ClarkDietrich Becomes the First Steel Framing Manufacturer to Issue Certified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

July 7th, 2015 - West Chester, Ohio – ClarkDietrich Building Systems, the largest manufacturer of cold-formed steel framing in North America, announced today a milestone in its ongoing commitment to supplying high-quality, environmentally responsible products. ClarkDietrich received third party-verified ISO-compliant Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its complete steel product portfolio, including its popular ProSTUD® and ProSTUD® with DiamondPlus™ Steel Framing Systems.  

An EPD is a standardized, internationally recognized, comprehensive tool for providing information on a product’s environmental impact. Verified by a third party, information in the document is based on an ISO-compliant Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This detailed analysis considers all processes in the life cycle of a product, including raw material extraction and refining, energy use and efficiency during manufacture, in addition to transportation methods.
 
According to Bill Courtney, president and CEO of ClarkDietrich Building Systems, sustainable practices are considered at all levels of the company. ClarkDietrich recycles 100 percent of steel waste at its manufacturing facilities and employs an engineering team that includes numerous LEED accredited professionals, while product development consciously engages optimal use of material, as well as ease of construction. 
 
“As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, we are fundamentally committed to manufacturing quality products that are environmentally responsible, and at all levels of our company we are continually working to develop greener building practices,” said Courtney. 
 
Under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED v4 green building rating system, major changes were introduced to the Materials and Resources category. Specifically, LEED v4 seeks more transparency around the environmental and health impacts of building materials and products. ClarkDietrich’s products contribute directly towards achieving Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits in LEED v4.
 
With a 40-year reputation for quality manufacturing, ClarkDietrich Building Systems offers the world’s largest selection of steel framing and finishing products. The company offers a full line of drywall studs and accessories, structural studs and joists, metal lath and accessories, shaft wall studs and track, interior finishing products, and connectors and accessories for commercial and residential construction. ClarkDietrich cold-formed steel products are available nationwide and are precision manufactured from steel coils with a variety of corrosion-resistant options.
 
For more information, visit www.clarkdietrich.com/EPD
 
About ClarkDietrich™ Building Systems
ClarkDietrich™ Building Systems is the leading manufacturer of a full line of drywall studs and accessories, structural studs and joists, metal lath and accessories, shaft wall studs and track, interior finishing products, and connectors and accessories for commercial and residential construction. Quality manufacturing, a full-line offering, national distribution, engineering services and responsive customer service position ClarkDietrich Building Systems as the largest manufacturer of light gauge steel framing in North America. Clarkwestern Dietrich Building Systems is a 75/25 joint venture with Marubeni-Itochu Steel America Inc. (MISA) and Worthington Industries, Inc.