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Green Building

Green building (or sustainable building) is about creating healthier, more resource-efficient models of construction, renovation, operation, maintenance, and demolition.

Buildings and development have extensive effects on human health, natural resource use, and environmental quality. Buildings can also produce widespread air and water pollution, stormwater runoff, waste, and unhealthy indoor environments. Green building aims to reduce those impacts and transform buildings into a sustainable part of the landscape. Read more about green building.

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Product Category Rules for Building Products: Building the Infrastructure for Environmental Product Declarations

The U.S. EPA Region 10 and the Institute for Environmental Research and Education Exit EPA Disclaimer co-sponsored a workshop in November 2009 to work towards building the infrastructure for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). EPDs are ecolabels that disclose the environmental performance of products based on life cycle assessment (LCA), similar to how a nutrition label discloses the nutritional performance of food. Product Category Rules (PCRs) are detailed instructions on how to perform the LCA for the EPD. PCRs are required and lay the foundation for credible, comparable, and transparent EPDs.

At the workshop, participants identified training and marketing materials as a gap that needs to be filled in order for EPDs and the foundational PCRs to become mainstream. On this webpage, you will find general training resources and marketing materials aimed at manufacturers and consumers.

General Training
Archived webinar series: Fundamentals of Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Product Declarations, and Product Category Rules
Publication: LCA 101: Life Cycle Assessment - Principles and Practice

EPDs benefit manufacturers by providing a means to communicate validated, factual product environmental performance in a transparent way.
Environmental Product Declarations and Product Category Rules For Businesses (PDF) (11 pp. 254K) - Outlines key drivers and advocates for using EPDs and participating in PCR development.

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DISCLAIMER: The following documents do not constitute EPA policy. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use. Links to non-EPA web sites do not imply any official EPA endorsement of or a responsibility for the opinions, ideas, data, or products presented at those locations or guarantee the validity of the information provided. Links to non-EPA servers are provided solely as a pointer to information that might be useful to EPA staff and the public.

EPDs benefit consumers by disclosing validated and comprehensive information regarding a product’s environmental performance.
Environmental Product Declarations For Consumers (PDF) (7 pp. 152K) - Encourages consumers to ask for EPDs because they disclose validated, factual product environmental performance, reduce greenwashing, and link purchases to a greener world.

Project Next Steps
Upcoming Workshop – Monday, October 11, 2010
Product Category Rules (PCRs) for Building Products: Building the Infrastructure for Environmental Product Declarations
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