This document provides the framework that enables organizations to develop studies / papers on the environmental performance of flooring products, through the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and also to report such performance through Type III Environmental Product Declarations (EPD).
The product category “masonry units” includes different types of blocks of different materials (ex .: ceramic, concrete, stone, expanded clay). Masonry is the term used to describe systems walls and buildings or similar articles, performed with natural or artificial stone blocks joined together with or without bonding mortar on horizontal rows or layers like that are repeated overlying up on each other, forming a rigid and cohesive whole. The solid and durable building blocks of stone masonry blocks can be obtained by extraction from granitic quarries or other types of rock, but can be made especially for this purpose, such as ceramic bricks (ceramic bricks) cement with aggregates, plaster or glass. Masonry units or used blocks can be drilled and solid.
Some examples listed masonry products covered by this document PCR:
- Ceramic bricks;
- Calcium silicate blocks;
- Aggregate concrete masonry units (dense and light);
- Autoclaved aerated concrete blocks;
- Reconstituted stone blocks;
- Natural stone masonry units.
An EPD performed according to this document shall communicate reliable and verifiable PCR information about the environmental performance of floor coatings. After the development of an EPD, the organization shall forward the process to a certification body recognized by the DAPHabitat System for validation of the reported information.