For each specific project, the environmental impact of the NPS® solution can be calculated in terms of CO2 equivalent and numerous other indicators, based on the official Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). This allows the designer and investor to compare the environmental impact of alternative structural solutions and make an objective choice.
The NPS® beam-column solution reduces CO2 emissions and energy used by more than 20% compared to steel or concrete solutions. These data are proven by the comparative LCA carried out by the University of Genoa on two actual buildings. The environmental impacts per kg of beam are confirmed by the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).DOWNLOAD THE NPS® BEAM EPD
Until now, the focus has been on reducing the emissions produced during the use of the building.
However, it is estimated that more than half of the total carbon emissions from all the new global constructions between 2020 and 2050 will be due to embodied carbon and therefore emissions related to materials and building construction/renovation (source BuildingLife Roadmap).
It is therefore necessary to focues not only on the operational emissions of buildings and to start considering both operational and embodied carbon in an integrated way.
NPS® beams represent an economical, fast and at the same time sustainable structural solution.
The use of NPS® beams can contribute to credits for building sustainability certification.
An external body supported Tecnostrutture in conducting a mapping on the contribution of NPS® products for obtaining credits for building sustainability certifications.
These specific mappings are available for LEED and DGNB certification.DOWNLOAD LEED MAPPING
NPS® beams exploit the structural efficiency of the combination of steel and concrete. This results in compact sections with less use of raw materials and optimisation of living space.
Compared to reinforced concrete solutions, for example, with the same performance, the section of the NPS® beam is more compact, with a saving in raw materials and consequent lower environmental impact.
NPS BASIC beams are made from recycled steel, a percentage that exceeds 80% of the total weight, as confirmed by the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) issued by a third party.
The statement is based on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) per kg of beam.
Tecnostrutture adopts a logistics strategy that respects the environment. We prefer green fuel road transport or the intermodal solution with longer stretches by rail.
As shown by the analysis of the product life cycle (LCA), transport to the construction site affects 2-3% of the total life cycle. Therefore, in addition to offering solutions that have little impact on logistics, Tecnostrutture’s commitment is focused above all in the raw material supply and end-of-life management phases, those that weigh most heavily on the environmental impact of the entire product life cycle.