The PCR for Resinous Floor Coatings Will Allow for Verifiable Environmental Product Declarations

A Product Category Rule (PCR) for Resinous Floor Coatings is now available for free, and will allow for the publication of verifiable Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). The PCR for Resinous Floor Coatings, conceived and shepherded by ACA, was facilitated by NSF International, a third party developer of public health standards and certification programs.

The final PCR for Resinous Floor Coatings may be viewed and downloaded here.

The utility of the PCR for Resinous Floor Coatings Coatings is timely and considerable, since decision makers are increasingly considering information about the life-cycle impacts of products when selecting which products they choose to sell, specify, or use. Retailers, standard-setting bodies, and consumers are requiring information or giving favorable status to products and brands able to describe their life-cycle impacts and benefits. A PCR provides an agreed upon framework for measuring the environmental impacts of a product based on a defined set of criteria, which allows manufacturers to conduct life cycle assessments (LCA) of their products in a standardized way, and publish this information in an EPD, if they so choose.

This PCR documents the goal and scope of LCAs for this product category in order to produce environmental product declarations according to ISO 14025:2006 and ISO 21930:2017. The PCR includes all life cycle phases in order to obtain the raw materials, manufacture, transport, use, and disposal of resinous floor coating products for interior applications. For the purposes of this PCR, a resinous floor coating is defined as “a fluid-applied and poured/formed in place and cured material coating used to protect and enhance horizontal substrates such as concrete, metal, and wood from foot traffic.”Some resinous floor coatings may be thermoset products. The scope excludes carpeting, planks, veneers, tile and sheet goods, dedicated flooring systems, and coatings that are not field applied.

Note: this PCR does not include coatings that fall under the PCR for Architectural Coatings including wood stains.