Urbanscape Green Roofs

Could green roofs help curb city winter air pollution crisis?

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Dec 12, 2016 4:05:19 PM

Paris is constantly entering into its emergency measures as the city struggles with exceptionally high air pollution levels. Controls on vehicles, free public transport and advice to limit intense sports and avoid large traffic sites at time of high circulation are just some of the measures being taken by the French government to protect residents from the effect of the most prolonged air pollution in the last ten years.

Paris is not the only one; Athens, Madrid and Ljubljana are just some of the Europeans cities currently taking urgent steps to control growing air pollution; a problem which according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is set to cause as many as nine million premature deaths a year around the world in the next four decades. And the World Health Organisation (WHO) has described this problem as the “world’s largest single environmental health risk”.

Unfortunately, reducing the emission of new air pollutants does not remove those that are already in the air.

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Topics: Heat island effect (UHI), air pollution, LEED, BREEAM, EPD

EPD – transparent declaration of the life-cycle environmental impact of a green roof*

Posted by Maja Tomazin on Jul 6, 2016 9:19:54 AM

Great, we have it – the first in the green roof industry – for the whole Urbanscape Extensive Green Roof system. But what does it actually mean; and what are the benefits of having it? Read our blog and find out…

What is an EPD – Environmental Product Declaration?

In life-cycle assessment, an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a standardized way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product or system. Declarations include information on the environmental impact of acquiring the raw materials, energy consumption and efficiency, materials and chemical substances, emissions into air, soil and water, and waste generation. Product and company information is also included.

An EPD is created and verified in accordance with the International Standard ISO 14025, developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). EPDs are based on a life-cycle assessment according to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044. It is an independently verified document that is based on the scientific principles of LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) and communicates the life-cycle environmental impact of the product.

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Topics: EPD