When architects and specifiers embark on new green building initiatives, they need to validate the environmental aspects of the building materials they use. Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are used to provide this information and to support the credibility of environmental claims.
The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has completed a multi-year effort to develop EPDs for asphalt roofing systems. These five new documents provide information that building and construction professionals can use both to support environmental aspects of roof systems as part of sustainable building projects and to better understand their impact over time. EPDs are now available for asphalt shingle roofing systems, SBS and APP modified bitumen systems, and built-up roofing systems.
ARMA worked with thinkstep, a sustainability consulting company, and with UL Environment to validate the EPDs. These comprehensive documents outline the environmental attributes associated with the manufacturing of various asphalt-related roofing materials.
ARMA’s development of these five EPDs reflects the continued use and advancement of asphalt roofing materials. In some cases, these documents are needed to fulfill requirements for green building rating systems and initiatives such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Green Globes, and the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).
“As the worldwide building and construction community continues to expand the focus on creating environmentally responsible and resource-efficient building projects, asphalt roofing has a critical role to play,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “ARMA is committed to supporting sustainable building initiatives, and we are proud to provide the industry with this important environmental information.”
“These EPDs will help architects and engineers make sustainable choices in roof design,” said Amy Ferryman, chair of ARMA’s Sustainability Task Force. “Our work to develop these resources helps ensure that the asphalt roofing industry can fully participate in increasingly important green building practices.”
The five EPDs from ARMA are now available and can be accessed on ARMA’s website.