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Highest score for environmental performance awarded to AcoustiCORK®

London 23/11/2011

The first cork acoustic insulation solution to achieve this rating.

The AcoustiCORK® range of products manufactured by Amorim Cork Composites, a subsidiary of CORTICEIRA AMORIM, was awarded A+ rating by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in London. It was the first sound insulating cork underlayment to receive an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).

In order to obtain EPD certification, the AcoustiCORK® C31, C61 and T61 underlayments were submitted to a Life Cycle Assessment, a method developed by BRE for analysing the environmental impact of their use, from its raw source through manufacture to their end use.

The A+ rating awarded to AcoustiCORK® underlayments is, according to international standards, a proof of the superior environmental performance of this product that was submitted to assessment studies in accordance with environmental rating systems such as BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method). It should be noted, for instance, that all public buildings in the UK are assessed under the BREEAM scheme.

The overall goal of an EPD is to provide relevant, verified and comparable information about the environmental impact of the use of different solutions of products and provide professionals engaged in this industry with information on construction products that are a benchmark for sustainable buildings.

Amorim Cork Composites' cork underlayments are used in many national and international projects, especially in the European, the USA, the Russian and the Middle Eastern markets and are designed for use under practically every flooring type and it can even be used under the screed.

With this EPD certification, the AcoustiCORK® range of products was awarded BREEAM credits certifying that these underlayments meet sustainable construction standards. This is a differentiating factor among architects and developers, who opt for this prestigious and globally recognized sustainable construction certification programme.