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Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) make statements about the environmental impact of a product, such as energy and water consumption or the resulting global warming potential. These documents essentially serve as proof for building certification. This means that if buildings are certified according to sustainability systems such as DGNB, LEED or BREEAM, EPDs are required, among other things.

The model EPDs are based on the corresponding Product Category Rules (PCR) according to DIN EN ISO 14025 and EN 15804, the ift-Guideline NA-01/3 "General Guideline for the Preparation of Type III Environmental Product Declarations" as well as a life cycle assessment according to DIN EN ISO 14040 and DIN EN ISO 14044 over the entire life cycle.

For the model EPDs, data from various companies were determined and used as average values in a common "data pool". They reflect a sector or association average. The model EPDs refer to the products with the highest environmental impacts ("worst case" approach) and are supplemented by a safety margin. This ensures that the EPDs are appropriate for most manufacturers.

Model EPDs are generated on the basis of the average documents, which can be transferred to manufacturers with little laborious effort.

A model EPD cannot highlight specific qualities of the construction product that are appropriate for competitive differentiation.

The verified Environmental Product Declaration applies exclusively for the products named in the declaration.

All advantages at a glance

Quality assurance through accreditation for future-proof products and services

Product and industry knowledge of the ift auditors

Time and cost effective EPD compilation

Competitive edges by standing out from market competitors

Comply with invitation to tenders and general conditions

How do the values for model EPDs come about?

As part of a publicly funded research project, ift Rosenheim worked together with industry associations to develop the basis for model EPDs.

This project was supported and funded by the participating associations QKE e.V., VFF e.V., FV S+B e.V. and the BF e.V. as well as the research initiative Future Construction of the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR).

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The way to the model EPD

The ift order forms for model EPDs enable simple and cost-effective generation of an EPD for average products. In this process, EPDs are generated in a time-saving and cost-effective manner on the basis of model EPDs by confirming various framework conditions. This system is especially appropriate for handicraft and medium-sized companies.

The prerequisite for generating an EPD on the basis of a model EPD is that the user registers free of charge at www.ift-service.de as well as complying fully with the Terms of Use for the generation of model EPDs.

The following documents are required for the creation of a model EPD:

  • Completed and signed order form
  • Company logo (format: PNG, JPG or GIF in RGB mode)

The price for ift members and association members is € 407. Without membership, the creation of an EPD costs € 613 (in each case plus VAT of currently 19%).

The EPD will be sent to the user only after receipt of payment by the supplier.

Product Category Rules - PCRs

PCRs provide general rules for the preparation of EPDs and are structured like regulations or guidlines. The basis for the development of PCR documents are the standards DIN EN ISO 14025 and DIN EN 15804.

The Product Category Rules (PCRs) of ift Rosenheim are divided into two parts and marked accordingly. Part A contains general rules and the separate Part B contains product group-specific rules. The PCRs are to be used in the preparation of EPDs according to the program operation for the preparation of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) of ift Rosenheim.

Expert Committee - Validation of PCR documents

The following members of the Expert Committee carry out the validation of the PCR documents and thus vouch for their accuracy

  • Mr. Dr. Torsten Mielecke, Life Cycle Engineering Experts GmbH (Chairman)

  • Mr. Frank Koos, Verband Fenster + Fassade e.V. (Association for Windows and Facades)

  • Mr. Prof. Jörn P. Lass, ift Rosenheim GmbH

  • Mrs. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sandra Krommes, Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences

  • Mrs. Dr. Andrea Berglehner, OmniCert Umweltgutachter GmbH

  • Mr. Sebastian Rienäcker, Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) at the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR)