Product life cycle description
- Chapter: General statements
These contain, among other things, basic information about the manufacturer, the product declared, the range of the validity of the EPD, and the date until which the EPD is valid.
- Chapter: Product
This contains, among other things, a detailed product description, the specific intended purpose of the declared product, a description of the most significant (building) technical data for the product, information regarding placement on the market and application rules, specifications for the raw and auxiliary materials of which the product is composed, a description of the production process, as well as the behaviour of the product under unusual influences. Furthermore, it contains information concerning the installation, use and disposal of the product.
- Chapter: Life cycle assessment algorithms
These describe, among other things, the unit declared, the system limitations, cutting-off rules, background data, data quality and applied allocation processes with life cycle assessments.
- Chapter: Life cycle assessment scenarios and additional technical information
These document the life cycle assessment on the building level and necessary scenario information, e.g., reference service life, or expenditures for cleaning during use.
Life cycle assessment data
- Chapter: Life cycle assessment results
This contains the life cycle assessment results in accordance with EN 15804 and ISO 14040ff.
- Chapter: Life cycle assessment interpretation
This contains a dominance analysis as well as a description of the gap or variance of the results in order to make possible a comprehensive understanding of the life cycle assessment values.
- Chapter: Certification and test results
This contains additional environmental or health-relevant statements, e.g., regarding the emissions behaviour of the product (keyword VOC emissions).
- Chapter: Reference works
This is a listing of all norms, standards and key documents used that apply to the declaration.
Supplement to the core EPD:
At Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V., two different EPDs are generally offered: the IBU EPD and the “Core EPD”, in accordance with EN 15804. The primary difference between these two types of EPD is the extent of the information provided.