Adapta prepares the Environmental Product Declaration for its VIVENDI collections

Adapta colour is staying true to its commitment to provide proper environmental information about our products, as outlined in our management policy. There is a clear and transparent policy to disclose the environmental profile of our operations, and thus the declaration has been drafted regarding the new line of products ADAPTA VIVENDI and ADAPTA VIVENDI SDS.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are a means of transparently disclosing information in a way that is independently verified by a third party regarding the environmental characteristic of the product on the basis of an Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). The information is split into several impact categories (global warming, depletion of the ozone layer, acidification, etc.), as well as additional information, such as emissions generated, waste generated, etc.

The EPD allows the environmental information of different products and services to be compared against other similar options. In our case, AENOR was selected as the organisation to verify the EPD according to ISO 14025 in accordance with the Product Category Rules (PCR) 2014:05 UN CPC 3511 Paints and varnishes and related products (version 1.0 from the 17/04/2014) drawn up by the International EPD® System. When comparing EPDs of similar products, it is very important to check the reference PCR followed. The PCRs define the rules that must be followed by the LCS studies, as well as what information must appear in the EPD, which means that it is possible to see the operational parameters followed to calculate the various indicators.

The Carbon Footprint, which is a contemporary indicator that provides information about the impact on climate change, is one of the indicators calculated during the preparation of the EPD and measures the amount of greenhouse gases associated with that product or activity. In reality, the carbon footprint is a simplified version of the Life Cycle Analysis (LCV), which takes into account a single category of environmental impact, that of global warming.

Version v4 of the LEED system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for sustainability in constructions gives up to two points for the use of products that have an EPD in construction or equipment. Architectural studios, specifiers, and building owners will directly benefit from the use of these products that allow the building to achieve a higher sustainability rating.

The ADAPTA VIVENDI and ADAPTA VIVENDI SDS (super durable) have been especially designed to meet the specifications required by the most demanding architectural briefs. The entire range of colour effects are available in our Vivendi catalogues, A08, A12, and in the new A16, which compiles the latest trends in surface coatings.

In addition, these collections have been tested according to the ISO standard 16000-9:2006 regarding the determination of the emission of volatile organic compounds from building and furnishing products. In light of the results the company has received the distinction of an A+ (very low emissions) for its wall, ceiling, window, and door panels.