ACC Contact: Jennifer Killinger, (202) 249-6619  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (October 6, 2011) - On behalf of a broad coalition of trade associations representing building insulation manufacturers, the American Chemistry Council (ACC) today welcomed UL Environment's release of a Product Category Rule (PCR) for thermal building envelope insulation in the United States

The new rules will enable product manufacturers to prepare Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)-a single, comprehensive disclosure of a product's environmental impacts-using a consistent and transparent methodology. The PCR also describes the scope of the assessment and specifies detailed requirements for the disclosure of additional environmental and health information for those manufacturers wishing to develop EPDs.

Builders, architects and specifiers rely on third-party validated EPDs to make informed decisions about what building materials are best suited for a particular structure.

EPDs are rooted in lifecycle analysis, an approach to performance measurement that quantifies environmental impacts at all stages in a product's lifecycle-from raw materials extraction and manufacturing to shipping, installation, use and finally recycling, recovery or disposal. ACC has long supported lifecycle-based approaches to evaluating environmental performance.

"Today we applaud all participants in the development of the U.S. PCR for thermal building envelope insulation," said Steve Russell , Vice President of ACC's Plastics Division. "Completion of a consensus-based PCR is a significant achievement, a clear indicator of mutual recognition of environmental fundamentals, and an acknowledgement that product performance is best understood through holistic, lifecycle-based thinking." This is one of the first PCRs for a building product category completed in the United States, Russell added.

Available on UL Environment's website, " Thermal Building Envelope Insulation PCR (UL110116) ," covers insulation products including, but not limited to, cellular glass, mineral fiber insulation (rock, slag or glass), cellulose-based insulation, textile-based insulation and polymer insulation. 

ACC convened representatives from the following U.S. trade associations as well as industry experts and other stakeholders to develop a PCR applicable to the United States:

  • Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association (CIMA)
  • Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI)
  • Expanded Polystyrene Molders Association (EPSMA)
  • Extruded Polystyrene Foam Association (XPSA)
  • North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA)
  • Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers  Association (PIMA)
  • Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA)

ACC is continuing to facilitate the development of PCRs for other types of building products.

UL Environment served as the EPD Program Operator, developing and registering the PCR, and will now verify and register EPDs submitted for thermal insulation products. EPDs verified and registered by UL Environment will be made available in an online database of certified products.


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