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First Access Floor EPD in Australasia




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Catalyst is excited to have worked with Australian company, ASP Access Floors Pty Ltd, to undertake a full life cycle assessment of its flooring system, gaining the first Environmental Product Declaration (EDP) for a flooring system in Australasia.

ASP Access Floors Pty Ltd offers revolutionary raised access floor technologies.

In late 2012 ASP Floors contacted Catalyst for help with a tender document. We worked with ASP to undertake a carbon footprint analysis of its main flooring system, have it verified and certified, and have it offset. This was a requirement of the tender as the client, Lend Lease, was at the time designing and managing the construction of three high rise commercial and residential towers on the Sydney waterfront with low and ambitious embodied carbon targets.

The building manager at Lend Lease was very impressed with ASP Floors level of commitment. ASP Floors was highly satisfied with the result. For more about this project, visit an earlier newsletter item here.

That project provided a strong point of difference between ASP and its competitors, helping them take the lead in terms of environmental initiatives. The process also made ASP aware of the major elements of its business that were responsible for carbon emissions.

After this success, ASP decided to take a further step on its sustainability journey. Based on the experience built with their product carbon footprint, they decided in early 2016 to kick off the first Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) project ever undertaken in Australasia for an access floor system.

An EPD encompasses a range of environmental indicators such as global warming potential, resources depletion, air acidification, and ozone layer depletion across the whole product supply chain. It is an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products. For more about EPDs see our short presentation here.

As part of the EPD, internationally recognised life cycle assessment methodology was used to compare different access floor systems provided by ASP Access Floors. The EPD will allow ASP to:

-          Better understand the whole environmental impacts of their products

-          Identify hotspots and ways to improve

-          Claim points for GreenStar certification

-          Differentiate their product even further in the marketplace

The EPD will soon be published under the Australasian EPD Programme, so watch that space if you want to see the final document.

It has been a delight to work with ASP Floors on these projects over the last few years. We look forward to sharing with them in the value the EPD will provide. By going down this path ASP Floors has positioned itself as a sustainability leader within the Australasian construction industry and the business can only grow as a result.

If you have any questions about EPDs, how to undertake them and how they can benefit your organisation, please contact Wymond to chat.

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