Orlando, Florida -- Building insulation products from Dow Building Solutions have achieved re-certification by the 'Cradle to Cradle Certification' programme, a well-known eco-label that assesses a product's safety and environmental impact.
Dow said its products were originally certified as announced at the IBS (International Building Show) last year after rigorous analysis. Now they have been re-certified, with Styrofoam brand extruded polystyrene (XPS) foam insulation and Safetouch fiberglass-free insulation both recertified at the Silver level. Meanwhile, Styrofoam SIS brand structural insulated sheathing, Thermax (ci) exterior polyisocyanurate foam insulation, and Styrofoam brand spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation all achieved Basic recertification.
"We feel that recertification of our building insulation products under a holistic analysis like Cradle to Cradle is a preferred approach to product certification and selection versus a single-attribute assessment," said Scott Young, global director of energy efficiency and sustainability for Dow Building Solutions.
"It provides a stronger indication of a product's comparative value in helping to build a more energy-efficient world, and a clear signal of our commitment to meeting Dow's 2015 Sustainability Goals, including energy efficiency, climate change, community success and local protection of human health and the environment," Young continued.
The Cradle to Cradle approach takes a comprehensive assessment in evaluating the sustainability attributes of a product, as well as the practices employed in manufacturing the product. Administered by MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry llc), a global sustainability consulting and product certification firm, the Cradle to Cradle Certification is based on five categories: material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy use, water stewardship, and social responsibility.