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Rating systems for building products

Sunda hus and Byggvarubedömningen

In recent years, several systems for the assessment of building products from environmental and health standpoints have come to the fore, such as Sound houses (Sunda hus) and Building Product Assessment (Byggvarubedömningen). These systems assess building products for customers such as contractors, builders, architects, insurance companies, etc. The aim, among other things, is for the client to get an idea whether the product in question is a good choice from environmental and health perspectives or whether there are better alternatives.


Sunda hus


Nordic Swan ecolabel

The Nordic Swan eco-label applies for Paroc’s suspended ceilings PARAFON® HYGIENE, CLASSIC and EXCLUSIVE with edge A. The swan eco-label guarantees that Paroc meets the criteria for environmental and hazardous substances, energy and resource consumption, waste management, recycling, etc. A the current time, it is only Paroc’s suspended ceilings that carry the Nordic Swan eco-label. This is because the criteria has yet to be set to label other insulation products. However, it is possible to Swan label a building. The Swan eco-label has developed a criteria document for single family homes, apartment blocks and nursery school buildings. Applicants for such licences must complete the requirements document and apply for a licence. Producers of products that are not possible to Swan label, such as insulation materials, must fill out a criteria document that is a declaration that the product does not contain undesirable chemical substances.




In addition to the above type of systems, there is also BASTA whose characteristic criteria are based on the European chemicals legislation, REACH. Here Paroc answers for its own assessment. Only products that meet the characteristics criteria can be registered.




Paroc Group is a premium member of the European Industrial Insulation Foundation. The foundation was established to increase and establish the use of industrial insulation as a generally accepted way of creating sustainable development.