While the interest in green building certifications including LEED and Green Globes continues to grow, so too does the market for environmentally-friendly building materials. A new resource has been created to assist building professionals in making eco-friendly purchasing decisions – the Environmental Product Declaration Registry. The database is searchable by product name or manufacturer and can help decision-makers better understand the environmental impact of specific building products.
Environmental product declarations (EPDs) measure environmental impact across five areas – potential to contribute to global warming, ozone depletion, acidification, eutrophication, and smog-producing capabilities. Not only can reviewing EPDs make it easier to gain green certification for new construction or retrofits, they are also created in a uniform manner based on a lifecycle cost analysis, meaning they provide a standardized way to evaluate product characteristics and qualities.
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