New asphalt roofing EPDs to aid green building projects
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The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has completed a multi-year effort to develop environmental product declarations (EPDs) for asphalt roofing systems.
These five new documents provide information that building and construction professionals can use to support environmental aspects of roof systems as part of sustainable building projects and to better understand their impact over time, according to Facility Executive.
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 UL Environment to validate the EPDs. The documents outline the environmental attributes associated with the manufacturing of various asphalt-related roofing materials.
ARMA’s development of the five EPDs reflects the continued use and advancement of asphalt roofing materials. In some cases, the 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.
“These EPDs will help architects and engineers make sustainable choices in roof design,” said Amy Ferryman, chairwoman 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 EPDs from ARMA can be accessed on ARMA’s website.
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