Life-Cycle Assessment

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.

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 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, contact a rep.

Contact FlowGuard Gold

FlowGuard Gold is sold at distributors throughout the U.S. Field sales reps are stationed regionally throughout the country and are available to help you find products and resources in your area. Questions? Pros can connect with a sales rep to get in touch below.