RTS EPDs help building contractors, constructors and planners to better understand the environmental issues related to construction products and materials.
The environmental impacts of a product during its life cycle have become relevant information in order to assess the environmental performance of a building or other construction works.
EPDs according to the European standard EN 15804:2012+A1:2013 are voluntary, transparent and well established way to present fundamental and verified environmental information based on life cycle assessment about the environmental impacts of a product or product group.
The indicators referred to in the standard EN 15804:2012+A1:2013 are used to describe the environmental impacts caused during the product life cycle, including:
- climate change impact, which takes account of the so-called carbon footprint
- ozone-depleting substances, which make the ozone layer thinner
- acidifying emissions to soil and water bodies, which damage ecosystems and the built environment
- depletion of non-renewable energy resources and mineral flows resulting from the exploitation of these resources.
All RTS EPDs shall be verified by a third party. The information contained in them has been checked and proved to be a reliable source of environmental information.