David Fraser, Sika Facade Specialist – Structural Adhesives, Sika UK
Having had two market-leading adhesive fixing solutions independently verified for a full range of environmental impacts, Sika can now offer specifiers transparent life cycle data in the form of official Environmental Product Declarations, helping them to accurately compare products’ environmental performance.
An EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the environmental impact of products across their whole life cycle. Model EPDs have now been introduced and verified for two high performance structural adhesives for rainscreen fixing cladding panels, namely SikaTack Panel and SikaTack Panel-50.
While an EPD does not imply that a declared product is environmentally superior to alternatives, it enables specifiers to compare products within each category on their environmental impacts, using third-party verified data. For projects aiming for high sustainability scores such as those seeking BREEAM ratings, the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) data provided within EPDs can be included in the evaluation of a building, helping towards achievement of the necessary credits required.