This guidance is created to assist Product LCA & EPD users.
The creation and implementation of EPDs in construction projects and manufacturing is voluntary. However, the emphasis on environmental impacts is a growing trend. Accordingly, the amount of EPDs and their use is rapidly growing, too. Due to the increasing awareness surrounding global warming and carbon emissions, both public and private stakeholders are demanding EPDs more and more.
It is also a trend that will be regulated by legislative institutions. In the case of the EU, the legal act of Construction Products Regulation 305/2011/EU has been established. It regulates the marketing practices of environmentally friendly construction products and prescribes the use of EPDs to assess the footprint of the construction industry on the environment. Therefore, if you wish to create and advertise a claim that your business is environmentally friendly, the right way to do it would be using EPDs.
If you strive for a positive differentiation and a competitive advantage over your competitors, EPDs provide an opportunity to help you establish solutions that are environmentally friendly inside your product category or among similar competitor products.
Also, EPDs are an important part of all major environmental certifications. Getting the required credits is becoming a more and more challenging task with each new certification version. For instance, Gold and Platinum LEED certifications are incredibly demanding to achieve, and this is where EPDs can help you out. Achieving EPD and LCA credits is very cost-efficient and easy compared to other credits’ requirements for your building’s certifications.