1. Consultation Exterior panels and cladding 114

Consultation concerning revised criteria

Nordic Ecolabelling gives you the opportunity to comment on the proposal for criteria for Nordic Swan Ecolabelling for Exterior panels and cladding. The ecolabelling is assessed based on a life cycle perspective and fulfil high environmental and health requirements. Your comments are important and will be considered by the national Ecolabelling boards and the Nordic Ecolabelling Board.

We look forward to your comments, which should be sent to the Nordic Ecolabelling no later than 26/04-2024 to be taken into consideration.

Please find the proposed criteria for download further down on this page.

What has been changed?

  • Product definition
    • The criteria now also include wood plastic composite (WPC), surface treated solid wood used for cladding and aluminium used in fixing system/installation bracket for the installation of panels and cladding.
    • Cross laminated timber (CLT) has been removed to criteria for panels for interior use as these are primarily designed for use in protected environment.
    • Masonry façade tiles according to EN 771 is not part of the consultation criteria due to lack of energy data to identify any possible potential for this product type. However, we are still working to get more data to determine any potential and possible inclusion of masonry façade tiles in the future criteria.
  • New requirement for responsible sourcing of virgin mineral raw materials.
  • New raw material requirements for WPC and aluminium.
  • Stricter requirements for share of recycled raw materials in mineral wool-based panels.
  • New and stricter requirements for energy use in production of panels as well as production of cement.
  • The chemical requirements have been stringed in several ways e.g., a ban on using chemicals that are classified as environmentally harmful and the requirement for constituent substances now also includes CMR category 2 substances.
  • New requirement for minimum 50 year expected lifespan of the panel.
  • A new requirement for innovation has been introduced which promotes various measures to reduce the total environmental impact from production of panels, either related to the product itself or to conditions in production. At least one of the listed measures must be fulfilled.

In addition to the above mentioned we would also like your comments on the following matters

  • New requirement for durability or expected lifespan of the panel has been introduced in the criteria. By durability/expected lifespan is meant the stated service life in technical documents such as EPDs, ETA's or other 3 party verified declarations. Is this a good way of documenting the requirement or should we focus on warranty? We appreciate to have your comments on the requirement.

Documents for download


Please let us know if you prefer a hard copy, and we will send you one by mail.

Who can provide input?

All people, companies and institutions who are interested in taking part in the development work of Nordic Ecolabelling criteria for Exterior panels and cladding can provide us with their opinions and comments. We would appreciate if you kindly distribute information about this review to whom it may concern.

How can comments be sent in?

Your input is most valuable to our criteria development. We prefer to receive your answers via the form below, via mail or by e-mail to remiss@svanen.se

For further questions, please contact our Product Specialist
Anne-Charlotte Hansson, +46 8-55 55 24 76

What happens next?

When the consultation period is complete, the answers will be compiled and evaluated. For this reason, a new revised proposal for criteria will be submitted to the Swedish Ecolabelling Board and the other national committees. On this basis, the Nordic Ecolabelling Board will then decide on new criteria.

Part of the decision document is the summary of all consultation responses together with answers from Nordic Ecolabelling. The summary will be public and available on the Ecolabelling Sweden’s web page in connection with the publication of the new criteria.

We look forward to receiving your comments no later than 26/04-2024.

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