Owens Corning Expands Product Life Cycle Assessments to Answer Specifiers’ Need for Greater Transparency

Owens Corning Announces 11 New Environmental Product Declarations and Material Health Certificates at Greenbuild 2015 International Conference and Expo

TOLEDO, Ohio--()--Owens Corning has expanded product transparency across core commercial and residential product offerings to help architects, builders, mechanical engineers and specifiers meet the growing criteria of green building certifications. Among these certifications is the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEEDv4 credit that rewards the selection of products with environmental production declarations, or EPDs.

“Owens Corning now offers EPDs and registered MHCs across each of our commercial and residential core product offerings to help architects, designers and specifiers have access to life cycle assessment information that will help inform product selection and meet the heightened criteria for green building certifications”

The introduction of six additional registered Material Health Certificates (MHCs) through the Cradle to Cradle Certified program and five new EPDs summarizing product life-cycle assessment (LCA) reflects Owens Corning’s industry-leading commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

"Owens Corning now offers EPDs and registered MHCs across each of our commercial and residential core product offerings to help architects, designers and specifiers have access to life cycle assessment information that will help inform product selection and meet the heightened criteria for green building certifications," said Todd Fister, vice president of strategic marketing, Insulation, Owens Corning. “As a company, we are committed to providing today’s building professionals with the products, building science and transparency needed to help design and build more sustainable commercial and residential structures.”

Environmental Product Declarations

Seven additional EPDs have been issued across eleven of Owens Corning’s core commercial and residential product offerings. Architects and specifiers now have access to EPDs for several mechanical and HVAC products including:

  • 700 Series FIBERGLAS™ Insulation
  • FIBERGLAS™ Pipe Insulation
  • EcoTouch® Insulation for Metal Building (Certified R Metal Building, MBI Plus, Metal Building Utility Blanket),
  • EcoTouch® Insulation for Flexible Duct,
  • SOFTR® Duct Wrap, and
  • QuietR® Duct Board.

Owens Corning is the first roofing manufacturer to offer an EPD on asphalt roofing shingles, including Supreme® Three-Tab Shingles, Oakridge® Shingles and Duration® Series Shingles.

The new EPDs underscore Owens Corning’s commitment to meeting the growing demand for transparency in products. The company issued the first EPD for North America fiberglass insulation in November 2012 followed by the first North American extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam insulation EPD in November 2013.

Material Health Certificates

Owens Corning is also among the first companies to have products assessed against the material health requirements of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard to obtain material health certificates. Through the Material Health Registry, architects can now specify products that have been assessed against the v3.1 Material Health Certification Standard that is governed by the Institute's Certification Standards Board.

Owens Corning has registered MHCs for the following products:

  • EcoTouch® Insulation Products Unfaced
  • EcoTouch® Insulation Products – Faced
  • 700 Series FIBERGLAS™ Insulation – Faced (ASJ Max, FRK, ASJ)
  • 700 Series FIBERGLAS™ Insulation Unfaced
  • FIBERGLAS™ Pipe Insulation (ASJ Max, VaporWick®)
  • No Wrap FIBERGLAS™ Pipe Insulation
  • Owens Corning™ Air Handling Insulation
  • Thermafiber® Mineral Wool Insulation Unfaced
  • Thermafiber® Mineral Wool Insulation – Faced

For more information or to download Owens Corning’s full portfolio of EPDs and MHCs, visit www.OCBuildingSpec.com.

Sustainability Expertise in Action

To help continue the sustainability conversation, Owens Corning is hosting eight unique educational sessions addressing a wide range of sustainable building and green development topics available to all Greenbuild 2015 attendees on Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Thursday, Nov. 19 from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. in booth #2827.

A wide range of experts will present the latest findings, research and insights across a commercial and residential building topics through the following eight sessions:

  • Durable Design, presented by Dr. Achilles Karagiozis Director, Global Building Science, Owens Corning
  • Upcoming codes and policy, presented by Bill Fay, Executive Director, Energy Efficient Codes Coalition
  • Roadmap to Sustainability, presented by Gale Tedhams, Director, Products and Supply Chain Sustainability, Owens Corning
  • Comfort Standard – There is one! Presented by Dr. Achilles Karagiozis, Director, Global Building Science, Owens Corning
  • Material Health Certifications, LEED v4, presented by Stacy Glass, VP, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
  • UL/USGBC pilot harmonize PCR and EPD’s, presented by Anna Nicholson, Project Manager, Environment Product Declarations, UL Environment
  • Handprinting and Net Positive, presented by Greg Norris, Adjunct Lecturer, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Living Building Challenge, presented by James Connelly, LFA, LEED AP Director, Living Product Challenge, International Living Future Institute™
  • Commercial Builders Guide, presented by Clarke Berdan, Ph.D., Sr. Technical Services Leader, Insulation, Owens Corning

To learn about Owens Corning's 2014 Sustainability Report or to access a downloadable summary progress report, visit: http://sustainability.owenscorning.com.

About Owens Corning

Owens Corning (NYSE:OC) develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable. Ultimately Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2014 sales of $5.3 billion and employs about 15,000 people in 26 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 61 consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com.

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