Press release
DEGADUR
December 10, 2013

Sustainable construction with DEGADUR® resins

  • DEGADUR® receives environmental product declaration from the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU).
  • Builders, engineers, and architects use these declarations as a source for calculating the environmental performance and energy consumption of a building and for obtaining approvals that meet the German seal of quality.

 

The Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (the Institute for Construction and the Environment, or IBU) has issued environmental product declarations for DEGADUR® reactive resins, providing ecological certification for this Coating & Adhesive Resins (CA-AC) business line product from Evonik Industries AG. Issuing these declarations involves an environmental performance evaluation to verify the sustainability of the DEGADUR® product using a process that is neutral, transparent, and reliable.

The IBU is the only organization in Germany to offer certification on the basis of international standard ISO 14025 ("Environmental labels and declarations") and European standard DIN EN 15804 ("Sustainability of construction works"). This industry initiative for sustainable building honored Evonik with an environmental product declaration (EPD) for DEGADUR®. Suppliers provide credible information about their products through this declaration.

Certification focuses on transparency throughout the entire product cycle. The environmental indicators assessed include, among others, the potential for greenhouse gas production and ozone depletion, as well as consumption of energy and raw materials. The program rules and results are reviewed by an independent panel of experts, which enhances the acceptance and reliability of the EPD.

"Each EPD and its corresponding environmental performance evaluation offer a precise look at products, procurement, and manufacturing processes. This knowledge can be used to reduce the CO2 footprint of a product or to make it more recyclable," explains Michael Wolff, Technical Manager Construction (CA-AC) and the Convenor of the working group Methacryl Resins in Construction within Deutsche Bauchemie e.V. (the German Association for Construction Chemistry).

EPDs give builders, engineers, and architects the ability to better assess and compare products from different suppliers. They use the declarations as a source of basic data for calculating the environmental performance and energy consumption of a building. EPDs are also needed for acquiring approvals in compliance with the Deutsches Gütesiegel für Nachhaltiges Bauen (German Seal of Quality for Sustainable Building) and with LEED (the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design program sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council).

"Sustainability is becoming more and more relevant in the field of construction materials. And the certification shows that the product line is moving in the right direction—after all, making product characteristics transparent conveys confidence and gives the brand a credible, solid image," explains Michael Krämer, Global Marketing Director Construction (CA-AC) at Evonik.

Flooring systems made with DEGADUR® are robust and resistant to mechanical, thermal, and chemical stress. Another advantage they offer is allowing coating work to be completed quickly, so that customers can walk on and use newly laid flooring after just a few hours. DEGADUR®-based resin systems can even be applied at temperatures as low as -30°C.

Company information

Evonik, the creative industrial group from Germany, is one of the world leaders
in specialty chemicals. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of Evonik’s corporate strategy. Its activities focus on the key megatrends health, nutrition, resource efficiency and globalization. Evonik benefits specifically from its innovative prowess and integrated technology platforms.

Evonik is active in over 100 countries around the world. In fiscal 2012 more than 33,000 employees generated sales of around €13.4 billion and an operating profit (adjusted EBITDA) of about €2.4 billion (excluding Real Estate in both cases).

Disclaimer

In so far as forecasts or expectations are expressed in this press release or where our statements concern the future, these forecasts, expectations or statements may involve known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Actual results or developments may vary, depending on changes in the operating environment. Neither Evonik Industries AG nor its group companies assume an obligation to update the forecasts, expectations or statements contained in this release.