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UL Environment clarifies emerging EPD field

October 10, 2011
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NORTHBROOK, IL — UL Environment Inc. has released a white paper to help educate all stakeholders about Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and help clarify the role of the EPD Program Operator, according to a press release.

The new guidance document — Transparency and the Role of Environmental Product Declarations — accompanies the announcement of newly certified EPDs for Interface and Kingspan Insulated Metal Panels, and release of a Thermal Building Envelope Insulation Product Category Rule, the release stated.

According to the release, the report provides guidance on:

• Market demand for EPDs
• ISO 14025 compliant EPD creation process
• Importance of life cycle analysis in the EPD creation process
• Why Product Category Rules (PCRs) needed
• Necessity for PCR harmonization
• Role of the EPD Program Operator
• What''s next for EPDs, including the management of public data.

"As an EPD program operator, UL Environment is committed to educating the market about the internationally accepted guidelines for creating Environmental Product Declarations and their role in market transformation and improved transparency," said Stephen H. Wenc, president of UL Environment.

"Our goal is to create the tools and process that will allow architects, builders and procurement officers to credibly and consistently understand product impacts," Wenc added.

To read the report, click here.

Click here to read the complete release.

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