SAS International , the Sydney-based manufacturer of interior fitout solutions, has received Green Tag accreditation for its metal ceilings.

The first metal ceiling manufacturer to have its products accredited to Green Tag, SAS International, with its latest achievement, is able to demonstrate its environmental credentials to clients, architects and builders with easy to reference and reliable information on its products.

ecospecifier's Green Tag is a third party, green building product rating and certification system, underpinned by rigorous scientific and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) processes. The ecolabel rating positions a product within the top end of the green product market.

Andrew Jackson, Director at SAS International, explains that the validation from the Green Tag accreditation proves their true environmental credentials. Green Tag accreditation also supports their ceiling systems’ contribution to credits, which enable higher Green Star ratings and is an increasingly important consideration for their customers in Australia.

This news comes as landmark Sydney development Barangaroo South’s Tower 2 has been awarded the highest achievable 6 Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) for its world-class sustainability features. Over 200,000m² of metal ceiling systems from SAS International have been specified for the Barangaroo South project.

Making an informed decision for responsible sourcing can be complicated for developers; adherence by manufacturers to recognised environmental schemes such as Green Tag helps make the selection process easier for these builders.

SAS International was the first UK-based manufacturer to achieve 15 individual ISO 14025 Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), covering over 145 different grid and acoustic backing options. EPDs provide specifiers and clients with an ISO 14025 standardised report of data collected in the life cycle assessment (LCA) as specified by the product category rules (PCR) BS EN 15804. SAS International has also subsequently gained independent verification for these EPDs for its entire range of suspended ceiling systems.

Easy to reference information on environmental credentials is important for Green Star building ratings, as are considerations regarding whole life cycle costs. A Mat 8 credit in Green Star for example, requires a minimum of 20% post-consumer recycled content, which is achieved by the SAS metal ceiling systems.

Apart from being 100% recyclable, the steel used in SAS ceiling systems provides a minimum 25-year product life cycle.