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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
Green Building News
The landscaping equivalent of LEED has joined the ranks of programs falling under GBCI’s green certification portfolio.
One set of rules, called PCRs, now governs environmental reporting for all cladding products, regardless of whether they are wood, vinyl, or metal.
In response to calls from the industry, the two most prominent green codes will be consolidated, with ASHRAE 189.1 to serve as the backbone of IgCC.
Chemicals that are benign on their own may turn malignant in combination with others circulating in the environment, researchers warn.
Underrated and overlooked building operators and facility managers received their due at the annual EBie awards.
Health linkages to a variety of chemicals common in buildings, including endocrine disruptors, add to a growing list of concerns.
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.
From the Editors
In this short video primer, Arup engineer Frances Yang explains how to get what you need from environmental product declarations.