The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) and ASTM International have developed Product Category Rules (PCR) for asphalt roofing in North America. The new PCR will provide consistent methodologies for asphalt roofing manufacturers to measure and report the expected environmental impact of their products. This new document can be accessed for free on ASTM International’s website (www.astm.org/certification).
PCRs provide guidelines for developing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for a specific product group. PCRs streamline the process through which products are measured and their environmental impacts communicated.
Asphalt roofing manufacturers can use these guidelines to review their own products and develop an EPD. An EPD uses the data collected through PCR guidelines to provide comparable environmental impact data for similar products.
“This PCR is a significant, universal resource for the asphalt roofing industry,” said ARMA executive vice president Reed Hitchcock. “It provides asphalt roofing manufacturers with a way to collect, measure, and communicate data pertaining to expected product environmental impacts through an Environmental Product Declaration, and will give consumers and industry professionals new insight into asphalt roofing materials.”