Environmental and health reference data for building

Building equipment (PEP)

The PEP ecopassport® is for electrical equipment, electronics and HVAC engineering products. These products are used in various sectors, e.g., construction, automotive, and infrastructure. Products for the construction sector are in the INIES database.

Electrical, electronic, and HVAC equipment are used in technical systems that are integrated into a building or its land. They contribute to the building’s operations, including heating, cooling, ventilation, local energy generation, lighting, domestic hot water and other systems related to sanitation, security, fire protection, internal transport, building automation and control, and energy and communication network.

· What is a PEP ecopassport®?

A PEP ecopassport® is an environmental identity card for electrical, electronic, and HVAC equipment. It is based on the results of a Life Cycle Analysis, and is used to calculate a building’s environmental performance.

The PEP ecopassport® has been regulated by the XPC-08-100-1 standard since 2014. It takes the product’s entire life cycle into account, from extracting the raw materials to the end of its life, not forgetting the inclusion of transport, implementation, and even the product’s usage. PEPs thus constitute a major multi-criteria tool that helps professionals make their choices for a more sustainable building, with limited impact on the environment.

· What is the purpose of a PEP?

A PEP provides objective, multi-criteria quantitative and qualitative information about a product’s function or lifespan in a project.

These statements enable any manufacturer:

  • To anticipate regulatory obligations
  • To prove their equipment’s environmental performance
  • To develop an eco-design approach
  • To ensure transparency of environmental declarations

For building professionals (design offices, architects, builders), the information provided by the PEP ecopassport® allows them to clarify their analysis and their choices with clear and comparable bases. They are thus able to select the most suitable equipment for the overall environmental performance of the building.

· What information does a PEP provide?

Each PEP features:

  • an equipment profile: its components, complementary products for its implementation, packaging, etc.;
  • the product’s functional unit and lifetime;
  • its environmental profile: a set of environmental indicators calculated over the product’s entire life cycle;
  • as well as the identity of the party that issued the PEP ecopassport®

· How is a PEP made?

To ensure the reliability of the declarations, the international PEP ecopassport® Program has established transparent and rigorous procedures that enable businesses to publish PEPs and ensure that they comply with international standard practices. These procedures specify:

  • The method of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) used to collect and analyse environmental data on scientifically validated bases,
  • The format these environmental data are put into, the PEP.

Thus, PCR (Product Category Rules) and PSR (Product Specific Rules) define the rules for carrying out Life Cycle Analyses for electrical, electronic and HVAC equipment. These documents are validated by a critical review panel to ensure their compliance with the reference standards.

In accordance with standard ISO 14025, all PEP ecopassports® are audited by independent auditors authorised by the PEP ecopassport® program.

See the website at: www.pep-ecopassport.org

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