New product life cycle assessments from Owens Corning
Owens Corning announces 11 new Environmental Product Declarations and Material Health Certificates
Good news for specifiers: Owens Corning has expanded its product lifecycle assessments
Owens Corning, America’s leading insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites company, recently expanded product transparency across its core commercial and residential product offerings. Why? To make it easier for Insulation4US clients - architects, builders, mechanical engineers and specifiers - to meet the growing criteria of green building certifications, including the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEEDv4 credit that rewards the selection of products with environmental production declarations, or EPDs.
You just can’t doubt Owens Corning’s commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship: Here are six additional registered Material Health Certificates (MHCs) through the Cradle to Cradle Certified program and five new EPDs summarizing product life-cycle assessment (LCA).
Todd Fister, vice president of strategic marketing, Insulation, Owens Corning had this to say:
"Owens Corning now offers EPDs and registered MHCs across each of our commercial and residential core product offerings to help architects, designers and specifiers have access to life cycle assessment information that will help inform product selection and meet the heightened criteria for green building certifications. As a company, we are committed to providing today’s building professionals with the products, building science and transparency needed to help design and build more sustainable commercial and residential structures.”
In addition, seven EPDs have been issued across 11 core commercial and residential product offerings, including:
- 700 Series FIBERGLAS™ Insulation
- FIBERGLAS™ Pipe Insulation
- EcoTouch® Insulation for Metal Building (Certified R Metal Building, MBI Plus, Metal Building Utility Blanket)
- EcoTouch® Insulation for Flexible Duct
- SOFTR® Duct Wrap
- QuietR® Duct Board
This sort of transparency is nothing new to Owens Corning – they were the first roofing manufacturer to offer an EPD on asphalt roofing shingles, including Supreme® Three-Tab Shingles, Oakridge® Shingles and Duration® Series Shingles. The company issued the first EPD for North America fiberglass insulation in 2012 followed by the first North American extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam insulation EPD in 2013.
Owens Corning is one of the first companies to have products assessed against the material health requirements of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard. Architects can check the Material Health Registry to specify products that have been assessed against the v3.1 Material Health Certification Standard.
Owens Corning has registered MHCs for the following products:
- EcoTouch® Insulation Products - Unfaced
- EcoTouch® Insulation Products – Faced
- 700 Series FIBERGLAS™ Insulation – Faced (ASJ Max, FRK, ASJ)
- 700 Series FIBERGLAS™ Insulation - Unfaced
- FIBERGLAS™ Pipe Insulation (ASJ Max, VaporWick®)
- No Wrap FIBERGLAS™ Pipe Insulation
- Owens Corning™ Air Handling Insulation
- Thermafiber® Mineral Wool Insulation - Unfaced
- Thermafiber® Mineral Wool Insulation – Faced
As you can see, Owens Corning is ahead of the curve when it comes to providing greater transparency through insulation product lifecycle assessments.
And that’s why Insulation4US is proud to work closely with them.