Course Handout: Transparency and the Role of Environmental Product Declarations

In the world of Sustainability, the need for authenticity, credibility and truth often is mitigated by eco-labels. The emergence of over 400 eco-labels has left many consumers and purchasers confused about the credibility of environmental and sustainable claims. The combination of the eco-label with transparency based disclosure tools gives architects, designers, and specifiers the tools they need to make smarter purchasing decisions, and confidence that the claims on which they are basing their purchases and the companies they support align with their values. Through the use of EPDs, transparency is quickly becoming a requirement. This course will elaborate on the development of and uses for EPDs.

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LCA, Life Cycle Assessment, LEED, EPD, UL Environment

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