The environmental issues, being a crucial element of the company strategy, are present at any ATLAS action. The manufacturing of construction materials inevitably influences the environment, as production processes require the use of natural resources and energy, cause emission of pollutants and creation of waste products. Aware of mutual relations with the world we live in, we strive to limit or eliminate or negative influence on the environmment.
Environmental policy – eco – responsibility is not a set of rules or a fad for us. It is an integral element of the company strategy, tightly binding the achievement of economic and pro – ecological aims. The aims and rules in this area are described in the company Environmental Policy with last edition dated June 2014.
Ecology – in 2008 ATLAS implemented the environmental management system in accordance to ISO 14001 standard – Requirements with guidance for use. Therefore, the environmental activity results are fully identified, continuously monitored and perfected. Currently ISO 14001 is one of the elements of the Integrated Management System which in ATLAS includes also the requirements of the international standards on quality management (ISO 9001), social responsibility (ISO 26000) and the British standard on occupational health and safety (BS OHSAS 18001).
Environmental declaration – ATLAS as one of the first Polish companies decided to assess the environmental impact with the LCA method and edition of the III type environmental declarations. The External Thermal Insulation Composite System ATLAS ETICS with products used in insulation of building external walls with polystyren was chosen for assessment.
The environmental apects, so the elements of ATLAS activity which can mutually react with the natural environment, are continously monitored with the use of capabilities offered by modern technologies. In order to minimize the environmental impact the monitoring applies both to direct and indirect environmental aspects within the whole product life cycle – from raw materials acquisition and transport until waste disposal.
Rich raw materials base, giving the company economic independence and additional proper control over the whole production
process, is also the area of special concern to keep the ecosystem balance at the excavation sites.
The process of a product designing and implementation to the market offer relates to conscious selection of raw materials and detailed quality assessment resulting in the product safety for the users and the environment. Atlas_Polityka srodowiskowa_wyd.5
Type III Environmental Declaration
The environmental declarations is a type of standardisation of information on environmental aspects between manufacturers, designers, installers and investors. According to the standard ISO 14020 „Environmental labels and declarations. General principles” one can list three types of declarations:
Type I, so called environmental labels
Type II, so called environmental claims
Type III, so called environmental declarations EPD (Environmental Product Declaration)
ATLAS decided to elaborate type III declaration, which gives the most comprehensive ecological information on construction products.
The declaration elaboration is possible on the basis of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), a method used for assessment of the environmental aspects and potential environmental influence within the whole product life cycle.
The External Thermal Insulation Composite System ATLAS ETICS with products used in insulation of building external walls with polystyren was chosen for assessment.
The LCA analysis was conducted separately for:
5 sets of insulation, differing with respect to type of render
adhesive mortars used for application of thermal insulation and base coat installation,
mineral renders with a priming mass,
dispersion renders with priming masses,
paints with primers.
For all cases the calculations were conducted for the Product phase (modules A1-3, according to PN-EN 15804:2012), i.e. for the “cradle do gate” option, which includes raw materials delivery, transport and manufacturing of materials. On the basis of the LCA analysis and according to the PN-EN 15942:2012 standard guidelines, ATLAS elaborated the text of nine Type III Environmental Declarations.
The declarations and data provided were reviewed by Building Reasearch Institute (ITB) in Warsaw. The revision process was closed on 10 march 2014 with edition of Certificates confirming the correctness of assessment of data used in the declarations elaboration.
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