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|Sustainability: Extrusion EPDs and LCA|
Aluminum Extrusion Environmental Product Declarations and Lifecycle Assessment
Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) have been called "Environmental Nutrition Labels" for materials and products, describing the potential environmental impact of a product through its life cycle.
In October 2016, the Aluminum Extruders Council released the most comprehensive industry-wide set of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to date that document the environmental performance of aluminum extrusions produced in the U.S. and Canada.
The EPDs quantify the "cradle-to-gate" lifecycle environmental impacts of aluminum extrusions. One EPD is for thermally-improved extrusions – of particular interest for fenestration applications – and one covers extrusions that have not been thermally improved. Both provide data for mill finish, painted and anodized products, so architects and designers can assess the environmental impacts of finishing and thermal improvement decisions.
AEC Aluminum Extrusion LCA
A Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) or EPD Background Report is the precursor to the EPD. In addition to presenting the conclusions shown in the EPD, it will provide additional detail about items such as:
The AEC EPD's are based on a detailed study of the process inputs and outputs of 11 AEC member extruders.Thirty separate facilities, located across the U.S. and Canada, with more than 85 extrusion presses and a variety of finishing and thermal improvement facilities, were included in the study. In aggregate, extrusion production of 1.7 billion pounds, or about one-third of the North American total for 2015, was covered in the study.
The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has achieved a UL Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certification. The UL EPD certification mark indicates that UL has independently reviewed and certified the manufacturer's environmental impact disclosure that constitutes the EPD. For more information, visit ul.com/epd.
Download the EPDs and LCA by clicking on the images below.
EPD Participating Companies
Thank you to the following AEC member companies that contributed their data to the AEC EPD project.