Ravatherm UK has boosted the environmental credentials of its Polyfoam extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation, achieving a BRE Certified Green Guide rating of A+ for all products manufactured at its Hartlepool factory.
The certification adds to a series of independent accreditations, which demonstrate that Polyfoam XPS meets the highest environmental standards. The insulation has already achieved a BES 6001: Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products certification and has been issued Product-Specific Type 111 Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) through BRE’s EN 15804 EPD Verification Scheme for products in the Polyfoam Extra and Standard range.
Stuart Bell, managing director of Ravatherm UK, said: “We want to give specifiers and construction companies the assurance that they are using a highly sustainable product, which will have minimal environmental impact. Achieving the certified Green Guide A+ rating is just one way in which we’re doing that and underlines our commitment to continuously improving our products.
“As BRE has also released EPDs for Polyfoam XPS and it has achieved the BES 6001 certification, our extruded polystyrene insulation products have unrivalled environmental qualities. As the Green Guide rating will be phased out in 2025, these additional certifications will ensure that maximum points can continue to be achieved under the new technical standard, BREEAM UK New Construction (NC) 2018.”
Polyfoam XPS was the first extruded polystyrene product range to be independently assessed by BRE. It is reportedly free from materials which can deplete the ozone and is 100% recyclable.
Ravatherm UK’s Hartlepool headquarters is a zero waste to landfill site which manufactures Polyfoam XPS Extra and Standard products. All manufacturing waste is recycled back into the production process. To eliminate general waste, only a limited number of bins are on site to encourage employees to recycle. The small amount of waste that is produced, is collected by a local waste and recycling company and used to produce energy, diverting it from landfill.