Sydney-based interior fitout solutions specialist SAS International announces that it has gained independent verification for its Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its entire range of suspended ceiling systems. SAS International had only recently announced the Green Tag accreditation achieved by its products, being the only metal ceilings manufacturer to do so.

Provision of EPDs is now a requirement for construction products to meet criteria in ratings systems such as Green Star and LEED. Independently verified EPDs provide additional transparency on product declarations, offering customers a simpler reference point for specification.

Andrew Jackson, Director at SAS International explains that specifiers can find it difficult to make informed decisions on the matter of responsible sourcing. However, with independent verification of EPDs, specifiers can easily find out the sustainability of a metal pan ceiling solution.

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). The EPDs have been certified as meeting the latest ISO 14025 Product Category Rule (PCR) for construction products – BS EN 15804: 2012.

EPDs are considered when designers and clients need to compare the environmental performance of two or more similar products before specifying a solution. Previously, manufacturers would often get EPDs completed in accordance with general raw materials only, or through specialist product associations. This meant individual EPDs on specific ceiling products over the entirety of their lifecycle were not widely available, making the whole exercise of determining full environmental impact even more difficult.

SAS International is the first UK-based manufacturer to achieve 15 individual ISO 14025 EPDs, covering over 145 different grid and acoustic backing options. Alongside the recent Green Tag accreditation and minimum 25-year lifecycle of steel, specifiers can be assured of the strong sustainability credentials that SAS International’s metal pan ceiling solutions bring to a project.