Sorting Out the Alphabet Soup of Sustainability: LCAs, EPDs and HPDs

The multitude of rating systems and product labels is causing tremendous confusion in the building industry. Multiple, overlapping and sometimes conflicting reporting formats make sorting out the green from the greenwash increasingly difficult. The presentation, “Sorting out the alphabet soup of sustainability: LCAs, EPDs and HPDs,” by Lisa Britton, CSI, CCPR, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, Industrial Louvers, Inc., covers the basics of three types of reporting: Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs), Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs). Each has an important role to play and provides challenges and opportunities for product evaluation.

In addition to describing the purposes of LCAs, HPDs, and EPDs, the session will cover how each of these systems contributes to new MR credits in LEED v4, Green Globes, the Living Building Challenge and other rating systems. Britton will also discuss the limitations and information gaps in existing tools for evaluating the sustainability of products, as well as share a manufacturer’s perspective on providing sustainability information and the challenges and opportunities associated with leading these efforts.

This year’s keynote speaker, Doug Kridler, is sponsored by The Columbus Foundation’s Green Funds.

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