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Oldcastle Architectural announced that its Echelon Trenwyth® CMU block and InsulTech™ wall system has obtained an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) under ASTM C90 guidelines for loadbearing concrete masonry. Certified by United Laboratories (UL) Environment, these reports can help customers better assess and select products that may contribute to LEED v4, the upcoming revised Green Building rating programs taking effect in November 2016, as well as provide overall assistance with more sustainable designs. The Trenwyth and InsulTech EPD is listed on their website at www.UL.com/EPD. As an EPD Program Operator, UL Environment helps manufacturers locate existing or create new product category rules and then certifies that all information in a manufacturer’s finished EPD is accurate.
The EPD study defines Concrete Masonry Units (CMUs) as modular architectural concrete blocks commonly used in load-bearing walls of building foundations. This includes the impacts of CMUs from Trenwyth’s multiple products, including: Astra-Glaze SW+, Verastone, Verastone Plus, Trendstone, Trendstone Plus, Mesastone and Split Face as well as the InsulTech wall system. InsulTech is a complete, thermally broken insulated masonry system which offers high thermal efficiency, combining a pre-assembled structural masonry unit, molded EPS insulation insert and a Trenwyth veneer exterior face.
“By offering EPDs for Trenwyth CMUs and InsulTech wall system, architects, designers and construction professionals can more accurately assess environmental life cycle impacts,” said Ken O’Neill, Executive Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development for Oldcastle APG. “This can greatly improve their ability to use masonry products to meet new LEED v4 guidelines and reach their everyday sustainability goals.”
The scope of the UL-certified EPD study includes raw material sourcing/extraction, transport of raw materials in/manufacturing wastes out and manufacturing. In accordance with ISO 14025, the EPD relies on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) to provide information on a number of environmental impacts of products over their life cycle. Designed as a guide, they do not indicate that any environmental or social performance benchmarks are met, and there may be impacts that they do not encompass. For more information, visit EchelonMasonry.com.
About Echelon Masonry
Echelon is the consolidated brand for all masonry products and services of Oldcastle Architectural including Trenwyth® Architectural Masonry, Artisan Masonry Stone Veneers®, Quik-Brik® Concrete Masonry Units, Amerimix® Bagged Goods and a complete portfolio of Performance Upgrades. As a single source masonry portfolio solution, Echelon delivers consistent, reliable product manufactured locally at more than 150 locations and delivered by an unrivaled logistics network. For more information, visit EchelonMasonry.com.
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