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Independent EPD verification by NSF provides an internationally recognized way to objectively compare products in the same functional category by their true impact on the environment. Buyers, architects, designers and consumers can use verified EPDs to assess the ecological impact of the full lifecycle of a product from raw material extraction to disposal. Manufacturers use this process to reduce energy consumption, gauge the position of their products in the marketplace and show transparency in their environmental claims.
Verified EPDs also help building projects qualify for points through the Material and Resources category in LEED v4.1 (under the credit “Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations”) and the International Green Construction Code. EPDs are also increasingly required in international markets for consumer and commercial products.
Before an EPD can be developed, there must be an associated product category rule (PCR). A PCR defines how environmental product attributes are measured for products in a specific category. These rules guide the development of ISO-compliant life cycle assessments (LCAs). There are hundreds of existing PCRs for many different product types, including:
New PCRs are always being developed. If your product is not covered under an existing PCR, contact NSF to learn more about the development process.
Third-party EPD verification demonstrates that the data was collected in accordance with the applicable PCR and meets all ISO requirements. The process generally involves:
With EPD verification you can differentiate your products based on their environmental performance, meet your clients’ needs for credible information and prepare for the growing demand for products that are sustainable and safe for the environment.
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