Steel industry releases first EPD for joists, roof/floor decks
The Steel Joist Institute (SJI) and Steel Deck Institute (SDI) have jointly released the first industry average environmental product declarations (EPDs) for steel joists and steel decking manufactured in the United States and Canada according to a release.
The EPDs quantify the “cradle-to-gate” life cycle environmental impacts of these products and can be used by architects and engineers to document those impacts. The EPDs are based on peer-reviewed life-cycle assessments and can assist building designers and owners to achieve credits required for building certification within LEED and other green building rating programs, the release said.
The EPD is the first industry-wide assessment of the life cycle environmental impacts of these commercial building products in North America. The products are used to construct roofs and floors for single-story, low-rise and high-rise buildings.
SJI and SDI member companies produce the majority of steel joists and steel deck used in the United States.
“Building owners and designers have long recognized the recyclability of steel building products,” said Bob Paul, managing director of the Steel Deck Institute. “At the end of a building’s service life, the steel joists and deck can be recycled and the material used to construct another building, manufacture an automobile or become a home appliance.”
The open web steel joists EPD can be downloaded for free from the Steel Joist Institute website at www.steeljoist.org. The steel roof deck and steel floor deck EPD can be downloaded for free from the Steel Deck Institute website at www.sdi.org.
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