The equivalent of a sustainability “nutrition label,” an EPD is a comprehensive disclosure of a product’s lifecycle-based environmental impacts (on atmosphere, water and earth), from cradle to grave. An EPD helps specifiers and purchasers assess lifecycle impacts and environmental attributes and facilitates product evaluation using clear, factual data.
Accepted internationally, these new wallcovering EPDs are industry average, ISO 14025, Type III, and third-party certified. They are recognized for contributing credits in LEED v4’s Material and Resources Credit 2. The EPDs report the industry average data for each of the product types and were calculated by averaging together lifecycle assessment data from the participating manufacturers, including LSI. These lifecycle assessments follow the wallcovering industry Product Category Rules released in 2017. In the U.S., the EPDs are certified by UL Environments. They were authored by Bremen, Germany-based Brands and Values and published by the Institut Bauen und Umwelt e.V. (IBU), a leading EPD Program operator and global environmental solutions company.
“The global wallcoverings industry has worked diligently to bring internationally accepted EPDs to the market,” said Wallcoverings Association Executive Director Matt Bruno. “The wallcoverings industry has been at the forefront of sustainability efforts, developing the multi-attribute NSF 342 Standard and the W-101 Quality Standard. Publishing EPDs was an important next step in bringing complete transparency and clarity to the sustainability process.”
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