Life Cycle Assessment Validates Sustainability Attributes of CENTRIA’s Formawall® Dimension Series®

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3” Formawall Dimension Series has comparable or lower total environmental impact than Aluminum Composite Material and precast concrete

CENTRIA released a summary report that demonstrates the superior sustainability of its 3” Formawall Dimension Series (FWDS) insulated metal wall panel system as compared to Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) and precast concrete. The report is based on a comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment study conducted by Five Winds International in collaboration with PE Americas. For a copy of the summary report, visit and visit the Education Center’s White Papers section.

“As a socially responsible corporate citizen, CENTRIA takes environmental responsibility seriously,” said Carla Liebenguth, Sustainability Associate at CENTRIA. “As such, we’re continually looking at ways to improve our products not just in terms of their aesthetic appeal or performance, but also to ensure that they have the maximum amount of positive impact on the built environment with the least amount of negative impact on the natural environment. Formawall Dimension Series was the first exterior building product to receive Cradle-to-Cradle® certification, and now this Life Cycle Assessment complements that certification by helping us determine what we can do to further improve the sustainable attributes of our products and processes.”

The life cycle stages included in the study address raw material extraction, production and transportation of all materials involved in the manufacturing process, manufacturing of wall components, packaging, installation, maintenance and end-of-life treatment. The LCA excludes the building use phase impacts such as heating and cooling; however, all wall assemblies were designed to conform to the minimum prescriptive requirement in accordance with Proposed Addendum bb to ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 Zone 5. The final report underwent external, independent critical review and fully complies with the ISO 14040/14044 standards.

According to the Life Cycle Assessment, 3” FWDS has a better overall environmental profile in most areas than precast concrete or ACM. Precast concrete has a significantly larger potential for global warming, acidification and smog; and ACM has a significantly larger potential for global warming, non-renewable primary energy demand, acidification and smog potential.

“We understand the importance of sustainable products for architects, building owners, developers and others in today’s building and construction marketplace,” said Rick Brow, CENTRIA’s Director of Marketing. “The Life Cycle Assessment study has not only helped confirm that many of the sustainable qualities of our product outweigh those of ACM and precast concrete, but it has also helped us improve our product’s sustainability. We were able to identify and replace a chemical cleaner used during the manufacturing process to a more environmentally-friendly option and we have implemented a Reuse, Recycle, Take-Back program to help ensure prolonged product life in a variety of forms to avoid waste.”

The Formawall Dimension Series wall system provides advanced thermal efficiency and moisture control in a single panelized component. Compared to the traditional multi-component wall construction, which typically requires up to five separate components and multiple installers for each of the components, Formawall Dimension Series only requires one installer, helping to simplifying and ensure proper installation and long-term performance

As building envelope materials, CENTRIA’s metal wall and roof systems provide the broadest spectrum of aesthetic options, the most advanced thermal and moisture protection and the highest degree of sustainability available today. From inspiration to installation, CENTRIA’s metal building envelope systems free designers’ creativity and improve constructability for contractors. Find out how at    

Five Winds International is one of the world's most experienced sustainability management consulting firms. Its focus is on helping clients understand sustainability, improve their performance and succeed in the marketplace. Since 1998, Five Winds has worked with many respected firms to develop the strategies, management systems, tools and processes needed to achieve leadership in sustainability. With respect to sustainability communications, Five Winds works with its clients to identify the issues that matter to them and their stakeholders, then assess and communicate performance in a clear, credible and meaningful way. Five Winds International has offices in Canada, Europe and the United States. Find Five Winds International online at

PE Americas provides conscientious companies with cutting-edge tools, in-depth knowledge and an unparalleled spectrum of experience in making both corporate operations and products more sustainable. Applied methods include implementing management systems, developing sustainability indicators, life cycle assessment (LCA), carbon footprint, design for environment (DfE) and environmental product declarations (EPD), technology benchmarking, or eco-efficiency analysis, emissions management, clean development mechanism projects and strategic CSR consulting.

CENTRIA innovations in architectural metal wall and roof systems are helping building teams around the world reimagine the building envelope. From inspiration through installation, CENTRIA provides the highest level of expertise including service and support from an elite Dealer Network. Based in Pittsburgh (Moon Township, Pa.), our metal architectural systems are the perfect combination of science and aesthetics, offering advanced thermal and moisture protection, the broadest spectrum of design options, truly integrated components, and superior sustainability. We invite you to explore the limitless possibilities metal provides for your next project and to reimagine metal at or find us on Facebook.


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