Vetrotech Saint-Gobain first fire-rated glass ceramic fabricator to assess products' environmental footprint
The life cycle assessment is the most rigorous and complete method for assessing the environmental footprint of a product or service.
Keralite installed in office windows. Photo credit: Vetrotech Saint-Gobain USA
July 10, 2014
As a Saint-Gobain company, Vetrotech Saint–Gobain innovates when it comes to caring for the environment. Vetrotech is the first fire-rated glass company in the world to have made a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA) of fire-rated glazing products. The life cycle assessment is the most rigorous and complete method for assessing the environmental footprint of a product or service, in a fully transparent way. The results of these LCAs are validated by an independent third-party organization and reported in the form of an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). The EPD for Keralite, from the Sustainable Solutions Corporation, has recently been published on the UL’s sustainable products guide for energy efficient products.
Life Cycle Assessment is a rigorous and transparent tool used to assess a product’s environmental footprint. Vetrotech has embraced this approach, working as close as possible to its products, to minimize their environmental impacts and eco-innovate for new glazing generations.
The recently published EPD may be downloaded from the Vetrotech web-site at the link provided here.
About Vetrotech Saint-Gobain
Vetrotech Saint-Gobain is a leading producer of fire-resistant glass products with more than 30 years of experience. Our products are available worldwide through a network of local sales offices and regional production facilities. We research, develop and produce clear fire-resistant glass solutions for maximum protection of people and property; our glass combines both form and function, accommodating impact safety, multi-comfort, security and decorative features.
A diverse range of product technologies and manufacturing processes makes our approach unique. It allows us to propose the most appropriate solution, and offer the full spectrum of fire resistance classifications, to meet virtually any challenge. We are continually testing and certifying our glass within our own and other fire-resistant framing systems and glazed building elements. As a result, we offer the most diverse range of applications, to be integrated perfectly alongside non-fire-rated glass types. For more information about Vetrotech Saint-Gobain in North America, connect with the company on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings.
The company has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.9 billion in 2013. Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012 and 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.