​BASF Quantifies Sustainability

Third-party validated tools and services help construction professionals make informed decisions. BASF provides customers with many tools to evaluate and compare the sustainable benefits of products 

   BASF Solutions for Sustainable Construction Programs 

 

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) is a quantitative analysis of environmental impacts of products and processes over their entire life cycle.  An LCA determines the significant levers on environmental product performance supporting market communications.

Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint is a phase of life cycle assessment aimed at understanding and evaluating the magnitude and significance of a products Global Warming Potential (based on ISO 14067 and the GHG Protocol Product Standard).

Eco-Efficiency Analysis (EEA) 

Qualifies for: Green Globes and LEED v4 

The goal of a BASF Eco-Efficiency Analysis (EEA) is to compare similar products or processes from a life cycle perspective. The Eco-Efficiency Analysis looks at environmental impacts in balance with a product's cost-effectiveness. This helps our customers quantify and promote their most sustainable products.  The EEA methodology follows ISO 14045 for eco-efficiency and ISO 14040 and 14044 norms for life cycle assessment.


Since 2010, BASF has been using the EEA methodology to evaluate concrete mixtures for sustainability.  Over 400 different analyses have been completed for different mixture designs and applications from residential driveways to iconic commercial structures, including One World Trade Center. 

There are two main outputs from this analysis:

1) An “Ecological Fingerprint” which provides a normalized environmental comparison of the various concrete alternatives for the most relevant environmental categories. 

2) An “Eco-Efficiency Portfolio” provides a single ecological impact for each concrete mixture balanced and plotted against the cost for each alternative mix.  The most sustainable concrete mixtures are located.

The final result is a comprehensive, customized report that quantifies the environmental impact for each concrete mixture for each environmental impact category.  The report can be used internally or externally to position your company as a leader in sustainable construction through the use of sustainable concrete solutions.   

 Eco efficiency analysis of BASF products

An example Eco-Efficiency Analysis for Green Sense Concrete is highlighted above.

 

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) service for concrete

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is an ISO 14025 Type III environmental label that presents relevant and verified environmental information about goods and services, in this instance concrete, from a life cycle perspective. Each concrete EPD reports cradle-to-gate environmental impacts for a cubic meter of concrete. EPDs are often compared to nutrition labels for food products. However, the EPD presents environmental impacts rather than nutritional facts.

What does the BASF EPD service include?

Our team of experts will create an EPD report  and provide a seamless process to completion. BASF manages the entire process, including life cycle assessment based on a concrete producer’s mix design, submission for third-party critical review and registration of the final document through the Program Operator. A final, professionally developed registered EPD will be placed on the Program Operator’s website and is available through a unique URL on the producer’s website.

 

Life cycle impact of products
Learn more about
Product Category Rules (PCR)
for concrete by visiting
Carbon Leadership Forum

 

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NSF International
registered EPDs

 

 

 

Material Transparency Reports

Material Transparency Reports which are also referred to as Ingredient Reports and Manufacturer Inventory Reports are developed to provide transparency of substances used in the manufacture of finished products.  A movement toward healthier buildings continues to grow requiring manufacturers to disclose the potential health impacts of all substances used in the creation of their products. 

BASF Construction Chemicals can provide certified Manufacturer Inventory Reports for all Master Builders Solutions products.  The GreenCircle Certified documents meet the stringent LEED v4 requirements for the Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Material Ingredients credit and are equivalent to Health Product Declarations, Cradle-to-Cradle, Manufacturer Inventory Reports using GreenScreen benchmark evaluation and Declare.
The certified BASF Product Compliance Management System assesses the hazards of all the ingredients that make up a product, including impurities providing full disclosure of all potential hazards associated with every product.

For current certified products, click here.