What does EPD stand for?
Emission values, life cycle costs, energy efficiency – these are just some of the specifications that need to be fulfilled by a sustainable building. The building materials used in the building and building products determine the impact on the environment to a decisive extent.
At the core of the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), which is internationally aligned with the ISO 14025 standard, is a comprehensive environmental performance evaluation providing information on the ecological efficiency of a product throughout its entire life cycle on the basis of various key environmental indicators.
EPDs contain details about the life cycle of a building product, life cycle assessment values, as well as test results for a detailed valuation, e.g. indoor TOC emissions. As an information platform for sustainable construction, it enables planners and building developers to integrate the aspect of sustainability right from the early planning phase of a building.
You will find examples of EPDs at: www.bau-umwelt.de. The German declaration system for EPDs for building products is organised by the Institute Construction and Environment (IBU, formerly the AUB). The IBU is an initiative of building material manufacturers committed to sustainable construction.