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Course Description: AEC Daily: The ABCs of EPDs: An Introduction to Environmental Product Declarations for Building Designers and Managers
The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is not just an idea about how to “grade the greenness” of products; it is a well-developed, globally recognized way to make responsible comparisons and decisions regarding sustainable material design and continuous improvement. This course discusses the concept of the EPD as applied to building materials and how to integrate EPDs into design and product selection decisions. Detailed information from different thermal insulation EPDs is used to demonstrate how thermal insulation provides a unique and significant payback in terms of energy and environmental impacts.
Discuss the importance of EPDs to sustainable material selection and building design.
Explain how EPDs are developed to ensure scientific accuracy and functional comparability.
Summarize how EPDs are being incorporated into key green building guidelines, standards, and codes.
Evaluate a number of recent EPDs covering different types of building insulation with a goal of determining how they can help in the design of sustainable buildings.