Product specifiers, project managers, stakeholders and consumers are increasingly demanding greater transparency about the environmental impacts of the products they purchase and use. EPDs – internationally recognized summary reports of environmental impacts associated with products and materials throughout their life cycle – can satisfy this demand.
SCS provides two types of EPDs: LEED v4-Compliant EPDs and Full Transparency EPDs, for even greater reliability and accuracy. Both EPDs conform to ISO 14025. Choose the EPD that best fits your needs.
Reports potential environmental impacts related to building and construction products under a limited set of impact categories and can be used to earn LEEDv4 credits.
Provides a comprehensive assessment of the environmental impacts of products to more effectively fulfill the promise of transparency, accuracy and comparability, based on an expanded life cycle assessment modeling.
The accuracy, transparency, and ultimate comparability of EPDs are a reflection of the scope of assessment required by the applicable Product Category Rule (PCR), the rigor of the life cycle assessment (LCA) performed, and the quality of the EPD report.
1. The international standard governing EPDs (ISO 14025) requires that certified EPDs be prepared in accordance with specific PCRs. PCRs define broad product categories, describe the scope of the life cycle assessment (LCA) to be conducted, and identify the types of potential impacts that must be evaluated.
2. The LCA is typically conducted by a recognized neutral third-party, in accordance with international LCA standards (ISO-14040 series). The assessment must, at a minimum, address each environmental or human health impact identified in the PCR.
3. The resulting EPD is based on the findings of this assessment. It must disclose all information required in ISO 14025 and defined in the PCR, including a description of the study scope, the product, results, and related details.