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EPDs Are the Future of the Building Industry, Whether You Like It or Not

Environmental product declarations are taking off, but can they actually fly? Experts share the ups and downs of this promising but imperfect transparency tool.

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Apples to Pineapples: Four Reasons You Can’t Compare EPDs

We’d love to use transparency tools to compare products “apples-to-apples.” But we’ve got a long way to go.

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How to Use EPDs in Your Practice: Advice from Designers

Sure, you can just check a box for LEED v4. But the data can also inform your project, if you use it wisely.

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Getting the EPD Credit in LEED v4: Atlanta Stadium

Innovations go far deeper than a stunning, biomimetic roof. The Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium aims to bring green building to the masses.

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LEED v4 and EPDs: How’s That Market Disruption Working Out for You?

More EPDs are appearing as a result of LEED v4, even as problems with data quality get worked out on the fly.

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Wood, Concrete, and Steel—And Their Incomparable EPDs

Don’t expect the turf battles over sustainability of structural systems to be settled anytime soon by EPDs.

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What’s an EPD? Environmental Product Declaration FAQs

We answer FAQs on EPDs, which allow manufacturers to disclose a product’s carbon footprint and other impacts.

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EPDs Will Change How We Build—But Slowly (Executive Summary)

Are EPDs actually going to have an impact on sustainable design and construction practices? Eventually. Just don’t get caught up in the hype.

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The DNA of EPDs: The Making of Product Category Rules

PCRs are the instruction manuals behind EPDs. They’re supposed to provide foolproof rules for conducting LCAs, but they can also be the system’s fatal flaw.

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Getting the EPD Credit in LEED v4: Canada Green Building Council Fit-Out

How to earn the LEED v4 credit for EPDs, from a Canadian practitioner helping design CaGBC’s new office

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Product News & Reviews

Styrofoam’s Chemistry Becoming Less Hazardous, Gradually

The world’s leading manufacturer of extruded polystyrene will phase out a toxic flame retardant around 2017 and problematic blowing agents by 2020.

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The Great Transparent Elevator: Disclosure on the Rise for Conveying Systems

ThyssenKrupp is documenting its footprint and optimizing ingredients for some of the most complex and costly building systems: elevators.

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Green Building News

SITES Exits Legal Limbo by Joining GBCI

The landscaping equivalent of LEED has joined the ranks of programs falling under GBCI’s green certification portfolio.

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Automatic LEED Points for CALGreen Code Compliance

Little more than a building permit is now needed to document six LEED credits if your project is subject to California code requirements.

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GSA Links High-Performance Outcomes to Integrated Design

Project teams appear to function better, and their buildings end up greener, under collaborative project delivery.

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Fedrizzi Announces Departure from USGBC

The board has until the end of 2016 to complete its search for the leader’s replacement.

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Class of 2030: Groups Agitate for Sustainability in Architecture Schools

Not everyone was satisfied with the 2014 environmental building criteria conditions from the NAAB. Here's what's happening now.

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From the Editors

EPDs: One Small Step for Design Professionals, a Giant Leap for Industry

Uptake of life-cycle assessment will produce huge amounts of data that designers can use to reduce whole-building impacts.

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