Product Environmental Profiles (PEPs) – What Are They, Exactly?
At Legrand®, we have a deep commitment to sustainability. One of the primary sustainability touts we currently have involves our new Product Environmental Profiles (PEP). You’ll be hearing a lot about these, so we wanted to introduce PEPs for your reference.
Developed through the PEP ecopassport program, PEPs are Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) that are specific for electric, electronic, and HVAC products. PEPs and are written in compliance with the ISO 14025 standard. PEPs summarize a product’s life cycle assessment, which examines the environmental impact of a product or product family throughout its lifecycle, from raw material extraction to end of life. This declaration provides the credible transparency information necessary to document a product’s environmental impact in a widely accepted and standardized format.
PEPs are becoming increasingly prevalent as the most recent revisions of leading building sustainability performance mechanisms have driven demand for product transparency to new heights, with building owners and data center managers now wanting to know what’s in their infrastructure products and what environmental impacts they pose. The importance of these declarations goes beyond market demand for product transparency. They are driving greater transparency in a manufacturer’s supply chains and manufacturing practices, thus evolving the growing consumer demand for sustainable products.
PEPs are a feature of the nCompass™ Systems suite of high-performance copper and optical fiber structured cabling systems developed in collaboration between Legrand and Superior Essex. These declarations contribute to earning points for green building rating systems for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, as well as for Green Globes and the Living Building Challenge. nCompass Systems are the first and only cabling systems that can contribute to the LEED certification for building projects – the de facto standard for rating and certifying the design, construction, maintenance, and operations of green building projects in the U.S. for new construction and existing structures.
We expect PEPs to benefit our customers in several ways. PEPs offer real value – particularly to building owners and construction leads seeking to demonstrate a commitment to environmental responsibility. PEPs offer the advantage of helping achieve LEED and other credits and enhance their standing with their own consumers. Products with a PEP contribute towards earning points for green building certification projects, for example by awarding 1 point towards the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credit in LEED version 4. PEPs also fulfill product specifications by providing products that have life cycle information available.
The intent behind these declarations is to encourage manufacturers to take a critical look at their existing products, assess their environmental impact, and identify what phases of the product’s life cycle produce significant environmental impacts. At this point, manufacturers can use this vital information to improve existing products or innovate with new products in ways that are better for the planet and for people.
To learn more about Legrand’s Product Environmental Profiles, please visit us online: www.legrand.us – look under “Product Sustainability” under the “High Performance Buildings” section of the “Sustainability” page.
To find products with a PEP, look under “Environmental Product Declarations” on the “Resources & Downloads” page.
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