Recycled Material Content Certification
LEED®standards, formulated by USGBC and transposed in Italy by GBC ITALIA, which created a local version of the standards, set specific requirements as to the construction of environmentally sustainable buildings, both in terms of energy consumption and in terms of the environmental resources used in the building process itself.
In particular, in connection to the latter issue, LEED® standards establish different criteria for building materials allows in LEED® buildings, including recycled material content.
The standards encourage the use of building materials and products containing an amount of recycled material such that the sum of post-consumer recycled content plus half of the pre-consumer content constitute at least 10% or 20%, based on cost, of the total value of the materials in the project. The value of recycled materials contained in assembled products must be determined based on weight.
In addition, Green Public Procurement (GPP) requires public administrations in Italy to fulfil at least 30% of the annual demand of products and goods with products manufactured with recycled materials in compliance with Decree 203/2003.
- LEED Standards (BD&C, NC, Home, EB, School, etc.) MR Area;
- LEED® Italy NC MR.c4;
- ISO 14021;
- Decree dated May 8th 2003, n.203.
As partner to GBC Italia, TÜV Italia is authorized to validate environmental product declarations issued by building material manufacturers.
TÜV Italia also performs the crucial task of certifying factory production control systems, from raw materials and their characteristics down to finished products, also providing the necessary expert support for the correct calculation of recycled material content in compliance with ISO 14021 requirements.
Our services at a glance
|Factory production control (FPC)|
Factory Production Control (FPC) is designed to ensure and verify the continuity of product characteristics in compliance to the requirements set by the abovementioned Standards and by TÜV Italia’s specific regulation, which include:
- Inspection of raw materials on arrival;
- Inspections during production and on finished products;
- Periodical inspections of production and measurement equipment.
A Factory Production Control system, implemented and maintained by manufacturers, must be assessed and certified through an initial audit followed by periodical surveillance visits, normally conducted on a yearly basis.
- When filling in application form LMR-M001, applicants may include helpful information for TÜV Italia to design a customized offer based on their specific characteristics and products.
- The application initiates the certification procedure which includes the following steps:
- Document review;
- Initial inspection of the factory and factory production control system;
- Issue of certificate.
Validity of certification
The certification is not subject to expiration. However, the organization is subject to yearly inspections to the end of verifying the validity of the certificate.