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Saint-Gobain issues environmental product declaration

February 1, 2013
Saint-Gobain has issued an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for its Grenite® Engineered Stone Series. Compliant with ISO 14025, EPDs are internationally recognized, standardized tools that detail the environmental impact of a product.

“We commend Saint-Gobain for demonstrating their commitment toward transparency by completing and third-party certifying an EPD for their Grenite product,” said Paul Firth, EPD Product Manager at UL Environment. “UL Environment is championing disclosure of environmental impacts with the building industry to help manufacturers meet evolving green building requirements and to help architects and designers make more responsible purchasing decisions.”

To determine the product’s eligibility for an EPD, UL Environment tested one square meter of the Grenite Recycled Refractory (Birch Prada) and the Grenite Recycled Slag (Anaconda Black) line in accordance with EPD product category rules (PCRs).

UL Environment develops EPDs in five steps, including verifying the product lifecycle assessment (LCA) meets requirements defined in the PCRs. The EPD presents the results of the LCA along with additional information about the product’s performance and other sustainability attributes.

“At Saint-Gobain we believe in complete transparency about our products and receiving this EPD further demonstrates the sustainable nature of Grenite by discussing its whole story, from cradle to end-of-life,” said Diana Ohl, Product Manager, Engineered Stone, at Saint-Gobain.”

Made in the U.S. from recycled materials, Grenite contributes toward LEED® points through the USGBC. Grenite is one of the most abrasion-resistant of all countertop materials and is impervious to fungi and bacteria, making it ideal for high-traffic applications in the retail, hospitality, banking, education, healthcare, entertainment and restaurant industries. Grenite is GreenGuard certified, non-porous, durable, easy to install and does not require sealing. The Grenite product line has also achieved NSF Splash Zone and NSF Food Zone certifications, making it a great choice for commercial areas that handle and prepare food.

For more information about Saint-Gobain’s Engineered Stone, visit www.engineeredstone.saint-gobain.com or email engineeredstone@saint-gobain.com.