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Faq FDES

The production of an FDES (Environmental and Health Declaration Sheet) is governed by standard NF EN 15804+A2 and its national complement.

This declaration, drawn up under the responsibility of manufacturers, is based on the results of their product’s Life Cycle Assessment.

It summarizes a product’s environmental and health characteristics for all phases of its life:

A1- Raw materials
A2- Raw materials transportation
A3- Production
A4- Transporting the product to the installation site
A5- Implementation
B1 to B7- Processing
C1 to C4- End of life

FDESs can be :

> Individual when they concern a single manufacturer.

> Collective when they concern several manufacturers.

French regulations make verification mandatory of environmental declarations by an independent third party.

The list of accredited auditors for the Inies program is available at: https: //www.inies.fr/ressource/liste-des-verificateurs-habilites-au-programme-inies/

 

LCA  (Life Cycle Assessment is an “environmental evaluation method that quantifies the impacts of a product, service or process over its entire life cycle, from the extraction of its raw materials through its implementation and use, to its end-of-life treatment”.
(ADEME)

An FDES is an EPD.

 The FDES is the specifically French form of the EPD, which differs essentially in the additional health data it contains, and in the procedures set out in the national supplement to NF EN 15804+A2.

The FDES complies with the Inies Program standard, while the EPDs comply with the standard of the country in which they were produced. For example: IBU program for Germany, Totem program for Belgium, EPD Italy for Italy etc…

Building products are subject to NF EN 15804+A2:2019 and its national complement NF EN 15804/CN+A2:2022.

You will have to collect data:

> with your raw materials suppliers regarding procurement and transport,

> in-house, relating to your production process, consumption, waste management and sales.

An individual FDES covers one or more products and/or commercial references from a single manufacturer.FD

A collective FDES covers one or more products and/or commercial references from several manufacturers.

It is generally based on the calculation of an average of representative data for these manufacturers and the product(s) covered.

The methodology applicable to the production of collective FDESs is set out in Appendix O of the national supplement to NF EN 15804+A2 .

A specific FDES covers a single product (a single commercial reference).

A range FDES covers several products and/or commercial references.

It is generally based on the calculation of an average of representative data for the products covered.

The production of range FDESs is governed by Appendix O of the national supplement to NF EN 15804+A2, which imposes certain limits.

FDESs are valid for 5 years from the date of verification.

They must be updated in the event of major changes in supplies and processes.

A configurator is a publicly available application that can be used toedit verified FDESs on demand, based on predetermined configurable input data.

Decree of December 23, 2013 relating to the environmental declaration of certain construction and decoration products intended for use in building works / Order of December 23, 2013 relating to the environmental declaration of construction and decoration products intended for use in building works / Order of August 31, 2015 relating to the environmental declaration of electrical, electronic and HVAC equipment intended for use in building works :

All those responsible for marketing a building product or equipment that is the subject of a communication “containing environmental claims or using the terms of sustainable development or its synonyms” are required to draw up an FDES.

There is a de facto obligation: for RE 2020 software, if your product is not listed in the Inies database, then your product does not exist.

> Because drawing up an FDES is a legal obligation.

All those responsible for marketing a building product or equipment that is the subject of a communication “containing environmental claims or using the terms of sustainable development or its synonyms” are required to draw up an EHSF.

> To respond to calls for tender :

EHSFs are now required as part of the technical specifications of tender documents.

> For your products to be specified on sustainable building projects certified by the Énergie-Carbone (E+C-), BBCA, HQE, BREEAM or LEED labels.

> To be included in the INIES database

> For the visibility of your products in the eyes of MOA and MOE.

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