British Gypsum expands environmental transparency in 2015

Published:  28 January, 2015

British Gypsum is making it easier for specifiers and architects to identify environmental performance with the launch of seven new Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), covering nine products.

As part of its aim to give environmental transparency and make it easier for specifiers to gather evidence for building certification schemes, such as BREEAM, LEED and SKA, the manufacturer has introduced additional EPD to its Thistle plaster range. These include declarations for Thistle BoardFinish, MultiFinish, BondingCoat, Browning, Universal OneCoat, DuraFinish, SprayFinish, ToughCoat and HardWall.

The EPD were externally verified for the Thistle plaster products following a robust Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which calculates the environmental impact of each product throughout its lifecycle. The LCA considers a range of factors, including the effect of raw materials, the manufacturing process, installation, performance in use and recycling capabilities.

Heidi Barnard, sustainability leader at British Gypsum, said: “As our EPD are based on clearly defined EU-wide rules and regulations, our customers can be confident in the knowledge that they are receiving reliable indicators, allowing them to make an informed decision when planning or delivering a project.

“We’re currently the only UK plaster manufacturer to offer EPD but we recognise the importance of giving our customers greater transparency, especially in our industry where sustainable practices are becoming more rigorous on an almost daily basis.”

The latest EPD are in addition to the existing EPD available on: 12.5mm Gyproc WallBoard; 12.5mm Gyproc FireLine; 12.5mm Gyproc Moisture Resistant; 15mm Gyproc DuraLine, 15mm Gyproc SoundBloc; 6mm Glasroc F MULTIBOARD; 12.5mm Glasroc H TILEBACKER; and 15mm Glasroc F FIRECASE.

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