Product Declarations and Certificates
BRE Global Environmental Profile and Certificate
The British building sustainability assessment BREEAM "BRE Environmental Assessment Method" is currently the leading and most widely used certification method for buildings.
RHEINZINK coils and sheets have been certified by BRE Global (British Research Establishment Ltd.) as environmentally-friendly construction products. As with the EPD’s evaluation, this evaluation is also based on a "cradle to grave" life cycle analysis of the material. The environmental impact is converted into "ecopoints" per tonne of material. The annual environmental impact of an inhabitant of Western Europe equals 100 ecopoints.
The overall evaluation is carried out on the basis of different construction elements, i.e. all the materials required for 1 m² roof or façade are included. Transportation, maintenance, lifetime and required processes at the end of the product’s useful life are taken into consideration to calculate the environmental impact based on a 60 year study period ("cradle to grave"). The result is presented in ecopoints pro m² and translated into easy-to-interpret ratings from A+ to E.
RHEINZINK roof coverings and standing seam façade linings have been awarded an A+ rating. This and other ratings for RHEINZINK roof and façade components can be found on the free-of-charge online database www.greenbooklive.com. Go to Search all GBL and simply enter RHEINZINK under Company Name.
IBU Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) according to ISO 14025 Type III und EN 15804
At the end of the 90s, our material RHEINZINK was already declared an environmentally friendly construction product in accordance with ISO 14025 Type III (Environmental Product Declaration - EPD) according to a comprehensive evaluation of its entire life cycle by the committee of the IBU (Institute Construction and Environment e. V.). Since January 2013, we have been one of the first metal manufacturers to possess EPDs in accordance with the new standard EN 15804 (Sustainability of Construction Works – Environmental Product Declarations - Core Rules for the Product Category of Construction Products), for our bright rolled and pre-weathered surface qualities.
EPDs according to ISO 14025 Typ III and EN 15804 form the fundamental data for the environmental assessment of a building, e.g. for the production of a life cycle assessment in the framework of the German DGNB certification system.
C2C Cradle to Cradle Certificate
In March 2009 RHEINZINK was awarded certification according to the "Cradle to Cradle" criteria. Cradle to Cradle is based on the philosophy that all materials can be recycled into a new product without loss of quality including their residual materials, thus taking account of the entire life cycle from generation of the material until its reuse. Cradle to Cradle differs from recycling in that a material retains its original value and can be reused as a new item of at least equal value (upcycling) and not as an inferior product (downcycling) or even worse, as a product only fit for landfill.
This desirable technical and biological cycle avoids waste and environmental pollution. In addition, there is the requirement that a material must not release any toxic substances during usage, deconstruction and recycling into a new product.
RHEINZINK's roof coverings and facade claddings have been awarded the status “Bronze” by the MBDC Institute. Cradle to Cradle certification applies to all RHEINZINK roof and facade products of the CLASSIC Line and the prePATINA Line including the complete roof drainage system. Categorisation is reviewed by MBDC on an annual basis and the product recategorised. Certification according to the Cradle to Cradle criteria confirms RHEINZINK's claim of operating an environmentally friendly business.