The Metal Construction Association (MCA) has released three updated Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The subjects of the updated papers are Metal Composite Materials (MCM), Insulated Metal Panels (IMP), and Roll Formed Aluminum and Steel Cladding.
These three documents provide key data on the manufacturing and use of these products and discuss the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and environmental impacts associated from the use of metal cladding in construction.
EPD for Metal Composite Material Panels
This EPD discusses MCM product definition, the basic material and its origin, product manufacture and processing, in-use conditions, life cycle assessment results, and testing results and verifications. Information on a significant number of performance standards in the area of fire, system performance, and finishes are detailed.
EPD for Insulated Metal Panels
This paper provides LCA-based information about the environmental aspects of IMPs. It describes the history, manufacture, and use of IMP panels and systems and investigates product lifespan from raw material supply, manufacturing, application, maintenance, performance standards, energy use, water use, demolition, and waste recovery or recycling.
EPD for Roll Formed Aluminum and Steel Cladding for Roofs and Walls
This EPD details the manufacture process of role forming metal materials into a finished product. The forming process, which can be accomplished either in line or in the field, is also discussed, as well as the products’ environmental aspects and impact.
“These updated documents, developed under the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), provide an invaluable resource for architects to assess the environmental impacts associated with these products and systems and meet LEED requirements,” says MCA Executive Director Jeff Henry.