A Kvadrat Life-cycle Assessment document is full of in-depth information about the environmental impact of each of our textiles.
A Kvadrat Lifecycle Assessment document contains important data such as a textile’s potential contribution to C02 emissions, the energy consumption of a products production and any potentially negative contributions from emissions. The entire life of a Kvadrat textile: from raw material phase through to production, transport, usage and waste, is taken into account. Of course, the documents reflect a moment in time and as such are a guide rather than a definitive conclusion, we are constantly updating and adding to them.
These documents are an important tool for anyone wanting to make an informed decision about a textile’s sustainable credentials and our LCA documents are frequently requested by architectural and interior design firms, developers and builders. Here, Andrea Buijs from global construction and development company Skanska, explains how she makes use of them:
In what ways do you use the data from a LCA document when making decisions about textiles?
AB: It depends on the project and its requirements. For example, regarding BREEAM NOR certification (the longest established method of assessing Building sustainability) it could be to carry out a comparative LCA. For ZEB (Zero Emission Buildings) or Powerhouse projects, we collect information regarding the GWP (Global Warming Potential) and CED (Cumulative Energy Demand) of the materials in order to balance the accumulated emissions and energy consumed over the lifetime of the project with the energy production on site.
Of all the information in the LCA, which is especially significant to you and why?
AB: As mentioned above it depends on the project. However, the GWP and CED are especially important impact categories for us. The other impact categories are also used but in secondary evaluations. Technical information (weight, material composition, location for production etc) is also important for the context of the LCA.
Can you give us a specific example of how information from a LCA might impact a building project.
AB: It helps us to meet internal and client requirements. By having specific information about a product we avoid using generic data from different databases and we have the chance to deliver more accurate information. It helps us to choose between materials based on their environmental impact categories in order to deliver a more environmentally friendly final product as well.
What is your opinion on how this kind of transparency of information is helpful for your industry, and ultimately the rest of us?
AB: In order to improve the awareness of environmental issues across the industry it is necessary to have the engagement of all the stakeholders. Having our suppliers on board lets us deliver reliable and transparent information to our clients.