EPD Services

An EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) is a complete report of the life cycle environmental impact of a product. It is used by manufacturers to show that their product meets sustainability standards. Specifically, ISO 14025.  EPDs are based on a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) according to ISO 14040 and ISO 14044.

Types of EPD

While an EPD is for disclosure-purposes only, who prepares it carries a weight in obtaining sustainability credibility by providing validated supporting documentation towards credits with systems like LEEDv4, WELL and other sustainability-driven certifications.  They can be self-declared, or certified by a 3rd-party.  Clearly, having the EPD created by someone other than the manufacturer carries more weight.

EPD Level I

  • Self-declared
  • Cradle-to-Gate
  • From the raw material extraction and processing until the end of the manufacturing process

EPD Level II

  • Self-declared
  • Cradle-to-Gate with Options
  • Like Level I, and adds other optional information for the end of life stage such as impacts during demolition and waste disposal stages

EPD Level III

  • 3rd party-created
  • Cradle-to-Grave
  • Complete life-cycle of the product, including installation into the building, maintenance, replacement, and end of life stages

Services

Consulting

Assist manufacturers understand the EPD preparation process and provide them with credible resources.  Good for levels I and II for manufacturers who want to prepare EPDs in house.

EPD Standard

Prepare industry-standard EPD Level III.  Complete with ingredient research, document formatting, ready to be filed.

EPD Plus

Prepare an EPD Level III and counsel the manufacturer about offensive ingredients that need to be modified in order to pass certification.  Once the ingredients are replaced, update the EPD.