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Understanding environmental product declarations

This is an excerpt of an environmental product declaration (EPD) transparency brief for sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF) from the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA), filed with EPD program operator Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Environment. Image courtesy SPFA

by Paul Bertram, FCSI, CDT, LEED AP, GGP

Buildings designed with energy efficiency in mind are becoming the norm. In fact, according to a 2013 McGraw-Hill study, “firms are shifting their business toward green building, with 51 percent of respondents planning more than 60 percent of their work to be green by 2015.” As a result, design/construction professionals are constantly seeking methods to verify the ‘greenness’ of buildings.

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BHMA: Continent’s first PCRs for architectural hardware

Product category rules (PCRs) for door hardware have been created to assist manufacturers in writing environmental product declarations (EPDs). Photo © BigStockPhoto/KTS Design

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) has published product category rules (PCRs) for locks, latches, exit devices, door closers, and hinges. This sets the framework for manufacturers to develop environmental product declarations (EPDs), ultimately increasing transparency and helping design professionals compare components.

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