IGBC has developed the EPD Ireland programme. This allows Irish producers to create an Environmental Product Declaration for their product, using Product Category Rules (PCR) for Ireland and have it verified and published on a national platform.
About the development of the EPD Ireland Programme
IGBC started developing the EPD Ireland programme in early 2017 with the support of EPA’s Green Enterprise programme. IGBC started an operational programme in March 2018 with the first EPD published under the programme in June 2018.
IGBC is an established programme operator audited by Eco Platform the organisation of European EPD programme operators to ensure the quality of the programme and its adherence to EN 15804, and maximise harmonisation of the quality of EPD programmes across Europe.
Why has IGBC developed EPD Ireland
EPD provide the data for carrying out Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and embodied carbon calculation at the building level. In 2015 IGBC developed a business plan to mainstream embodied carbon calculation in Ireland. This included 4 steps:
- Establish EPD programme to develop quality data
- Make available generic data where specific product information missing.
- Develop Calculation tools
- Provide training to professionals in the use of LCA.
IGBC is currently working on the 3rd and 4th steps. For what concern the calculation tool, we collaborated with One Click LCA which has recently released a Free Embodied Carbon tool called Planetary. The software includes all EPD Ireland’s data.
IGBC is also in the process of digitalising all EPDs. The data will be hosted on ECO Portal, available to international specifiers. This will allow the data from EPD Ireland to be integrated into BIM enabled software, making quality data available to Irish construction professionals using building level LCA.
Regarding LCA training for professionals, you can find a list of the upcoming ones here, called “Whole Life Carbon Training”.
Product Category Rules
All EPD developed and published by EPD Ireland must comply with the programme Product Category Rules (PCR). This document sets out the rules for developing EPD in Ireland. This states that I.S. EN 15804:2012  and the associated guidance document CEN TR 16970:2016 form the core PCR with the supplementary requirements set out in the document including:
- Environmental impact categories that are mandatory for use in the environmental impacts in the Environmental Product Declarations (EPD).
- Resource use categories that are mandatory for inclusion in the EPDs.
- Life cycle stage modules that are mandatory for inclusion in the EPDs.
- Establishes default values for Module A4, transportation of goods from factory gate to place of use.
- Establishes default values for loss in the form of construction waste.
- Establishes default values for end of life scenarios waste to energy.
The document can be downloaded here. Final reviewed PCR 29.06.18
We are currently in the process of revising our PCR according to the new EN 15804 +A2 2019. This standard will become mandatory in July 2022 and the main change will include reporting on the end of life modules and additional mandatory environmental indicators.
General Programme Instructions.
This document sets out how the EPD Ireland programme is run in compliance with ISO 14025, the procedures for the EPD Ireland programme, independent review and verification of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), the independence and competencies of verifiers and other rules pertaining to the quality and independence of EPD. It sets out the scale of fees for verification, and publication of EPD through the EPD Ireland programme.
Please refer to this document for further information on the programme. General Programme Instructions_Jan_19
IGBC is a member of Eco Platform the organisation of European EPD programme operators to ensure the quality of the programme and its adherence to EN 15804, and maximise harmonisation of the quality of EPD programmes across Europe. The EPD Ireland programme has been successfully audited by ECO Platform and EPD published by the programme can carry the ECO Platform logo. All EPD Ireland published EPD are simultaneously published on the ECO Platform website ensuring that the EPD are made visible to specifiers across Europe.
In late 2020, ECO Platform launched ECO Portal, a central access point for users to digital EPD data. We are in the process of digitalising our existing EPDs and switch our EPD development process to a cloud base one in order to provide both PDF and digital version of EPDs. All our EPDs will be soon available on ECO Portal.
EPD Ireland programme verifiers.
IGBC independently appoints EPD verifiers to verify the LCA carried out by the manufacturer’s consultants once requested by the manufacturer. The EPD verifier follows a standard procedure and checklist to verify the LCA completed by the manufacturer’s consultant. The EPD Ireland programme’s Verifier Approval Committee have approved four highly experienced EPD and LCA experts as verifiers to its register of EPD verifiers.
|Marcel Gómez Ferrer|
For information on the verification and publication fees please see here.