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Transparency Catalog to Help Manufacturers Earn Green Building Credits

Construction and design professionals will likely have an easier time finding and using sustainable building materials thanks to efforts from two flooring manufacturers: a new product catalog by Tarkett and new product-specific environmental product declarations (EPDs) from Gerflor USA.

EPDs, which provide a comprehensive overview of a product’s environmental impact, are becoming increasingly important to construction industry professionals as they can help projects earn LEED v4 points toward green building certification.

Because of this, Gerflor has published product-specific EPDs for all of its commercial flooring brands including Mipolam, Taraflex, Taralay and Creation LVT. Product-specific EPDs will allow architects and designers to more quickly and efficiently earn a LEED v4 credit in the Materials & Resources category, the company says.

"We took quick and decisive action to develop and publish an EPD for each of our product ranges, as product-specific EPDs provide more specific and detailed information about the product's lifecycle," said Catherine del Vecchio, director of marketing for Gerflor USA. All of Gerflor USA's products are 100 percent recyclable, REACH compliant, and FloorScore certified, meaning they have been independently third party certified to comply with strict volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions criteria, the company says.

Both industry EPDs and product-specific EPDs offer third-party verification. However, product-specific EPDs provide increased transparency and credibility by examining specific products rather than the average product by companies.

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EPDs, which provide a comprehensive overview of a product’s environmental impact, are becoming increasingly important to construction industry professionals as they can help projects earn LEED v4 points toward green building certification.

Because of this, Gerflor has published product-specific EPDs for all of its commercial flooring brands including Mipolam, Taraflex, Taralay and Creation LVT. Product-specific EPDs will allow architects and designers to more quickly and efficiently earn a LEED v4 credit in the Materials & Resources category, the company says.

"We took quick and decisive action to develop and publish an EPD for each of our product ranges, as product-specific EPDs provide more specific and detailed information about the product's lifecycle," said Catherine del Vecchio, director of marketing for Gerflor USA. All of Gerflor USA's products are 100 percent recyclable, REACH compliant, and FloorScore certified, meaning they have been independently third party certified to comply with strict volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions criteria, the company says.

Both industry EPDs and product-specific EPDs offer third-party verification. However, product-specific EPDs provide increased transparency and credibility by examining specific products rather than the average product by companies.

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