Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Company-specific Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for windows based on average EPDs
Average EPDs for all relevant product areas of the building envelope based on the general ift guideline for elaboration of type III environmental product declarations
Product-specific/company-specific EPDs for all product areas of the building envelope, if there is no average EPD for a product
You may transfer all EPDs available so far to your company with the help of our questionnaire available on the right (available in German only).
If there is no average EPD for a product, then a product-specific, specially-tailored EPD must be prepared. A specific EPD is considerably more costly and time-consuming for manufacturers, because it involves gathering and evaluating extensive data. However, the specific EPD allows detailed, representative description of the product, which can be used to describe special qualities relevant to the overall life cycle, and used as a differentiating characteristic.
All EPDs published by ift so far are available at www.ift-service.de.
Based on the average documents, samples are created, which can easily be transferred to the manufacturers.
In the course of a public research project, ift Rosenheim has prepared sample EPDs in cooperation with the industry associations. This project is supported and sponsored by the associations involved QKE e.V., VFF e.V., FV S+B e.V. and BF e.V. as well as the research initiative Zukunft Bau (Construction in the future) of the Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung (Federal Institute for Building, Urban and Space Research). Other project participants are the IBU e.V. and the PE International AG.
The following EPD are currently available:
The list below contains the PCRs that are already available (available in German only)
The following members of the Technical Experts´ Committee conduct the validation of the PCR documents and thus ensure their accuracy
Mr. Dr. Torsten Mielecke, Life Cycle Engineering Experts GmbH (Chairman)
Mr. Frank Koos, association Fenster + Fassade e.V.
Mr. Prof. Ulrich Sieberath, ift Rosenheim GmbH
Mr. Dr. Bernd Strufe, ift Rosenheim GmbH
Mrs. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sandra Krommes, Technical University of Applied Sciences Rosenheim
Mr. Thorsten Grantner, OmniCert Umweltgutachter GmbH
Mr. Stephan Rössig, Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) within the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning (BBR)
All EPDs published by ift so far, are available at www.ift-service.de
Online solution for expeditious and easy preparation of a draft EPD
The online application of "Draft EPDs" facilitates simple and low-cost preparation of an EPD for aluminium, plastic and wooden windows. In doing so, EPDs are generated automatically based on Draft EPDs by confirming various framework conditions. Data was obtained from various companies for the draft EPDs and this data is used to provide mean values in a common "data pool"; they reflect an industry-wide set of mean values and ensure, thus, that the EPDs are suitable for most manufacturers.
Carrying out the Life Cycle Assessment as the basis for an EPD
The Ecological Balance (Life Cycle Assessment) in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14040 and DIN EN ISO 14044 is a significant method for determining the impact of a product on the environment over the entire life cycle (manufacture, utilisation, post-utilisation and recycling).
The data required is collected from manufacturers with the help of questionnaires. In doing so, data about the impact on material and energy is relevant. Finally, the data can be analysed and calculated with the help of software in order to quantify the impact on the environment; such as, for example, the greenhouse potential. These are then the significant statements of an EPD.