The equivalent of a sustainability “nutrition label,”? an EPD is a comprehensive disclosure of a product’s lifecycle-based environmental impacts. It documents environmental impacts from cradle to grave and offers a picture of effects on the atmosphere, water and earth. An EPD helps specifiers and purchasers assess lifecycle impacts and environmental attributes and facilitates product evaluation using factual data that is objective and transparent.
The resilient flooring EPDs are industry average, ISO 14025 Type III, third-party certified EPDs, which are recognized for contributing credits in LEED v4’s Material and Resources Credit 2. The EPDs report the industry average data for each product type, which was calculated by averaging together lifecycle assessment data from the participating manufacturers in each product type. These lifecycle assessments followed the industry Product Category Rules released last year, were completed in accordance with ISO 14025 guidelines, and were audited by PE International Inc. UL Environment, a leading EPD Program Operator and global environmental solutions company, reviewed, verified and registered the EPDs. EPDs are published for five categories of resilient flooring: