GAF is ready for the new LEED® v4 industry transparency criteria with EPD and HPD declarations for GAF products
Wayne, NJ – GAF, North America's largest roofing manufacturer, announced today a milestone in their role as sustainability leaders. GAF received NSF-ISO compliant Type III Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for its EverGuard® TPO and EverGuard Extreme® roofing products. An EPD is an internationally recognized, standardized method used to analyze and communicate the lifecycle environmental and human health impacts of products or services. Impacts addressed include areas such as energy use, emissions to air, soil, water, and waste generation.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will launch the new LEED® v4 green building rating system at Greenbuild® this month, which includes major changes to the Materials and Resources category, specifically seeking more transparency around the environmental and health impacts of building materials and products. The GAF EPDs contribute directly towards achieving the Whole Building Life-Cycle Impact Reduction and Environmental Product Disclosure credits in LEED® v4.
As part of the GAF v4-Ready Roofing Manufacturer campaign for LEED®, GAF is also contributing with Health Product Declarations (HPD) for their EnergyGuard™ Polyiso Insulation as well as the EverGuard® TPO roofing products. HPDs disclose product content and related health concerns that are not typically reported. Two years ago, GAF participated in the industry pilot program through the Health Product Collaborative. Since the pilot, the system has grown and improved dramatically, and will now contribute to the LEED® v4 credit for Material Ingredient Reporting for Building Product Disclosure and Optimization.
"As USGBC Platinum Members, we are proud to support the introduction of LEED® version 4," said Martin Grohman, GAF director of sustainability. "We feel it is a major step forward. Project teams targeting Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits can find our full listings on GreenWizard and ecoScorecard™."
GAF products also contribute to additional LEED® credits such as Heat Island Reduction through cool roofing, its GardenScape™ Roofing Systems, and recycled content in numerous GAF products, including asphalt shingles. Sustainable manufacturing practices are incorporated at GAF manufacturing plants, and two plants hold UL Environmental Claims Validation Landfill Diversion certifications.
GAF is a Platinum level member at USGBC, a commitment level held by very few organizations or manufacturers. Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company's products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple for contractors, specifiers, and property owners alike. In 2011, GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles and, in 2012, it introduced the GAF Lifetime Roofing System.
With a focus on social responsibility, GAF has developed Advanced Protection® Shingle Technology, which provides superior durability and wind resistance while reducing the use of scarce natural resources. The company has also developed single-ply and asphaltic membranes with superior durability and high reflectivity to meet the most rigorous industry standards while helping commercial property owners and designers reduce energy consumption.
GAF also supports the roofing industry through CARE, the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, which has provided education to over 125,000 professionals. CARE's mission is to help professional contractors and distributors build their businesses through sales and management education, and to provide product and installation training to contractors, distributors, architects, property owners, and related industry personnel. For more information about GAF, visit www.gaf.com.
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