“It is only a matter of time until window manufacturers and window makers will have to engage more with life cycle assessments, including in the DACH region,” says Mario Kindler, product manager at Swisspacer.
The Swiss company recently published Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its spacer bars and the Georgian bar. These supply reliable data on the environmental properties of a product over its entire life cycle.
France is tightening up regulations with The thermal protection regulation RE2020 for new buildings, which came into force at the beginning of 2022, presents the construction industry with demanding challenges: By 2030 it envisages a reduction in total CO2 emissions of 40 percent compared to 1990 levels – and climate neutrality for new buildings should be achieved by 2050. It is no longer only about thermal performance, but about the analysis of the entire building life cycle. Building cladding, flooring, windows – all installed parts of a building have a considerable impact on the environment. Be it in terms of energy during manufacturing, the CO2 emissions or the waste produced.
“We have to prepare ourselves for these challenges so that our customers have the data they need quickly to hand,” says Mario Kindler. An important basis for an ecological building assessment are the Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). They are independently verified and provide transparent information on the environmental impact of products over their entire life cycle.
“We know that the topic of life cycle assessments in the window making industry only plays a very small role at present,” says Kindler. “But that can very quickly change: If other countries follow up with tighter regulations or if public procurement exercises with EU-wide tenders are subject to stricter requirements, that will quickly have an impact on the domestic and export market.”