Materials transparency takes center stage at Greenbuild 2014

At Greenbuild 2014, one of the hot topics was materials transparency as part of LEED v4 that launched last year.

LEED v4 adopted construction material requirements including two new concepts, Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA).

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) created a joint environmental product declaration (EDP) intended to increase transparency in building materials and products used in buildings, homes, schools, hospitals and other structures. EPDs are a standardized way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product or system.

At Greenbuild 2014, Laura Marlow, LEED AP, a senior director of strategic partnerships with CMD, talked with ProudGreenHome.com editor Gary Wollenhaupt about the impact on the building industry of the EPD and also the HPD or Health Product Declaration.

An Environmental Product Declaration, or EPD, is a rigorous third part examination of a product or product family's environmental impact. Evaluations are based on a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) that is performed using established Product Category Rules (PCRs).

The HPD Collaborative is a collaboration of organizations, corporations, and companies that promote an open standard for health product declaration. Through the HPD, manufacturers report what makes up their product and any hazards of which consumers need to be made aware.

Read more about LEED and other green building certifications.


Topics: Architectural Firms, Associations / Organizations, Building Owners and Managers, Certifications, Construction Firms, Urban Planning and Design, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council


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