Verband der Deutschen Parkettindustrie e.V.
Member since 2015
about the Member:
The Association of the German Parquet Industry (vdp) is another association to commit itself to sustainability in the construction product sector. As from September 2015 vdp has become a member at Institut Bauen und Umwelt (IBU).
Currently, 19 manufacturers are members of vdp, who represent around 90 % of German parquet production. They produce solid wood, mono-layer parquet flooring and multi-layer parquet flooring. For both product groups the association has created Environmental Product Declarations, EPDs, which are being verified by IBU at the moment before being published. By creating EPDs, vdp provides comprehensive life cycle information about the environmental impact of its products. All data are based on the European standard EN 15804, which has been in operation since 2012 for all construction products and various construction services.
The German Parquet Association was founded in Wiesbaden, Germany, in 1950. Its headquarters have been in Bad Honnef, near Bonn, since 2006. Vdp states that it is aiming to promote and foster parquet as a natural product of high quality and to improve the product quality for the benefit of the end-consumer. As a trade association vdp is a member of “The Main Association of the German Wood Industry (HDH), “and also a member of the European Parquet Association (FEP).
“Our members and the whole association support sustainable construction and therefore, we have become a member at IBU “, explains vdp Chairman Michael Schmid. Wood is the basis for the association. For more than 300 years the principle of sustainability has been a general principle in German forestry and for generations vdp and its member companies have been pursuing this aim. Parquet is ‘the most sustainable and environmentally friendly flooring’ since the renewable raw material wood is used“. Parquet can be deployed repeatedly, renovated and recycled, and at its end-of-life reused as raw material to manufacture food fibre panels. And finally, it can be used as a CO2 neutral energy source. Schmid explains: “By creating EPDs that were verified by independent third parties before their publication, we can prove how sustainable our products are and that sustainability is of great concern to us.“
IBU is the only organization in Germany to operate an EPD programme across industry sectors for construction products. It is based on the ISO and CEN standard. The European standard EN 15804 was published in April 2012 and is the basis for EPDs that are in effect Europewide and recommended by the Construction Product Regulation (BauPVO). IBU is the first EPD programme to implement the respective regulations.