ANAB's certification scheme focuses on assessing the sustainability of building products and furniture.
The certification process evaluates various criteria related to the materials used, production processes, and environmental impact. Some key aspects that are considered include:
Use of Renewable and Mineral Resources: The building materials must primarily come from renewable virgin resources, mineral resources, and secondary resources that can be recycled effectively. This emphasis on renewable resources promotes sustainable sourcing practices.
Local Sourcing: There is a preference for materials obtained locally, which helps reduce transportation-related carbon emissions and supports local economies.
Avoidance of Hazardous Substances: The production process should not involve the use of substances that are hazardous to human health or the environment. This ensures that the materials meet certain safety and environmental standards.
Emission Control: The certified materials should not release pollutants during their use, which helps maintain good indoor air quality and reduces the impact on occupants and the environment.
In addition to the certification itself, ANAB provides product standards that outline the requirements and criteria for sustainable building products and furniture. ICEA, as the accredited institute, conducts the certification activities and verifies the materials and production processes to ensure compliance with the established standards.
Certified materials carry information on their sustainability, which can be used by architects and users to make informed decisions. They also come with installation and maintenance specifications that aim to minimize the environmental impact during both the construction and use of the building.
Overall, ANAB's certification scheme for bioedilizia (green building) and furniture focuses on promoting sustainable practices, transparency, and reduced environmental impact throughout the life cycle of building materials. It provides a valuable tool for architects, builders, and users to identify and choose environmentally friendly and sustainable products for construction and furniture applications.