISO 14040-3

Unlike many EPDs, those for Colorcoat® are calculated using a holistic ‘cradle to cradle’ approach, ensuring that all stages of a product’s life cycle are taken into account. The EPDs are produced in accordance with international standard ISO 14040-3. The Industry can have total confidence in the accuracy of the data, as it is specific to the processes used to manufacture Colorcoat® products and the roof and wall cladding systems that they are part of.

All Colorcoat® EPDs are independently verified by a selection of third parties including The CarbonNeutral Company and Ecometrica. Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director of The CarbonNeutral Company said:

“By providing third party verified, cradle to cradle EPDs for the Colorcoat® range, Tata Steel has demonstrated to the building envelope industry the role they can play in meeting the growing demand for sustainable products. The EPDs allow specifiers to be confident they are selecting a low carbon product.”

“Tata Steel’s commitment to continually improving the products’ environmental impacts, and to offsetting their carbon footprint in verified emissions reductions projects that help reduce dependence on fossil fuels, are helping to deliver a more sustainable construction industry.”

For more information about Tata Steel’s Colorcoat® products and to access the new EPD documents, visit http://www.colorcoat-online.com/epd

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