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Environmental Product Declarations

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Offered by Environmental Design & Construction





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As demand for environmental transparency grows, EPDs increasingly inform product purchasing and decision-making. By Paul Firth, EPDProgram Manager, UL Environment. For architects, designers, and other professionals in the green building industry, environmental product declarations (EPDs) are becoming the transparency tool of choice. After reading this article, readers should be able to achieve the identified learning objectives. This course will be published in ED+C magazine and hosted online. EDC is the official magazinefor the LEEDr professional. This course is appropriate for all architectural and building professions. ED+C readers and others, including architects, interior designers, contractors, specifiers, facility managers and building owners are the target audience. No prerequisites are required.


1.) Identify the global demand for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in the building industry.

2.) Understand how transparency and life-cycle assessment help shape EPDs.

3.) Explain the importance of Product Category Rules (PCRs) in EPD development.

4.) Assess the limitations of EPDs and benefits for making smarter product selection decisions.

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