The LEED Product Guide

The LEED product guide is a free ebook for general contractors working on LEED projects.


The LEED Product Guide:

A framework of the product categories with the broadest number of manufacturers and product lines with EPDs, HPDs, Cradle to Cradle certifications, Declare labels.

Along with anything else you need to earn LEED materials credits for Environmental Product Declarations, Option 1 & Material Ingredient Reporting, Option 1.

✅ SECTION 1: Introduction

It wouldn’t be a day ending in “Y” if someone at Green Badger didn’t have a conversation with a project team that resulted in the exasperated question of “What the F@%K do I need to do to earn this credit?”

We do our best to help them figure it out by consistently engaging with teams across the country, diligently reviewing quarterly updates/addendums/CIRs (because what’s the point of creating a set of rules/standards if you’re not going to change them every three months), and venting/raging/problem solving with peer groups who feel the same frustrations as the rest of us.

In this section, we cover:

  • A brief Q&A of the differences between LEED v4 vs. v4.1
  • What makes a product compliant with LEED?

SECTION 2: Environmental Product Declarations, Option 1

Environmental product declarations are independently verified reports based on life-cycle assessment (LCA) studies. The LCA studies must have been conducted according to a set of common rules (“product category rules,” or PCRs) for each product category and then peer-reviewed.

EPDs are managed and created by “program operators” — organizations that ensure that the EPDs meet the various requirements. In the U.S. you’ll see those from UL, SCS, ASTM or NSF, though there are a few other that are coming around.

Broadly speaking, there are 3 main types of EPDs that we come across:

  • Industry Wide
  • Product Specific Type III, Internally Reviewed
  • Product Specific Type III, Externally Reviewed

In this section, we’ll break down everything you need to know about finding compliant EPDs!

SECTION 3: Material Ingredient Reporting, Option 1

There are multiple types of documentation that contribute towards ingredient reporting. The three most common the Badger sees are:

  • Health Product Declarations
  • Declare Labels
  • Cradle to Cradle certifications (or material health certificates).

In this section, we’ll take a look at what each one is, and what they need to show to comply with the LEED credits.

SECTION 4: LEED Compliant Products

Now onto the main course – where should I be looking for products that meet the LEED requirements? The Badger’s about to tell you!

We’ll offer a precursor beforehand: the Badger does not endorse, recommend, prefer, sponsor, etc. any of the brands and products listed. Nor is this a comprehensive list of every single product that exists with an EPD or HPD.
What follows are product categories that are found on nearly any construction project:

  • Insulation
  • Flooring
  • Gypsum Board
  • Ceiling Tile & Grid
  • Paint
  • Doors & Hardware

Download the LEED Product Guide