Wienerberger, the leading provider of wall, roof and landscaping innovations, has made a significant contribution to the Brick Development Association’s (BDA) recent achievement of the first EN15804 compliant Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) to be issued by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for a building product in the UK.
The EPD represents the latest in a series of sustainability progressions in the brick sector, and Wienerberger has had an important role in working towards the accreditation.
Not only did Wienerberger provide factory data that equated to 40% of the study, but its Sustainability Director, John Sandford, as Chairman of the BDA Sustainability Working Party (SWP), played a key part in progressing this particular sustainability advance.
The EPD covers all aspects of the brick manufacturing process from cradle to gate, including raw materials, production process and packaging as well as water and energy usage
It gives manufacturers a standardised way of declaring environmental credentials, and, crucially, demonstrating the commitment towards sustainability within the brick sector
The EPD was presented to the BDA by the BRE at the BDA Industry Day earlier this month.
John Sandford, Director of Sustainability at Wienerberger, and Chairman of the BDA SWP, commented:
"It is very pleasing to get the first approved EPD from BRE under the new methodology for UK manufactured clay bricks. This highlights to customers that clay bricks are at the heart of sustainable construction and re establishes our product at the forefront of the developing sustainability agenda.
An EPD can be compared to the sort of information that is provided on the label of your supermarket sandwich or steak pie – but for brick. It works as a summary of the seven environmental impacts of manufacturing the brick (including aspects such as Global Warming Potential, Ozone depletion and the use of natural resources) and generally makes the sustainability issues under consideration much more explicit.
As well as the impacts of manufacture, the EPD also assesses the environmental impacts of preparing the brick for re use or recycling at the end of life of a building and the environmental benefits of using this recovered material in preference to virgin materials."