New Global EPDs For Wallcoverings

The Wallcoverings Association announced the Environmental Product Declarations, which cover five constructions of typical and specialty products.

The Wallcoverings Association (WA) announces the release of five industry average Environmental Product Declarations for wallcoverings that were developed by IGI-The Global Wallcoverings Association. The EPDs are accepted internationally and cover five constructions of typical and specialty commercial and residential products. The development process spanned two years and included participation by manufacturers around the world including U.S.-based J. Josephson, Len-Tex , LSI Wallcovering, Roysons Corporation, and York Wallcoverings.

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The EPDs are industry average, ISO 14025, Type III, and third-party certified. They are recognized for contributing credits in the LEED v4 Material and Resources Credit 2. The EPDs report the industry average data for each of the product types and were calculated by averaging together life cycle assessment data from the participating manufacturers. These life cycle assessments follow the wallcovering industry Product Category Rules released in 2017. The EPDs were authored by Bremen, Germany-based Brands and Values and published by the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU), an EPD Program operator and global environmental solutions company. In the U.S., they are certified by UL Environments.

The five new EPDs address:

  • Vinyl Based Wallcoverings on Non-Woven Backings
  • Vinyl Wallcoverings on Cellulose Fibre Base
  • Vinyl Wallcoverings on Woven Textile Backing
  • Wallcoverings on Cellulose Fibre Base
  • Wallcoverings on Non-Woven Base

“The global wallcoverings industry has worked diligently to bring internationally accepted EPDs to the market,” said Matt Bruno, WA executive director. “The wallcoverings industry has been at the forefront of sustainability efforts, developing the multi-attribute NSF 342 Standard and the W-101 Quality Standard. Publishing EPDs was an important next step in bringing complete transparency and clarity to the sustainability process.”

The equivalent of a sustainability “nutrition label,” an EPD is a comprehensive disclosure of a product’s life cycle-based environmental impacts. It documents environmental impacts from cradle to grave and offers a picture of effects on the atmosphere, water, and earth. An EPD helps specifiers and purchasers assess life cycle impacts and environmental attributes and facilitates product evaluation using factual data that is objective and transparent.

The Wallcoverings Association is a member-based, not-for-profit organization, and its members are active in maintaining industry standards including industry average EPDs and the NSF/ANSI 342 third-party certification.


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