Koleksiyon Office Furniture Products Have Been Added to the TurCoMDat Database!
Koleksiyon Office Furniture Products Have Been Added to the TurCoMDat Database! Turkish Construction Materials Environmental Performance database – TurCoMDat, welcomes the new addition of many office furniture products from Koleksiyon Furniture. Being the only database in its kind in Turkey and one of few across the EU, TurCoMDat contains construction products manufactured in Turkey. It is developed to help green building practitioners and specifiers to find green building compliance products achieved through EPD Certification. One of the world’s leading brands,one of the biggest furniture manufacturers and exporters in Turkey, Koleksiyon Furniture continues to publish EPDs in many products thanks to its EPD Process Certification system set up to disclose the environmental performance of all its products. The EPD Process Certification system enables manufacturers such as Koleksiyon Furniture with a wide range of products to publish EPDs fast and cost-effective. Being the first of its kind in its sector, EPD Process Certification project, successfully completed by Metsims Sustainability Consulting, was invited to EPD Stakeholder Conference held in Brussels. The project was presented to wider audience as an example how to disclose EPDs at large scale. It was an opportunity to show off another great brand from Turkey with dedication in sustainability and sustainable design. With the addition of office furniture to TurCoMDat, Koleksiyon will have another platform to display products that has sustainability in its design thought process to wider market in eight different world languages to green building designers, specifiers and procurers. So far, EPD Process Certification system has produced 30 EPD certificates for 30 products and there will be more disclosures when the new designs comes to the market. All those products will be included in the TurCoMDat database. Share this:LinkedInTwitterFacebookSkypeWhatsApp
Updated Product Category Rules for Prefabricated Buildings Published!
Updated Product Category Rules for Prefabricated Buildings Published! A current version of the PCR document for prefabricated buildings has been published. This document provides Product Category Rules (PCR) for the assessment of the environmental performance of Prefabricated Buildings and the declaration of this performance by an EPD. A PCR is valid for a pre-determined period of time to ensure that it is updated at regular intervals. When the PCR is about to expire the PCR moderator shall initiate a discussion with The International EPD System how to proceed with updating the document and renewing its validity. A PCR document may be revised during its period of validity provided significant and well-justified proposals for changes or amendments are presented. See www.environdec.com for up-to-date information and the latest version. Get in touch with EPD Turkey for comments and suggestions. Share this:LinkedInTwitterFacebookSkypeWhatsApp
Fruits and Nuts Will Receive EPD Certificate!
Fruits and Nuts Will Receive EPD Certificate! The product category rules (PCR) required for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for fruits and nuts will be published soon. The PCR document will be open for comments and feedback until 31 September 2018. It is important that the opinions of representatives from Turkish food sector are presented before the publication of this PCR document. You can leave your comments via The International EPD System website, or through EPD Turkey website in Turkish. You can access any kind of information about EPD Type 3 labels and publication rules from the EPD Catalog. Share this:LinkedInTwitterFacebookSkypeWhatsApp
Tea Will Receive EPD Certificate!
Tea Will Receive EPD Certificate! The product category rules (PCR) required for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for tea will be published soon. The PCR document will be open for comments and feedback until 31 September 2018. It is important that the opinions of representatives from Turkish food sector are presented before the publication of this PCR document. You can leave your comments via The International EPD System website, or through EPD Turkey website in Turkish. You can access any kind of information about EPD Type 3 labels and publication rules from the EPD Catalog. Share this:LinkedInTwitterFacebookSkypeWhatsApp
Business Jets Will Receive EPD Certificate!
Business Jets Will Receive EPD Certificate! The product category rules (PCR) required for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for Business Jets will be published soon. The PCR document will be open for comments and feedback until 7 August 2018. You can leave your comments via The International EPD System website, or through EPD Turkey website in Turkish. You can access any kind of information about EPD Type 3 labels and publication rules from the EPD Catalog. Share this:LinkedInTwitterFacebookSkypeWhatsApp
T-shirts, Trousers, Jackets and Sweaters Will Receive EPD Certificate!
