Koskisen’s plywood and chipboard have received an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), a certified document that communicates information about a product’s environmental life cycle impacts. An EPD provides information on, for example, the emissions resulting from the manufacture of the product, the product’s environmental impacts, use of resources and land use.
An EPD is a standardised way (EN 15804 + A1) of reliably presenting relevant, verified and comparable information about a product’s total environmental impacts, based on a life-cycle assessment (LCA). EPD calculations are always verified by a third party.
Construction product EPDs help contractors, developers and designers better understand the environmental issues related to construction products and materials. The life-cycle environmental impacts of products are important criteria when selecting materials and calculating the carbon footprint of buildings.
The environmental impacts arising during the life cycle of a product include, for example, their impact on climate change, which takes into account the carbon footprint, ozone-depleting substances, emissions that cause acidification of the soil and water systems, emissions that cause eutrophication, and the depletion of non-renewable energy resources and material streams.
Koskisen has drawn up EPDs for the following panel products: uncoated birch plywood KoskiStandard, phenol coated birch plywood and uncoated chipboard and melamine coated chipboard.