CROSSVILLE, TN -- Officials with Crossville, Inc. have announced the unveiling of a product-specific Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). The Crossville EPD is compiled by PE International and certified by UL Environment and covers all floor and wall tile products made at Crossville's manufacturing facilities in Crossville, TN.


An EPD is a verified document that reports environmental data of products based on life cycle assessment (LCA) and other relevant information in accordance with the international standard ISO 14025 (Type III Environmental Declarations). The announcement of Crossville's EPD comes in tandem with Tile Council of North America's (TCNA) release of an EPD for North American-made ceramic tile that is relevant industry-wide.


According to Crossville's technical director, Noah Chitty, the product-specific EPD has been meticulously compiled over the course of the last year to answer the many key data points necessary. "Crossville's modus operandi is to take a leadership role and be proactive with regard to sustainability," said Chitty, "both in practice, as with our Tile Take-Back Program, and in certification, as with the SCS certification of our fired and wet waste recycling programs."


For this reason, and because more credit is given in LEED for product-specific EPDs than for industry participation, Crossville chose to create its own EPD, in addition to participating in the industry EPD.


"Creation of our own EPD also provides internal assurance that our practices are on track," added Chitty.


EPDs are becoming increasingly important tools for specifiers seeking to wade through industry greenwashing. The value of an EPD rests in the fact that it assesses many impact zones rather than considering a single attribute like recycled content or embodied energy, providing specifiers with a better comprehensive way to judge building materials.


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