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Full Transparency in Product Declarations

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When selecting and specifying building materials, architects and interior designers need to rely on data from manufacturers regarding the make-up and performance of those materials. In order to verify product claims, independent testing or certification is required so the building owner has some basis to feel comfortable and protected in the selections being made. The emerging use of standardized Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) is quickly becoming the tool that can inform those who specify products on a range ofenvironmental issues. This is fundamentally viewed as a good thing but there are still some limitations in the data made available through the criteria behind the EPDs or disclosed by some product manufacturers. Recognizing this, a movement has begun that looks deeper into the impacts of building products not only on the natural environment, but also on human health. This article examines theimportance of complete transparency in reporting by industries and individual product manufacturers.

Objectives

Identify and differentiate emerging practices involved in quantifying the environmental impacts of building materials and products.

Investigate and distinguish between toxicity to the environment and toxicity to human health.
Explore the role of EnvironmentalProduct Declarations and other initiatives as part of green building certification programs.
Evaluate specific programs that address Health Product Declarations and the relative toxicity of materials.

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