An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is the tool used to communicate the outcome of a life cycle assessment of the environmental impacts of a building material, product or system throughout the product's life cycle (from 'cradle to grave').
EPDs add several new market dimensions to inform about environmental performance of products and services with key characteristics and guiding principles resulting in a number of advantages both for organisations creating them as well as for those making use of EPD information.
We currently have EPD's for a number of our products including including EQUITONE [natura] and [textura], Cedral Weatherboard, Thrutone, Garsdale, Rivendale and Birkdale slates.
Getting to grips with an EPD
In November 2014, we sat down with a selection of architects, consultants, a sustainability editor and a programme operator to discuss the role of EPDs within construction material specification and how this may change in the future.
What became clear is that there is some confusion about EPDs among architects, specifiers and clients. Often an EPD is simply obtained without any analysis of the life cycle analysis data that is contained within the document. In addition there was even less awareness of the difference between generic vs. specific EPDs.
To help construction professionals understand what an EPD is and also, what it isn't, we have put together a short guide to help you get to grips with an EPD.