As the roofing industry leader, GAF is proud to promote sustainability in all areas of our business. We want to help shape the building products and practices of the future, so we’re investing in cutting-edge sustainability practices and working with some of the most-trusted and sought after thought leaders in sustainability.
One of our latest partnerships is with the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, a non-profit LCA think tank for the construction sector. Life cycle assessment (LCA) is the science of environmental footprinting, putting real numbers on sustainability performance. LCA reports on impact measures such as global warming potential, embodied energy and potential to create smog over the entire lifetime of a product.
LCA is a powerful tool for industry. We’ve been using LCA to benchmark environmental performance of our TPO products so we can continue to look for environmental improvements. LCA also made it possible for us to develop environmental product declarations (EPDs) for for EverGuard® and EverGuard Extreme® TPO – specify those products and you’ll be closer to earning the LEED® v4 new credit for EPDs.
We’re also helping to bring the power of LCA to your design practice. We’re a collaborator in the Athena Impact Estimator for Buildings, a widely-used software tool that makes LCA accessible to construction sector professionals. Option 4 of the new LEED credit “Building life-cycle impact reduction” asks design teams to use LCA to minimize embodied environmental footprint of a new construction project. The three points available in the new LEED LCA credit are easy to earn using the Impact Estimator. You’ll find our TPO products available in the Athena databases.
We believe in sustainability performance data for products and for the buildings that use those products. That’s why we like both of these new LEED credits – EPDs to motivate manufacturers, and whole-building LCA to motivate designers. It’s progressive thinking in the evolution of sustainability. And it’s how we think at GAF.