T-shirts, Trousers, Jackets and Sweaters will receive EPD Certificate! The product category rules (PCR) required for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for apparel products such as T-shirts, trousers, jackets and sweaters will be published soon. The PCR document will be open for comments and feedback until 21 August 2018. It is important that the opinions of representatives from Turkish textile sector are presented before the publication of this PCR document. You can leave your comments via The International EPD System website, or through EPD Turkey website in Turkish. You can access any kind of information about EPD Type 3 labels and publication rules from the EPD Catalog. Share this:LinkedInTwitterFacebookSkypeWhatsApp
EPD Turkey Has Been Renewed!
EPD Turkey Has Been Renewed! With the principle of providing the best and the right service, SÜRATAM – The Turkish Centre for Sustainable Production, R&D and Design renewed the website of its brand EPD Turkey. EPD Turkey is the first and only institution in Turkey, which registers and publishes ISO 14025 and EN 15804 compliant EPD (Environmental Product Declarations) documents. As EPD documents will become a serious barrier for tender offers and exports, SÜRATAM took on responsibilities and continue to be one of institutions which adds more value to Turkey. There are 170 products with EPD document and 46 climate declaration documents which are registered and published by EPD Turkey. 21 companies took steps and became a part of sustainable development in Turkey, by registering their EPD documents and becoming a member of SÜRATAM. For more detailed information about EPD Documents, you can visit our website or you can contact us. Who Is SÜRATAM? Focusing on four main activity areas of sustainable production and design, R&D, sustainable buildings and SÜRATAM Ventures, the centre continues to support R&D activities, to develop sustainable products and services, to offer research and development expertise and technical support to manufacturers on sustainable production, and to identify the needs in industry for sustainable future. With its valuable academic and advisory team, SÜRATAM aims to enable energy and resource efficient production through life cycle-oriented, sustainable design approaches. Share this:LinkedInTwitterFacebookSkypeWhatsApp
AKG Gazbeton Continues to Strengthen its Sustainability Vision!
AKG Gazbeton Continues to Strengthen its Sustainability Vision! AKG Gazbeton, which is the Turkish producer of thermally insulated, light weight, fire- and earthquake-proof blocks and plates, continues its sustainability efforts. Its updated EPD document for “Autoclaved Aerated Concrete” has been published by The International EPD System and EPD Turkey. The EPD document with registration number S-P-01259 will be valid for five more years in international systems. Leading the industry with the broadest product ranges in Turkey, AKG Gazbeton performs manufacturing under three main product categories including block products, reinforced products and Minepor Insulating Board. AKG Gazbeton has become the biggest autoclaved aerated concrete manufacturer in Turkey, with Çorlu Enterprise which commenced operations in late 2011. Exporting to more than twenty countries across the world, mainly the European Union countries, AKG Gazbeton has an annual total autoclaved aerated concrete manufacturing capacity of 1.713.960 m3, including other investments. Share this:LinkedInTwitterFacebookSkypeWhatsApp
Sustainable Construction Materials
Sustainable Construction Materials Dr. Hüdai Kara As global populations increase, there is ever increasing demand for housing. However, current mainstream building methods are unsustainable, producing large amounts of climate changing emissions such as CO2 both during construction and throughout a building’s life. The word “sustainability” is started to become mainstream. Oxford dictionary explains the word sustainable as “Conserving an ecological balance by avoiding depletion of natural resources”. So, to be sustainable we need to use the natural resources at rate of which will provide our needs as well as secure the needs of future generations. Why building sector and building materials are important from sustainability viewpoint one might ask. Perhaps, the numbers below would convince us to their importance: “Construction and use of our buildings in the EU influence 42% of our final energy consumption, about 35% of our greenhouse gas emissions, more than 50% of all extracted materials and 30% of our water consumption” The sector further gives rise to about 35% of total generated waste. The massive resource use is naturally related to important environmental impacts. In the UK, construction uses vast quantities of fossil fuels, accounting for over half of total carbon emissions that lead to climate change. The built environment is also responsible for significant amounts of air, soil and water pollution, and millions of tones of landfill waste. This is a situation that clearly needs to change. Sustainable Construction is the adoption of materials and products in buildings and construction that will require less use of natural resources and increase the reusability of such materials and products for the same or similar purpose, thereby reducing waste as well. Sustainable construction