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Product-specific EPDs seen as key aid to earning green building credits

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Product-specific EPDs seen as key aid to earning green building credits

The product-specific EPDs allow designers to more quickly earn a LEED v4 credit in the Materials & Resources category.

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | April 6, 2017

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Construction and design professionals can more easily find and use sustainable building materials with product-specific environmental product declarations (EPDs).

Some construction materials vendors are making such specific information readily available. For example, two flooring manufacturers, Tarkett, with a new product catalog, and Gerflor USA, with new product-specific environmental product declarations (EPDs), have addressed this need.

Gerflor has published product-specific EPDs for all of its commercial flooring brands including Mipolam, Taraflex, Taralay and Creation LVT. Product-specific EPDs allow architects and designers to more quickly and efficiently earn a LEED v4 credit in the Materials & Resources category, according to Gerflor.

Tarkett, in partnership with Sustainable Minds, has launched the SM Transparency Catalog. The catalog includes sustainability information on more than 850 Tarkett products. EPDs provide a comprehensive overview of a product’s environmental impact.

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