Transparency: The Role of Environmental Product Declarations

Recently, building product transparency has started to gain traction in North America; changes in consumer expectations, building certification systems, and international laws and standards have finally begun to converge in standardized corporate reporting about any number of environmental, social, and health impacts. International tools have been developed to easily communicate some of this information through what is known as an environmental product declaration (EPD), which can be thought of as a nutrition label for building products. This course will provide an understanding of the global demand for environmental product declarations in the building industry, how they are developed, and their limitations.