In an effort to combat climate change, promote the use of sustainable materials and improve health, the U.S. Green Building Council and Underwriter Laboratories have joined forces on initiatives to promote building transparency. The first will create a report that “quantifies the environmental impact of a product throughout its life cycle.”
LEEDv4 puts a stronger emphasis on life cycle assessments (LCAs), product disclosures, increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. The overall goals are to reverse global climate change, promote sustainable material cycles, and improve health.
“What we’re doing with the USGBC is the ultimate in logo and labeling,” said Paul Firth, a UL product manager. “We’re going to joint label the EPD. I think we’ll see some concerns about LCAs and EPDs put to rest. Right now you could use a certified EPD to say I’m a green product without having the achievement to hold up with it and say it is a good performing product. You want both.”
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