DIRTT First in Interior Prefab Industry to Standardize and Complete Environmental Product Declarations
Calgary, CA - Dec. 9, 2014 - DIRTT has set the official international standard for measuring and reporting how modular wall components measure up in terms of sustainability, with the completion of a third-party verified Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and 15 Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for prefabricated modular walls.
With the publication of these new environmental product declarations, DIRTT becomes the first and only modular wall manufacturer to:
- Lead the industry move to greater transparency by funding development of the first industry PCR;
- Scientifically measure the environmental impacts of its products through the entire life cycle; and
- Publish EPDs for five configurations, in three different factories, for a total of 15 EPDs.
DIRTT worked with a respected third-party environmental data and software company, Climate Earth, who performed the life cycle assessment (LCA). The LCA measured the environmental impacts across the entire life cycle of DIRTT products, from gathering the raw materials to manufacturing, transporting, installing and recycling or disposing of them. The LCA provides the needed environmental information to produce the EPDs.
"Customers are asking for more information about the products and solutions they buy," says Chris Erickson, CEO of Climate Earth. "In many ways EPDs mimic the nutrition label on food in that they provide the facts and the transparency needed to make an informed purchasing decision. DIRTT is now leading its industry in increased transparency regarding environmental impact."
DIRTT also sponsored development of the global Product Category Rules (PCR) for interior prefab modular walls. The Institute for Environmental Research and Education (IERE) led the PCR process. IERE is a leading not-for-profit organization that established the first Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program in North America. The PCR defines the guidelines and requirements for EPDs in a particular category and sets a scientifically sound comparative standard for other companies in the construction industry to adapt and follow, resulting in more transparent, sustainable, environmentally friendly product choices for customers.
"Customers are increasingly concerned with environmental footprint and there is growing demand for manufacturers to publish their sustainability credentials, so we're proud to say we've set a new standard in transparency,"says Scott Jenkins, President of DIRTT. "We all need to change behaviors to decrease our impact, but you can’t change behaviors unless you measure them first. DIRTT has now measured ours and we’re ready to seize the opportunity to reduce our impact."
For more specific information about DIRTT's EPDs, please visit: http://iere.org/index-php/programs/earthsure/earthsure-epds.htm
DIRTT Environmental Solutions (Doing It Right This Time) uses its proprietary 3D software to design, manufacture and install fully customized prefab interiors. Our customers in the corporate, government, education and healthcare sectors benefit from DIRTT's precise design and costing; rapid lead times with the highest levels of customization and flexibility; and faster, cleaner construction.
DIRTT's manufacturing facilities are in Phoenix, Savannah, Kelowna and Calgary. DIRTT's teams support more than 100 sales distribution partners throughout North America, the Middle East and Asia. For more information please visit dirtt.net.
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