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Armaflex materials awarded A rating in the Green Guide

The BRE (Building Research Establishment) has now added pipe insulation products to their Green Guide to Specification, with Armaflex nitrile rubber insulation materials, receiving an A rating. Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are also available for Armaflex materials, meaning that under MAT 04 a tier 2 points uplift to 2.75 points is achieved.


The Green Guide ratings compare the environmental impact of construction products on a scale of A to E, with A referring to products with the lowest environmental impact and E rated products having a high impact. An A rating for nitrile rubber insulation validates the low environmental impact of Armaflex and its contribution towards delivering sustainable buildings.

Green Guide ratings are determined by a number of factors, taking into account the whole lifecycle of the product, from manufacture to disposal. The Green Guide assesses the following impact categories:
    1. Climate Change
    7. Nuclear Waste
    2. Water Extraction
    8. Waste Disposal
    3. Mineral Resource Extraction
    9. Fossil Fuel Depletion
    4. Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
    10. Eutrophication
    5. Human Toxicity
    11. Photochemical Ozone Creation
    6. Ecotoxicity to Freshwater and Land
    12. Acidification

How are the ratings used?
BRE’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) provides a system for assessing the environmental performance of buildings, with buildings certified as a Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent or Outstanding, depending on the overall credits achieved for the building. There are a number of sections within the BREEAM scheme where credits are available, with Green Guide ratings relevant for the Materials section. Here BREEAM credits can be achieved for the building by specifying products with a good Green Guide rating.

Mat04 under the Materials section deals with insulation products: “To recognize and encourage the use of thermal insulation which has a low embodied environmental impact relative to its thermal properties.” The points available for each Green Guide rating are:
Green Guide Rating
Points
A+
3
A
2
B
1
C
0.5
D
0.25
E
0

Environmental Product Declarations
BREEAM also awards a points uplift for products that have an independently verified third party Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), covering part or whole of the life cycle. The table below sets out the EPD uplift points available:
Green Guide Rating
Points
EPD Tier 1 max points uplift
EPD Tier 2 Max Points uplift
A+
3
1
0.75
A
2
1
0.75
B
1
1
0.5
C
0.5
0.5
0.25
D
0.25
0.25
0.125
E
0
0
0
Tier 1 = 3rd party verified, cradle-to-grave EPD
Tier 2 = 3rd party verified, cradle-to-gate or cradle-to-gate with options EPD

Armacell has independently verified EPDs compliant with ISO 15804 and ISO 14025 for AF/Armaflex Class O, AF/Armaflex, Armaflex Ultima, HT/Armaflex and NH/Armaflex. The EPDs are classed as ‘cradle-to-gate with options’ (Tier 2). So with a generic Green Guide rating of A and an EPD Tier 2 uplift, Armaflex products achieve 2.75 points.

The generic Green Guide ratings can be found online at www.thegreenguide.org.uk. A summary for the ratings for nitrile rubber insulation products is given in the table below:
Application Type
Product Type
Element Number
Summary Rating
Domestic heating & hot water
Nitrile rubber pipe insulation
1635800004
A
BOTD Hot Water
Nitrile rubber pipe insulation
1636810004
A
BOTD Heating
Nitrile rubber pipe insulation
1637820004
A
BOTD Chilled Water 10C
Nitrile rubber pipe insulation
1638830004
A
BOTD Chilled Water 5C
Nitrile rubber pipe insulation
1639840004
A
BOTD Chilled Water 0C
Nitrile rubber pipe insulation
1640850004
A

Armacell also has ISO 14001 certification to meet the requirements under Mat03 Responsible Sourcing of Materials. Should you require any further information on this development please contact our Technical Support on 0161 287 7038 or email info.uk@armacell.com.



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