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Make It Sustainable - Building Materials


Establishing a framework for eco-labelling programmes for building materials (according to the best International Standards and practices)

Sustainability is a key target for the construction industry in order to reduce energy and other resources consumption. There is an emerging need to encourage the demand for and supply of building materials that reduce the environmental impacts and improve the environmental performance through the identification of products that meet environmental criteria along their life cycle.

In many countries an increasing number of building materials are identified with environmental labels and declarations that, through communication of verifiable and accurate information, do not mislead on environmental aspects of products.

In order to secure transparency and credibility environmental labelling programmes must refer to international standards which harmonize the principles and procedures applicable to the programs and create a consistent unique selling proposition for those manufacturers establishing and implementing strategies to increase the sustainability of materials.

The overall scope of the project is to create a modular, scalable and consistent framework for recognizing green building materials and transferring know-how in eco-labeling and environmental product declaration areas, based on European experience and best international practices to meet the requirements of the most popular green building certification schemes.

The objectives of this project are to create:

  • A set of Product Environmental Protocols (PEP) based on the principles of the ISO 14020 series of standards
  • A framework for establishing in India an internationally recognized eco labeling system to distinguish building materials with superior environmental characteristics (Unique Selling Proposition)
  • Opportunities for Indo-European cooperation in the field of sustainability in construction

According to the international standards for eco labelling programs (e.g. EN 15804) the IICCI is engaged with the most relevant EU and Indian stakeholders to lay down sets of PEP in three Families of Products:

  1. Cement, Concrete & Mortar;
  2. Brick & Tiles;
  3.  Waterproofing & Insulation.

For each family a Technical Committees has been appointed to represent European and Indian Stakeholders (manufacturers, associations, academics, experts in sustainability) with the task of developing the technical framework for eco certification (according to EN 15804 and ISO 14025 approaches).

Review Committee, composed of distinguished professionals from European and Indian research institutes, academies, association and civil society organizations with specific knowledge in the field of building materials and their environmental aspects, has been established to verify and validate the documents produced by the Technical Commitees.

Considering the experience gained in Europe in the field of eco product certification, ICMQ India Pvt Ltd., local subsidiary of the Italian certification and inspection body ICMQ spa, has been appointed in the role of Technical Coordinator of the project.

The first expected output of the activity carried out by the Committees is a reference document called Product Environmental Protocol to be used as a unique framework linking together three different types of eco declarations: Self declared environmental claims (ISO 14021), Environmental Labelling (ISO 14024) and EPD - Environmental Product Declaration (ISO 14025).

A Roadshow to present the project with a Seminar Presentation  on EU Approach for Building Materials: Eco-Labeling & Product Environmental Protocol Launch has been organized in September 2015.

    In 2016 the project will also include:

    • Dissemination activities
    • Delegation to organize B2B meetings between European and Indian Companies
    • Publication
    •  Pilot Programs

    To encourage exchange of experiences and know how in the field of sustainability and eco building materials practices among European and Indian organization (companies, academies, research centres, associations).

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