The best route to a sustainable building is knowing what’s in the materials used to build it, but questions remain among manufacturers and buyers about how to evaluate and compare the environmental profiles of similar building products and materials.

Product transparency reports like Environmental Product Declarations, Health Product Declarations and Declare labels help meet this challenge.

This course will discuss how these tools collectively provide information about the environmental performance and impact of products and offer an objective means of comparing similar products.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine the need to reduce the environmental impact of buildings and the global demand for product transparency in the building industry.
  • Describe the relationship between Product Category Rules (PCRs), Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs), Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Health Product Declarations (HPDS), and Declare Labels.
  • Identify how product transparency reports such LCAs, EPDs, HPDs and Declare Labels help meet the demand for product transparency.
  • Understand how to interpret product transparency reports and apply these tools to specify sustainable and healthy building products.

Pre-Requisite: None