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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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Latest Stories

What’s an EPD? Environmental Product Declaration FAQs

Orwellian EPDs Ignore the Worst Impacts of Wood, Vinyl

How EPDs Are Improving Our Products: A Manufacturer’s Perspective

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

Wood, Concrete, and Steel—And Their Incomparable EPDs

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

How the 2015 EBie Award Winners Did It

Seven Things Manufacturers Wish You Understood About EPDs

How to Use EPDs in Your Practice: Advice from Designers

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

How to Read an EPD: 7 Tips from the Field (Video)

Styrofoam’s Chemistry Becoming Less Hazardous, Gradually

Getting the EPD Credit in LEED v4: Atlanta Stadium

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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Cladding Industry Agrees to One Rulebook for Conducting LCAs

One set of rules, called PCRs, now governs environmental reporting for all cladding products, regardless of whether they are wood, vinyl, or metal.

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Consolidation of Green Codes Continues

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.

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How ‘Safe’ Chemicals Could Team Up to Cause Cancer

Chemicals that are benign on their own may turn malignant in combination with others circulating in the environment, researchers warn.

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How the 2015 EBie Award Winners Did It

Underrated and overlooked building operators and facility managers received their due at the annual EBie awards.

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Mothers Who Clean for a Living More Likely to Have Babies with Genital Defects

Health linkages to a variety of chemicals common in buildings, including endocrine disruptors, add to a growing list of concerns.

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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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From the Editors

How EPDs Are Improving Our Products: A Manufacturer’s Perspective

Orwellian EPDs Ignore the Worst Impacts of Wood, Vinyl

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

Seven Things Manufacturers Wish You Understood About EPDs

BackPage Primer

How to Read an EPD: 7 Tips from the Field (Video)

In this short video primer, Arup engineer Frances Yang explains how to get what you need from environmental product declarations.

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August 2015

Volume 24, Number 8

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