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MRc2 Option 1: Environmental Product Declarations
Environmental product declarations used to be rare as an albino jackalope, but these days there are a lot of options across the spectrum. That’s not to say you’ll be walking the job site and trip over a pile of environmental product declarations (EPDs). In fact, most products still don’t have them, but if you know where to look it's like shooting fish in a barrel. Where do I look, you may ask? Well, that’s what we're going to tell you in this ebook!
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Download the MRc2 Option 1 eBook to get all the LEED requirements, strategies, and best practices to achieve MRc2 Option 1 Environmental Product Declarations.
Requirements for MRc2 Option 1 Environemtnal Product Declarations in LEED v4 and v4.1
1 Point: For most LEED BD+C Projects: 20 products with qualifying environmental product declarations.
1 Point: For Commercial Interiors, Core and Shell, and Warehouse projects, 10 products with qualifying environmental product declarations.
Exemplary Performance Point: 40 products (20 for CI, C&S, Warehouse)
You may be asking, why is the word qualifying in italics? What’s the hidden meaning behind that? Unsurprisingly, not all EPDs are created the same, and LEED has a number of different requirements and standards that an EPD must have incorporated, or you’re SOL. Download the eBook to get Green badger's advice on actionable strategies and best practices for finding Environmental Product Declarations.
Download the MRc2 Option 1 eBook to get Actionable Strategies + Best Practices for finding Environmental Product Declarations
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What is an Environmental Product Declaration?
Here are the basics. 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 others that are coming around.