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BarChip: EPDs opened the door to rating systems such as ISCA and Green Star

BarChip Inc are pioneers in synthetic fibre concrete reinforcement technology, priding themselves in producing the most reliable and highest performing fibre reinforcement in the world. Their systems are used across every major construction sector in over 20 countries.

Recently the company published three EPDs for their range of Macro Synthetic Fibre Concrete Reinforcement as part of their commitment to be industry leaders.

We spoke to BarChip’s Marketing Manager, Geoff Sedgman about green building, EPDs and the learnings to be gained from an in-depth life cycle assessment.

BarChip’s vision is to revolutionise the world of concrete reinforcement.  How is the company using that innovative spirit of revolution to improve sustainability and facilitate green building?

When we consider the footprint of BarChip to reinforcement alternatives, it’s clear to us that the increased use of BarChip and the increase of greener construction are linked. By growing the acceptance of BarChip, and synthetic fibre reinforcement in general, we’ll also be contributing to lowering the environmental impact of the construction industries we operate in.

You recently published three EPDs for your Macro Synthetic Fibre Concrete Reinforcement products.  What motivated BarChip to make this investment?

BarChip was attracted to the independence and acceptance of the International EPD system. The system is widely recognised, trusted, and opened the door to various rating systems such as ISCA and Green Star.

Were there any learnings from the process of developing the EPDs?

Aside from the general deep dive into our manufacturing inputs, the area I found most interesting were the upstream and downstream impacts, which was something I hadn’t previously appreciated.

Based on your experience, do you feel that EPDs are adding value to the construction industry as a whole?

The EPD System essentially promotes discussion and analysis of a product or project’s environmental impact. Over time I think it’s inevitable this will lead to a more positive outcome.

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