Isover insulation awarded independent environmental mark of approval

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Two insulation product families from leading manufacturer Isover (part of the Saint-Gobain Group), have been certificated to BRE Global’s Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) scheme in line with EN 15804 – the European standard for the sustainability of construction products.

The products – Spacesaver loft insulation and Cavity Wall Slab 32 (CWS) insulation – are the first two in the Isover portfolio to have an EPD which is a standardised way of assessing the environmental impact of a product through its lifespan from raw materials and manufacturing to application, use and disposal. These are in addition to the EPD’s already available within Saint-Gobain’s product portfolio.

Technical Manager of Isover, Michael Hunter said ‘Offering sustainable products to the marketplace is the cornerstone of the Isover and Saint-Gobain ethos. As well as delivering top thermal performance, typically a minimum of 80% of the content of these products is made from recycled post-consumer glass that would otherwise go to landfill. They will ultimately contribute to making buildings and homes across the UK more energy and carbon efficient – we are very pleased to have this recognition’.

Credible EPD, such as those offered by BRE Global, are independently verified to strict standards to ensure the underlying data, data handling and the EPD itself are consistently reliable. This credibility gives specifiers and architects peace of mind that they are specifying products in keeping with environmental standards such as BREEAM.

BRE Director of Sustainable Products David Richardson said ‘BRE Global’s EPD mark represents quality and ensures that products have undergone a rigorous verification process. Congratulations to Isover on meeting all the requirements with these two core products and for inspiring others in the construction product supply chain to improve its environmental performance. We look forward to working with them in the future.’

Full details of Isover’s EPD – and of the BRE Global EPD scheme – are available on GreenBookLive, a unique reference source and online listing of verified products and services. Both products will soon be listed within theIMPACT tool which measures the embodied environmental impact and life cycle cost performance of buildings.

For further information please contact Linda McKeown, email mckeownl@bre.co.uk

NOTES TO EDITOR

BRE Global

BRE Global Limited (incorporating LPCB & BREEAM) is an independent third party approvals body offering certification of fire, security and sustainability products and services to an international market. BRE Global’s product testing and approvals are carried out by recognised experts in our world renowned testing laboratories. BRE Global Limited is custodian of a number of world leading brands including:

  • LPCB for the approval of fire and security products and services, listed in the Red Books.
  • BREEAM the world’s leading environmental assessment method for buildings sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de-facto measure of a building’s environmental performance.

BRE Global is owned by the BRE Trust, a registered charity. The Trust uses the profits made by the BRE companies to fund research and education that advances knowledge of the built environment. For more information, visitwww.bre.co.uk

Isover

Isover is part of Saint-Gobain group, world leaders in the design, production and distribution of materials for the construction, industrial and consumer markets. With a presence in over 50 countries and a workforce numbering almost 200,000, the global reach of the Saint-Gobain group allows Isover to draw on unrivalled financial and technological resources to meet the changing needs of customers and communities in the 21st century. For more information about Saint-Gobain in the UK and Ireland, please visit www.saint-gobain.co.uk