As part of our ongoing commitment to providing accurate, transparent information about our products, Lubrizol recently completed a life cycle assessment for FlowGuard® piping systems globally, including FlowGuard Gold® pipe and fittings, and Corzan® piping systems for commercial plumbing applications in North America. The result is a baseline report the assesses the cradle-to-grave environmental impacts of the system, including the raw materials, manufacturing, transportation, use and end of life stages. The evaluation was conducted by third-party agency ERM and peer reviewed by Dr. Walter Klöppfer, Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment.
Our reports provide industry leading transparency about the environmental impacts of a FlowGuard Gold plumbing system and allow for head-to-head comparisons of common plumbing products. FlowGuard Gold Pipe and Fittings has received the Home Innovation NGBS Green Certification and is the only residential plumbing pipe system to do so. The use of FlowGuard Gold pipes and fittings results in points awarded toward project certification under ICC-700 National Green Building Standard. FlowGuard Gold CPVC has been independently verified as an eligible product due to improved environmental impact measures by an average of 15% or greater.
Based on the FlowGuard LCA, ERM wrote a report comparing FlowGuard environmental impacts to those of copper. The comparison, which was limited to only a cradle-to-gate analysis through the production of pipe, showed a significant benefit by choosing FlowGuard Gold CPVC products.
To view the full results and comparisons, download Environmental Product Reports below:
Using LCAs for LEED Credits
With the completion of the LCA, FlowGuard products now contribute to credits under “Materials & Resources: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization, Environmental Product Declarations” under LEED v4: BD+C. Specifiers can earn 1 point for including at least 20 products from five different manufacturers with disclosure material consisting of a product-specific declaration, an EPD, or a USGBC-approved program.
To learn more about how to make LCAs work for you, download our white paper.