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From the CEO: Peikko’s Environmental Product Declarations and how can they help your project

October, 25, 2017

Our customers are often impressed by what Peikko is capable of. A couple of months ago I was asked what Peikko thinks about EPDs (Environmental Product Declaration), and if we are thinking of putting effort into them in the future, for instance in helping our customers gain LEED certification. As you might know, EPD is a document that provides information about the environmental impact of a product during its entire life cycle. It is also known by the formal name Type III Environmental Declaration. My answer was a surprise to our customer, because we have already had EPDs available since 2015.

Peikko’s three EPDs

The environmental performance of products is based on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). That is, LCAs give an overview of the environmental impact of products. It is easy to evaluate sustainability when you have all the relevant product information in the same format.

Peikko’s three Environmental Product Declarations can be found on our website and they are:

Peikko EPD Connecting Parts
Peikko EPD DELTABEAM®
Peikko EPD Steel Structures

EPD – a standardized way of assessment

Peikko’s EPDs are created according to the European standard EN 15804 (Sustainability of construction works. Environmental product declarations) and the international standard ISO 14025 (Environmental labels and declarations).

Life cycle assessment in these EPDs complies with the standards EN 15804 (Sustainability of construction works. Environmental product declarations), EN ISO 14040 (Environmental management. Life cycle assessment. Principles and framework), and EN ISO 14044 (Environmental management. Life cycle assessment. Requirements and guidelines). 

Peikko’s EPDs have a third-party verification

Peikko’s EPDs are verified by Bionova Ltd. In their cloud service at www.oneclicklca.com, EPDs can be used as components to evaluate their impact at the building level. For example, the service can demonstrate conformity with LEED v4's Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction credits or you can complete Mat 01 LCA for BREEAM certification. 

And last but not least – the benefits

EPDs have several benefits for your project. For instance, with EPDs, you can be certain that Peikko is following these standards and that the environmental impact of our processes is low, thus fulfilling Environmental EU laws and regulations. Indeed, we aim for transparency in our actions, as it builds trust and does not leave any gray areas. All the relevant information about the product’s environmental performance can be found and measured from one source – the EPD.

Our aim is to assist our customers in their building certification process. If you’re in need of any further information, please be in contact with our sales teams around the world. 

Topi Paananen

M.Sc. (Econ) has been Peikko Group's CEO since 2010. He has worked at Peikko since 2005 and has previously held the positions of Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director, International Operations. Before joining Peikko, Topi worked in the mobile phone component business (Eimo/Foxconn) and decorative coatings business (Akzo Nobel).

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