This brand new credit requires products to have an Environmental Product Declaration. Otherwise known as EPD’s, these documents are independently verified reports based on life-cycle assessment (LCA) that are conducted according to product category rules (PCR’s). Leading program operators such as UL Environment, Institut Bauen und Umwelt and NSF International ensure that EPD’s meet the various requirements outlined by the product category rules.
- EPD’s are becoming common practice within the industry and should be relatively easy to collect and document
- Keep an eye out for EPD’s that conform to ISO 14025, 14040, 14044 and EN 15804 or ISO 21930, such as Industry-wide (generic) EPD’s and Product-specific Type III EPD’s for higher product value within the credit achievement calculation
- Early material vetting is required to ensure 20+ different products from 5+ different manufacturers is met
- Target Option 1 early for easy credit achievement, while Option 2 will lag because of cost-based compliance
- UL Environment: http://productguide.ulenvironment.com/QuickSearch.aspx
- Institut Bauen und Umwelt: http://ibu-epd.com/en/epd-program/published-epds/
- NSF International: http://www.nsf.org/newsroom/resources/category/environmental-product-declaration