Environmental Profiles Methodology
Environmental Profiles Methodology and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
The Environmental Profiles Methodology is a standardised method of identifying and assessing the environmental effects associated with building materials over their life cycle - that is their extraction, processing, use and maintenance and their eventual disposal. This Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) method is illustrated in the diagram below:
Environmental Profiles allow designers to demand reliable and comparable environmental information about competing building materials, and give suppliers the opportunity to present credible environmental information about their products. This means that designers can have confidence in the "level playing field" status of Environmental Profiles for every material type.
Certified Environmental Profiles
Many manufacturers want to demonstrate how their product compares to the industry and find ways to improve the environmental performance of their product. This is achieved through creating product specific Certified Environmental Profiles.
The Certified Environmental Profile scheme has been in operation since 2002. Certified Environmental Profiles are based on data from a detailed verification and audit process of the manufacture facility.
Benefits of Certified Environmental Profiles
Benefits of undergoing Environmental profile certification can include:
Product sales increase
Understanding supply chain impacts
Understanding of environmental impact
Identifying hotspots in process
For more information email BREEAMMaterials@bre.co.uk
Once a profile is complete it will be presented as both Ecopoints score and if relevant, a Green Guide rating. Adetailed report examining the environmental impacts of the product process and supply chain are provided to the manufacturer.