Toledo, OH (PRWEB) December 19, 2013
Continuing its commitment to product transparency and sustainability in the building industry, Owens Corning (NYSE:OC) announces a UL-certified Environmental Product Declaration (EPDs) for its FOAMULAR® Extruded Polystyrene (XPS) Insulation.
An industry-first in North America for XPS rigid foam insulation, the EPD describes the environmental impact of the products based upon an established set of product category rules and independently verified life cycle assessment (LCA) data from cradle-to-grave. The assessment of a product’s environmental impact includes parameters such as raw materials extraction, transportation, manufacturing, packaging, use and disposal at end of life.
In addition, Owens Corning provided life cycle data on its Thermafiber® Mineral Wool Insulation along with other mineral wool manufacturers to NAIMA. The data helped NAIMA develop a North American industry-wide EPD for light and heavy density mineral wool insulation that was issued at Greenbuild 2013.
“The EPD for our FOAMULAR® XPS and prior publishings for fiberglass insulation reflect our sustainability industry leadership and pledge to be transparent about our products’ environmental performance and impact,” said Gale Tedhams, director of sustainability for Owens Corning. “EPDs help architects, designers, specifiers, and other purchasers make more informed sustainable purchasing decisions and meet industry standards, including the recently launched LEED version 4 rating system.”
Last year, Owens Corning set the bar with the first UL-certified fiberglass building insulation EPDs in North America for the company’s Unfaced and Kraft-Faced EcoTouch® PINK® FIBERGLAS™ Insulation with PureFiber® Technology and Unbonded LooseFill Insulation.
“Our portfolio of insulation EPDs is a testament to our commitment to meeting the needs of the building industry to achieve higher performing homes and buildings that are energy efficient, comfortable, durable and sustainable,” said Tedhams. “Insulation is a key contributor to a building’s overall energy-efficiency, helping to reduce the energy required to maintain a comfortable living or work environment.”
Owens Corning EPD Insulation Offerings
The following insulation products from Owens Corning now have an EPD association:
For more information about Owens Corning’s EPDs, visit http://www.OCBuildingSpec.com. For more information about Owens Corning’s products and programs, go to http://www.OwensCorning.com or call 1-800-GET-PINK®.
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About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. A Fortune 500® Company for 59 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability by delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of $5.2 billion in 2012 and approximately 15,000 employees in 27 countries on five continents. Additional information is available at http://www.owenscorning.com.
Thermafiber, Inc. (an Owens Corning company) is a leading manufacturer of premium mineral wool insulation products for commercial, residential, industrial and marine applications. Thermafiber mineral wool is the #1 specified commercial brand and is installed in six of the 12 tallest buildings in the world. To learn more about Thermafiber, visit http://www.thermafiber.com.