Environmental Product Declarations
Analyzing LEED Building Materials and Other Building Products
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is created for a product in order to analyze the environmental impacts of products with comparable uses. With our expertise in LEED building materials, Epsten Group is one of just a few companies to achieve ANSI accreditation in the Pilot Accreditation Program from Environmental Labels and Declarations. Our EPD program can guide you through the challenging data collection, scoping, evaluation, analysis and documentation required to create an accredited EPD for your product or line of products.
With the new LEED v4 credit Materials and Resources: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Environmental Product Declaration, the demand for EPDs and Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) of building products has never been greater. At Epsten Group, we can work with you to achieve one of two options toward this credit:
- An LCA of your product, which is critically reviewed, is counted as one-quarter of a product toward the credit within the LEED guidelines. This may be a more feasible choice for products that do not fall under a current Product Category Rule (PCR). A PCR is a set of guidelines that products within that category must use when conducting an LCA in order to be compared to similar products.
- For products that fall under a PCR, creating an EPD may make more sense. An EPD uses the results from an LCA to create a summary report of environmental impacts. We will work with you to have the EPD third-party certified, so that it will be counted as a full product toward the credit.
All LCAs will conform to ISO 14044, and all EPDs will conform to ISO 14025, 14040, 14044 and 21930, as required. Epsten Group has experts in LCA and LEED certification who will work closely with you to evaluate options and guide you through the jargon-heavy arena of EPDs to ensure you have a LEED compliant EPD or LCA.
Using the LCA results, we also work with manufacturers to understand the areas with the greatest potential to increase efficiency and reduce environmental impacts. The LCA analysis helps manufacturers identify major contributors to life cycle impacts so alternatives can be considered. Depending on the scope of your needs, we will facilitate the LCA of your product from cradle-to-gate, cradle-to-grave or cradle-to-cradle so you can see the impact of every life cycle phase, including extraction, manufacturing, transportation, use, disposal and reuse.
Epsten Group can manage the entire EPD process for your product, working with outside contractors to ensure unbiased reviews of the LCA and EPD, as required for LEED building materials and ANSI guidelines. Product lines that include multiple products that have similar sourcing and manufacturing processes may be eligible for a group discount, creating EPDs for each product at a discounted price. If you have internal capacity to create EPDs, Epsten Group is also accredited as a Third-Party Reviewer, which is a requirement for products to qualify as a LEED building material for the LEED credit.
Learn more about our LEED certification services by visiting our LEED Consulting.