EPDs – What’s new, what’s now, what’s next?

A recent shift to take a more holistic approach to green building has led to a new conversation – one that puts more emphasis on performance outcomes and asks, “Do we have the tools in place to truly measure the environmental and human health impacts of our products?”

The Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) a broad alliance of researchers, associations and companies within the building industry came together in 2009 to move the conversation forward. Led by Kathrina Simonen, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of Washington, with the stated mission “to bring science and data of life cycle assessment (LCA) to the design and construction practice and to devise standards that will limit carbon footprints of building products,” the CLF has already accomplished several key milestones, including developing a concrete product category rule (PCR), preparing a report regarding the use of LCA in building codes for the State of Washington, and testing

[source: http://www.sustainableindustries.com/articles/2013/10/epds-%E2%80%93-what%E2%80%99s-new-what%E2%80%99s-now-what%E2%80%99s-next]

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