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Concrete Industry Issues Environmental Product Declarations

The North American Precast Concrete industry has released Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in three key precast concrete product categories: architectural and insulated wall panels, structural precast concrete products and underground precast concrete products. The EPDs will allow architects, engineers, building owners and other specifiers to better understand the environmental impacts … Read more »

Green Building Consortium Launched for Environmental Product Declarations Market

Leading green building organizations — ASTM International, ICC Evaluation Service, NSF International and Sustainable Minds — tomorrow will launch the first Program Operator Consortium in the environmental product declarations market at Greenbuild 2015. The consortium will serve as an expert resource and advocate for creating product category rules (PCRs), reviewing … Read more »

UL Publishes Material-Agnostic Product Category Rule for Cladding

UL Environment has published a new material-agnostic product category rule (PCR) for cladding products. Using this PCR will allow manufacturers to cut through the clutter of the 14 different material-specific PCRs currently existing, UL says. The market demand for increased transparency and data in the building materials marketplace has been … Read more »

NSF Receives ANSI Program Operator Status to Develop PCRs, Verify EPDs

NSF International has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a program operator for both the development of product category rules (PCRs) and the verification of environmental product declarations (EPDs). As an EPD and PCR program operator, NSF International says it will help meet the growing demand … Read more »

NSF Verifies First Industry-Wide EPD for Water, Sewer Piping

The Uni-Bell PVC Pipe Association (PVCPA) has published the first North American industry-wide environmental product declaration (EPD) for water and sewer piping, and it has been verified by NSF Sustainability. The EPD was developed in compliance with international environmental management guidelines (ISO 14025) and benchmarks the impacts of seven PVC … Read more »

SM Transparency Reports

SM Environmental Transparency Reports Reduce Reporting Time, Costs

Sustainable Minds, a B2B cloud provider of environmental product transparency applications, services and data, has introduced the 2015 SM Transparency Report Framework and Program to help manufacturers create and deliver product transparency reports. The goals of the SM Transparency Report Program is to reduce creation time and cost while increasing … Read more »

UL

UL, BRE Announce Mutual Recognition EPD

UL Environment has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Building Research Establishment to jointly recognize each other’s environmental product declarations. Mutual recognition offers manufacturers a simpler entry to the global marketplace, says Lisa Meier, vice president and general manager of UL Environment. UL says it is partnering with global … Read more »

LCA Software Lets Manufacturers Upload EPDs for Comparison

Product manufacturers have a new tool to get their Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in front of construction project design teams with a new functionality of life cycle assessment tool eToolLCD. The eToolLCD now allows users to enter their own EPDs listed in the software, allowing users and designers to compare … Read more »

Tarkett Publishes EDPs for Sustainable Building Materials

Sustainable flooring and sports surface company Tarkett has published environmental product declarations for the Johnsonite Arcade Rubber Sheet Flooring and Johnsonite BaseWorks Thermoset Rubber Wall Base. Together with environmental health statements, EPDs allow manufacturers to meet the increasing demands by architects, designers and the United States Green Building Council for … Read more »

DIRTT Completes Industry-First EPDs

DIRTT (Doing It Right This Time) Environmental Solutions, which uses 3D software to design, manufacture and install fully customized prefab interiors, has completed a third-party verified life cycle assessment and 15 environmental product declarations for prefabricated modular walls. DIRTT says it also established the global product category rule for interior … Read more »

Aluminum Environmental Product Declarations Released

The Aluminum Association has released environmental product declarations for various types of aluminum products. The EPDs provide detailed information on major aspects of a product’s potential environmental impact such as global warming, acidification and eutrophication. The declarations will educate end users of aluminum — from builders to transportation firms to … Read more »