SVR Decisions from April 2018
The IBU Advisory Board (SVR) decided in its last meeting in April 2018 on this topic.
Individualisation of sample EPDs for the European Chemicals Association
The SVR (Expert Council) is of the unanimous opinion that there are no reasons not to approve individualisation of EU EPDs by German companies. However, the SVR recommends that IBU promotes easy individualisation (= individual calculation) and improving the identification of EPDs based on sample EPDs. This will make it easier for users to determine which EPD they are looking at. If necessary, extending the existing category system should be considered; company EPDs are not currently differentiated on the basis of sample EPDs.
Decision no. 20180420-j:
Individualisation of EU sample EPDs by German companies is approved from a professional perspective.
SVR Decisions from January 2018
The IBU Advisory Board (SVR) decided in its last meeting in January 2018 on these topics.
Inclusion of EN 16810 in the existing PCR for floor coverings
The PCR standard for the resilient, textile and laminate floor covering industry (TC 134) was published in 2017 (EN 16810: Resilient, textile and laminate floor coverings – Environmental product declarations – Product category rules). IBU is to make a policy decision as to whether c-PCRs are to be adopted in the IBU PCR.
The following rules outlined in EN 16810 are to be adopted by the IBU system:
The declaration of a useful life of 1 year does not contradict the IBU rules which is why it is adopted by the IBU PCR. In addition, the EPD must include the following note: “Depending on the application based on EN ISO 10874, the technical service life recommended by the manufacturer and the anticipated strain on the floor by customers, the case-specific useful life can be established. The effects of Module B2 need to be calculated on the basis of this useful life in order to obtain the overall environmental impacts.”
2.Disclosure of biogenic carbon
Disclosure of biogenic carbon during the life cycle 1:
- Rules as in PCR Part A and
- Rules of the EN 16485:2014: Round and sawn timber – Environmental product declarations – Product category rules for wood and wood-based products for use in construction
- The resource aspect of wood is to be analysed via the properties inherent to the material as a resource extraction of CO2 from the atmosphere and the lower calorific value as consumption of renewable energy sources.
Disclosure of biogenic carbon during the life cycle 2:
- For secondary material (waste wood), the bound CO2is considered with the correspondingly negative GWP on the input side.
- In the case of waste wood, which is recycled or which leaves the product system to be analysed as a secondary fuel, the CO2 bound in the wood fibres to be recycled is considered with the correspondingly positive GWP on the output side.
- If biogenic CO2 is analysed in Modules A1-A3 as part of the GWP, the module must be declared in which the CO2 bound in the product or packaging is released or leaves the analysis framework by means of recycling or as a secondary fuel.
Disclosure of biogenic carbon during the life cycle 3:
- The volume of biogenic carbon contained in the biological material and/or packaging must be declared in the module in which the stored biogenic carbon is offset as part of the GWP.
- The calorific value (Hu) is analysed as the “Use of renewable secondary fuels” or as “Use of secondary materials”.
The following rules are not adopted from the EN 16810:
EN 16810 permits the declaration of toxicity indicators in the EPD. To this aim, the ERFMI has submitted an application to IBU to integrate them in an IBU EPD. Against the backdrop of integrating ISO 21930 in the IBU programme rules, Dr Lehmann proposes postponing the decision on the submission by ERFMI and communicating this accordingly to ERFMI.
EN 16810 is also indicated as a reference in the EPDs for resilient, textile and laminate floor coverings.
Decision no. 20180124-e:
Inclusion of EN 16810 in the existing PCR for floor coverings for the following topics: Useful life and disclosure of biogenic carbon and reference to EN 16810 on the cover sheet of the EPD for floor coverings.
SVR Decisions from October 2017
The IBU Advisory Board (SVR) decided in its last meeting in October 2017 on these topics.
Decision no. 20171027-d: The PCR “Cable tray systems for cable ladder systems” is renamed and the scope extended to PCR Part B: Cable carrier and cable channels for cable ladder systems
PCR Part B: for coatings with organic binding agents (following the circulation procedure)
The following remarks by the SVR concern PCR, Part B:
– The scope in the existing PCR “Boards and panels made of plastic” should be changed for indoor applications.
– A new PCR is to be published under plastics for outdoor applications.
Decision no. 20171027-f:Once the above amendments have been integrated, the PCR can be published.
Decision no. 20171027-h:Outstanding items from the verifier meeting (resubmission from the 44th meeting) have been clarified.
Regulation governing association and sample EPDs (task no. 20170712-12: Dr Werner)
The topics of representativity and individualisation are discussed.
There are 2 stages of individualisation:
1. Only the cover sheet and poss. the enclosures are changed; the owner of the declaration remains unchanged. Possible, e.g. for marketing purposes. Association logo remains on the cover sheet – not to be digitalised, only a PDF is created.
2. If individualisation is to be more extensive, i.e. if the manufacturer wishes to be the owner of the declaration, a procedure as for sample EPDs is to be presented to the SVR.
– In the PCR, Part B, new text is inserted in sections 3.1 Declared unit and 3.6 Data quality as well as in Scope.
Decision no. 20171027-i: The proposal is accepted by the SVR; the requisite amendments are to be implemented in the IBU rules documents.
SVR Decisions from July 2017
The IBU Advisory Board (SVR) decided in its last meeting in July 2017 on these topics.
The scope for the following PCRs has been extended:
PCR Part B: Coatings with organic binders
- The coating products can take the form of dispersions, emulsions, solvents, powder mixtures or preformed, dried elements for coating surfaces.
PCR Part B: Bathtub and showers made of steel enamel or acrylic
- The document is valid for: Bathtubs, shower trays, washbasins and washstands made from composite materials such as steel enamel, acrylic and mineral cast
- Renamed to: Sanitary products made from composite materials
Further decisions of the SVR from the last meeting:
Decision no. 20170712-h: The new ADP indicator name is implemented in the PCR
Decision no. 20170712-i: The product definition is changed in the PCR.
Decision no. 20170712-k: Software tools must always declare the maximum scope in the first EPD (if the tool can calculate A1-C4+D incl. scenarios, the first EPD from the tool must also depict all of these cases).
Decision no. 20170712-l: Software tools necessitate all EPDs to be supplied as XML files (in ILCD+EPD format) to enable publication in IBU.Data. There is an exception for System II tools where it shall suffice if a reference product presented to the Expert Committee within the framework of tool approval is available as an XML file (the manufacturer makes proposals for the reference products).
Decision no. 20170712-n: Modules B3, B4 and B5 are only of relevance at building level and are referred to as MNR in the IBU system.
Decision no. 20170712-o: In Module B2, the expenses associated with maintenance, repair etc. are declared over the product’s period of use in the IBU range. This decision shall apply until revoked by the ECO Platform.