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Solflex Specifications - Environment and Product Recyclability

Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED®)

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) is a sustainable building certification program that rewards the best building strategies and practices. Stringent criteria are set which a building project must meet in order to achieve LEED® certification. In doing so, specifiers will seek to use the most sustainable options available for the project.

Since 2002, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and LEED® Canada have been redefining the buildings and communities where Canadians live, work and learn.

The development of the LEED® v4 program required more than three years of work and mobilized hundreds of volunteers as well as thousands of stakeholders around the world. The LEED® v4 certification program has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by buildings and strengthen its position with respect to human health even more than the previous LEED® program.

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Building Research Establishment (BRE)

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) is an independent organization that evaluates the environmental impact of a product from ‘cradle to grave’. Using the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) approach over a building life of 60 years, materials are assessed according to their impact.

Complex data derived from given criteria are calculated in ecopoints, which are then represented as ratings, ranging from E to A+, A+  being the highest achievable environmental rating.

Using these scores sets a benchmark for environmental excellence and ensures the availability of reliable and comparable information between competing products, eliminating the risk of confusion created by claims and counter-claims, making it much easier to achieve of the specifications.

Independent, third-party certification is always important, as its impartiality assures customers that our products will perform as expected. This is why Solflex has had the majority of its product ranges individually assessed and rated by BRE Global.

Solflex's Polyflor product lines predominantly feature precise BRE classifications and achieve A+ rating in important usage areas such as health and education. Where products have not been individually assessed, BRE generic ratings are available, again achieving A+ in key areas.

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BREEAM Specifications

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology), first published by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) in 1990, is the world’s longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings.

More than 250,000 buildings have been BREEAM certified and over a million are registered for certification in more than 50 countries around the world.


Credits are awarded according to performance in 10 different categories for measuring sustainability:

Health & Wellbeing
Land Use & Ecology
Innovation (extra)

They are then added together to produce an overall score for the building on a scale of: Pass; Good; Very Good; Excellent; Outstanding.

Les produits Polyflor de Solflex peuvent contribuer à l’attribution de crédits BREEAM pour les catégories suivantes : matériaux, déchets, santé et bien-être.

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