EPD

 

General information about ITB EPD program

ITB EPD Program (established in 2004) provides the procedure for Environmental Product Declarations Type III (EPD) development (for construction products) in accordance to the requirements of PN EN ISO14025:2010 and PN-EN 15804:2013+A1. Every year program is updated to fit the new environmental standards and regulations.

 

ITB-EPD Program Requirements

Every year several new ITB EPDs support sustainable construction market. ITB EPD is a technical information that provides quantifiable environmental data for construction products with a specified technical function on the building level. Standard PN-EN 15804 defines the core rules for the creation of EPDs for construction products and materials. EPD enables to analyze the life cycle of products with regard to their environmental impacts and to display these analyses in a transparent and standardized way. ITB EPD has the highest quality proved by third party verification in accordance to ISO14025:2010 requirements.


ITB by this activity supports a formal process of EPD implementation on the Polish market and support construction industry in developing a strategy and accompany on the way to a verified and sustainable building products.


EPD Program is voluntary and cover all construction products as it is defined in Annex IV of the European Construction Products Regulation (No 305/2011, CPR) and open to all interested construction product manufacturers.


ITB cooperates with other EPD program operators via ECO-PLATFORM, http://www.eco-platform.org/) to coordinate efforts to assist industry sectors while reducing verification effort in different countries. ITB shall accept the core EPD based on ECO requirements.


For a detailed ITB EPD information about program procedures and related documents please visit EPD download section.

 

"Wpływ rodzaju tynku na charakterystykę środowiskową systemu zewnętrznej izolacji termicznej"

Michałowski, B.; Marcinek, M.; Tomaszewska, J.; Czernik, S.; Piasecki, M.; Geryło, R.; Michalak, Buildings 2020, 10, 47. (dostęp otwarty)

"Ekologiczny, czyli jaki? Zharmonizowane zasady oceny środowiskowej wyrobów budowlanych", dr inż. M. Piasecki (ITB), Builder 2/2014 (dostęp płatny)


"Ocena właściwości środowiskowych wyrobów jako element oceny projektowanego budynku", dr inż. M. Piasecki (ITB), Rynek Instalacyjny 7-8/2014 (dostęp płatny)


"Added value of the European Core EPD", dr inż. M. Piasecki (ITB), World SB14 Barcelona Conference Proceedings


ITB-EPD Environmental Product Declarations

Metoda ITB Oceny Środowiskowej Budynku


The manufacturer is EPD owner and has liability and responsibility for information declared in EPD.


All rights to the EPD documents are reserved to their respective owners.

 

This page contains answers to commonly asked questions about LCA, EPD and ITB program.

Questions:

What is EPD?

What is PN EN 15804 standard?

Why to have EPD?

What products can have EPD?

How many producers have EPD in Poland?

Who is responsible for managing the national EPD Program for construction products?

Is ITB’s Program limited to construction products and materials in Poland?

Does ITB collaborate with other program operators?

Does ITB charge a fee to develop, review, and publish a PCR?

How are PCRs developed in ITB?

What happens if there is existing PCR published by another program operator?

Does ITB charge a fee verifying/accepting LCA/EPD of other European EPD operator?

Does ITB charge a fee for verifying LCA/EPDs?

How long EPD is valid?

How much does EPD cost?

How long it will take to obtain EPD?

Interested in EPD? What to do?

What about confidentiality of the producer data?

Interested in EPD? Need a contact or workshop?

Any other questions?

 

Answers:

 

What is EPD?

EPD (Environmental Product Declaration, type III) provides quantifiable environmental data to compare products that fulfill the same function. In order to create comparable EPDs, they must follow the same methodological rules (PN EN 15804) and guidelines called PCRs.

 

What is PN EN 15804 standard?

Standard PN-EN 15804 provides the core rules for the creation of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for building products and materials. ITB actively participated to the CEN TC 350 work (as a mirror group KT 307 of PKN) and translated this standard to polish language.

 

Why to have EPD?

It is one of the most recognizable ways to communicate product’s environmental performance. In the future this environmental information will be a part of the product performance declaration based on Reg. 305/11 (CPR-Construction Product Regulation).

 

What products can have EPD?

All construction products defined on the CPR basis.

 

How many producers have EPD in Poland?

ITB registered 11 EPDs and has new active EPD projects.

 

Who is responsible for managing the national EPD Program for construction products?

ITB is responsible for the national EPD Program, its scope and its procedures, including review, verification process and maintenance.

 

Is ITB’s Program limited to construction products and materials in Poland?

The scope of EPD Program is primarily Poland btw ITB can also create EPDs for other EU-28 countries.

 

Does ITB collaborate with other program operators?

Yes, ITB works with other program operators (via ECO-PLATFORM, http://www.eco-platform.org/) to coordinate efforts to assist industry sectors while reducing duplication of effort.

 

Does ITB charge a fee to develop, review, and publish a PCR?

No, ITB does not charge any fees to develop, review, or publish PCR (for new product groups).

 

How are PCRs developed in ITB?

PCRs are developed through Technical Committee (TC). PCRs are directly based on PN EN 15804.

 

What happens if there is existing PCR published by another program operator?

ITB staff will research all relevant PCRs from other program operators before developing a PCR. Any existing, relevant PCR will be reviewed. If the existing PCR is acceptable then ITB will use that PCR for verifying EPDs. If the existing PCR is not acceptable then the TC will provide a rationale for why it is not acceptable in the new PCR.

 

Does ITB charge a fee verifying/accepting LCA/EPD of other European EPD operator?

This process is under discussion between ECO Platform members. ITB believes in the final recognition btw basic verification and translation will be required.

 

Does ITB charge a fee for verifying LCA/EPDs?

Yes, ITB charges a fee to verify a manufacturer’s EPD. For fee information please contact Michał Piasecki m.piasecki@itb.pl

 

How long EPD is valid?

5 years.

 

How much does EPD cost?

It depends on how complex is production process. A typical project cost is 7000-8000EU.

 

How long it will take to obtain EPD?

The duration of the projects vary depending on process complexity, the number of sub-products, number of sites and input data involved. A typical project time is 3 months.

 

Interested in EPD? What to do?

If producer is interested in EPD for his product then have to fill in the Contact Form (on page), which can be delivered also after contact with fizyka@itb.pl or Michal Piasecki m.piasecki@itb.pl. This will allow ITB to issue a formal EPD time and cost project proposal. On acceptance of the proposal of the quoted cost producer can be asked to sign agreement and then submit a more detailed LCI Data (special questionnaire) that will allow ITB to complete the LCA and further verification process

During the collecting inventory data process ITB will carry out the quality data audit to manufacturing site.

After successful process the report will be issued with EPD certificate signed by ITB director. At that point producer will then be permitted to use the ITB-EPD declaration in his commercial technical or promotional material. The certificate may be listed (on your request) on ITB web page.

 

What about confidentiality of the producer data?

LCA/EPD process is covered by confidentiality terms in agreement and the information producer provide in relation to the project is treated as confidential.

 

Interested in EPD? Need a contact or workshop?

Please contact us. We are going to organize a workshop to answer all your questions.

 

Any other questions?

Please contact energia@itb.pl

ITB-EPD Office

Telefon:

tel. +48 22 566 43 43

Adres:

ul. Ksawerów 21
02-656 Warszawa