Environmental Product Declarations
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a comprehensive, internationally-harmonized report that documents the ways in which a product, throughout its lifecycle, affects the environment.
An EPD tells the lifecycle story of a product in a single, written report, focusing on information about a product’s environmental impact, such as global warming, ozone depletion, water pollution, ozone creation, and greenhouse gas emissions. An EPD can also include other impacts that are of particular interest to the discloser, such as human toxicity, risk and corporate social responsibility.
EPDs do not rank products, and the existence of an EPD for a product does not indicate that environmental performance criteria have been met. EPDs are a disclosure tool that helps purchasers better understand a product’s sustainable qualities and environmental repercussions so they can make more informed product selections.
EPDs can be developed after a product lifecycle assessment (LCA) is conducted, and are based on applicable product category rules (PCRs).
EPDs can be used to achieve up to 2 points in the LEED v4 rating system under Materials and Resources Credit: Building Product Disclosure and Optimizations - Environmental Product Declarations.
The steel industry has developed EPDs for the following products and can be downloaded using the links provided:
- Steel Roofing, Steel Cladding and Steel Deck - Environmental Product Declaration Roll Formed Steel Panels (Industry-wide)
- Steel Studs - Cold-Formed Steel Studs and Track manufactured in U.S. and Canada (Industry-wide)
- Steel Building Systems - Environmental Product Declaration Primary Structural Steel Frame Components (Industry-wide)
- Steel Building Systems - Environmental Product Declaration Secondary Structural Steel Frame Components (Industry-wide)
- Steel Roofing, Steel Cladding and Steel Deck - Environmental Product Declaration Roll Formed Steel Panels (Product-specific for ArcelorMittal Dofasco products)