adoption of materials and products in buildings and construction that will require less use of natural resources and increase the reusability of such materials. Steel, other metals, glass and prefabricated parts using combinations of these, as well as recyclable substitutes for concrete are examples of sustainable materials and products. Embodied Energy versus Operational Energy There are two important source of resource use for a building: construction stage and operation stage. Construction stage involves use of materials such as concrete, steel, brick, insulation materials etc. To produce these materials, lots of energy needed. This energy is called “embodied energy”. Embodied energy is the amount of energy consumed to extract, refine, process, transport and fabricate a material. Operational energy is used for lighting, heating and running our everyday devices. Roughly speaking, through the overall lifetime of an entire building it is the building operations that will account for approximately 75 percent of energy use and carbon footprint, leaving about 25 percent embodied in the products. However, if you look at the same building in the near term, the energy and corresponding carbon footprint embodied in the building materials is a much higher ratio. This comes from the simple observation that all of the CO2 emissions embodied in products have already been released prior to the building ever being operational, and it can take years for the emissions from operations (i.e., energy use) to catch up. In fact, the typical building can operate on the order of 15 or 20 years before its operations match the amount of embodied carbon in the products that went into it. So, a building constructed in 2010 could find in the year 2030 that its total carbon footprint up to that point in its life is made up of only 55 per cent from operations while a whopping 45 per cent is still attributed to the products. Hence, there is a dramatic need to reduce the carbon footprint not only of the buildings, but the products as well. Relationship between embodied and operational energy over building lifetime Currently, construction sector is focusing on reducing operational energy requirements of buildings through energy efficiency. This is achieved by not only building design but also use of insulation materials. Use of the right materials in terms of insulation properties is very important. There is however also a need to use sustainable materials. That is to say materials with low embodied energy and carbon. As seen from the graph below, concrete seems to be a very good material to have. In reality this is not true. Because the amount of materials used in a construction is different. Therefore one needs to look at their use in a building environment. As shown in the figure below, impact of concrete, plastics and metals becomes prominent. Comparison of embodied energy of construction materials per tone of product Comparison of embodied energy of construction materials based on their use in a building Insulation is a key component of sustainable building design. A well insulated home reduces energy bills by keeping warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and this in turn cuts down carbon emissions linked to global climate change. In terms of energy efficiency, investing in high levels of insulation materials for your home is more cost-effective than investing in expensive heating technologies. It is worth taking the time to choose the right materials in the context of whole building design. Insulation materials work by resisting heat flow, measured by an R-value (the higher the R-value, the greater the insulation). This R-value varies according to material type, density and thickness. As reduction of operational energy is very much related to the insulation materials used, their sustainability performance becomes important as well. Such performance can be assessed with ISO 14040/44 Life Cycle Assessment standards. A life cycle assessment (LCA) is an analysis of every component or phase of a product’s manufacture, use and end of life. The life cycle phases of any material or product: extraction of raw materials, manufacturing into a finished product, construction, use in the building, and end of life disposal or recycling/re-use By using LCA, we can compare all products like for like based on their functional unit. This comparison is shown below for common insulation materials. Comparison of insulation materials for fixed value of insulation (U=0.80 W/m2.K) With the inevitability of declining fossil fuels, and the threat of global climate change, reducing our energy consumption is an essential survival strategy. Choosing to build green saves energy. The low embodied energy of green products ensures that very little energy went into their manufacture and production, with a direct reduction in carbon emissions. Eco friendly design methodology can further reduce energy consumption by minimising energy inputs for heating, cooling and light, and incorporating energy efficient appliances. Saving energy for the occupant also saves money – an issue that will become increasingly important as the cost of fossil fuels inevitably rises in the near future.  EU Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, (COM(2011) 571) Share this:LinkedInTwitterFacebookSkypeWhatsApp