with their dollars. Architects vote with their specifications.
With greenwashing on the rise, claims of a
product’s sustainability are no longer enough. Customers now demand
proof. GreenCE has teamed up with Elixir Environmental to help building
product manufacturers develop Health Product Declarations (HPD),Environmental
Product Declarations (EPD), and Life Cycle Assessments (LCA).
Our team develops customized programs for your company,
whether you are budget conscious or engaged in a comprehensive
approach. As with most clients who participate in multiple
programs, a synergy occurs through a multi-faceted
approach,enabling you to reach your specification goals
quickly and efficiently.
manufacturers have several new opportunities to get
specified by contributing more
points on projects under LEED v4. The life-cycle approach
to Materials and Resources credits in LEED provide
incentives for project teams to specify products from
manufacturers that provide full transparency of their
product’s environmental performance.
AEC firms are requesting HPDs from product manufacturers.
as Smith Group, Perkins+Will, HDR, and HKS are requiring
HPD for all future projects. Product manufacturers who
do not comply will be removed from the firm’s product
library and not considered for specification. The Health
Product Declaration Open Standard TM (HPD) provides a
standardized way of reporting the material contents of
building products, and the health effects associated
with these materials. The HPD is developed according
to the directions set forth by the Health
Product Declaration Collaborative TM, and is considered
to be complementary to life cycle documentation such
as LCA and EPD.
While the ideal for the HPD’s inventory of contents
is 100% disclosure of both content identity and hazards,
the HPD Open Standard
supports a variety of standards when disclosure limitations exist,
including intellectual property concerns, technical capacity and
supply chain communication gaps. Thus, a variety of threshold standards
for disclosure of intentional ingredients or residuals are supported,
including limiting the disclosure to only the functional role and
associated health impacts in order to protect proprietary chemicals
Building products can contribute LEED points via an HPD under LEED MRc4:
Building Product Disclosure and Optimization: Material Ingredients. The intent
of this credit is to encourage the use of products and materials for which
ingredients are fully disclosed,and that have environmentally, economically,
and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.
more information on developing an HPD, please contact:
Tara Blank, PhD
Product Declaration (EPD)
|This document is similar
to a nutrition label for foods, serving to effectively
communicate the environmental performance of your product
to your customers. EPDs are created according to internationally
harmonized standards and are third-party verified, ensuring
that the results for your product are valid, and allowing
direct comparisons to be made between your product and
others in the marketplace. EPDs are considered the gold
standard in transparency.
Building products can contribute LEED points via an EPD under LEED MRc2: Building
Product Disclosure and Optimization: Environmental Product Declaration. This
credit rewards project teams for selecting building products and materials
for which life-cycle information is available, and from manufacturers that
have verified reductions in environmental impact.
In this credit, Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) provide a standardized
way of quantifying the environmental performance of a product. The EPD includes
information on the environmental impact of raw material extraction, energy
use and efficiency,content of materials and chemical substances, emissions
to air, soil, and water, and waste generation.
|Life Cycle Assessment
Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a holistic approach to determining
environmental impacts of a product or service–from
extraction of raw materials and processing, to distribution,
use, and end of life. By translating input and output
data into more environmentally relevant information,
LCA can offer a window into the environmental performance
of your product. Here’s a short video to learn
can determine which materials or processes in your
value chain most heavily contribute to such impact categories
as global warming, acidification, and ozone depletion.
LCA can also establish a benchmark for making improvements,
and serves as the basis for creating your product's Environmental
Product Declaration (EPD). To schedule a free webinar
for your company about HPD, EPD, and LCA, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or
|For more information
on Elixir Environmental, please visit: : http://www.elixirenvironmental.com.