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Environmental product declarations are taking off, but can they actually fly? Experts share the ups and downs of this promising but imperfect transparency tool.
Innovations go far deeper than a stunning, biomimetic roof. The Atlanta Falcons’ new stadium aims to bring green building to the masses.
More EPDs are appearing as a result of LEED v4, even as problems with data quality get worked out on the fly.
Don’t expect the turf battles over sustainability of structural systems to be settled anytime soon by EPDs.
We answer FAQs on EPDs, which allow manufacturers to disclose a product’s carbon footprint and other impacts.
We’d love to use transparency tools to compare products “apples-to-apples.” But we’ve got a long way to go.
Sure, you can just check a box for LEED v4. But the data can also inform your project, if you use it wisely.
Are EPDs actually going to have an impact on sustainable design and construction practices? Eventually. Just don’t get caught up in the hype.
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.
How to earn the LEED v4 credit for EPDs, from a Canadian practitioner helping design CaGBC’s new office
Product News & Reviews
The world’s leading manufacturer of extruded polystyrene will phase out a toxic flame retardant around 2017 and problematic blowing agents by 2020.
The Securock ExoAir 430 system combines USG’s gypsum sheathing with a factory-applied air-and-water barrier from Tremco for jobsite quality control.
Green Building News
The landscaping equivalent of LEED has joined the ranks of programs falling under GBCI’s green certification portfolio.
Little more than a building permit is now needed to document six LEED credits if your project is subject to California code requirements.
Project teams appear to function better, and their buildings end up greener, under collaborative project delivery.
The board has until the end of 2016 to complete its search for the leader’s replacement.
Not everyone was satisfied with the 2014 environmental building criteria conditions from the NAAB. Here's what's happening now.
From the Editors
Some manufacturers say creating EPDs has improved their products. But they also have important messages for the design community.
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