Environmental Product Declarations and UL Product Lens™ Report help meet transparency demands, as well as green building specifications and procurement requirements.
Market demands for the disclosure of a product’s cradle-to-grave environmental impacts, chemical profile, and potential health impacts are growing. To build and maintain credibility, sustainable product manufacturers and their suppliers must be transparent, clearly communicating the health and sustainability impacts of their products. UL offers Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Product Lens reports to comprehensively support manufacturers in this effort to lend third-party credibility to the information they disclose.
The demand for transparency is expanding in response to new green government and commercial procurement policies. UL is a comprehensive resource for manufacturers that wish to utilize complex but critical transparency tools such as EPDs and chemical disclosures.
EPDs: Offering comprehensive information on cradle-to-grave impact
EPDs are more important than ever for manufacturers selling products to green construction markets. In the United States, the LEED® Green Building Rating System is placing greater emphasis on lifecycle-based environmental reporting and transparency, and is awarding points for products with EPDs and HPDs in LEED version 4.
France now requires that at least 50% of all construction materials used in building projects have EPDs. The rest of the European Union is likely to adopt similar laws in the future and is currently directing its member nations to harmonize all Product Category Rules (PCRs)—the documentation that defines the requirements for EPDs—so EPDs can be used consistently throughout the global marketplace.
The value of EPDs is likely to be even further extended in the near future. The Sustainability Consortium, a global association focused on creating a scientific foundation for sustainability claims, is currently developing a measurement system intended to extend the use of EPDs to the consumer marketplace. Retailers are also asking for more comprehensive environmental and health impact data about the products they sell.
UL is a leader in harmonizing global requirements for EPDs and can save manufacturers time, money and effort by providing a single point of contact and a complete portfolio of services for the entire EPD process.
UL Product Lens report: Providing chemical disclosure with context and clarity
The Product Lens™ report, available exclusively from UL, delivers comprehensive hazard-based chemical information disclosure in addition to an exposure risk assessment. This means that buyers gain complete context and clarity by understanding whether or not a product is potentially hazardous during typical usage scenarios. An alternative to HPDs, the Product Lens report offers additional information that stresses the significance of chemical exposure during usage. UL developed the Product Lens Program to fulfill requirements for the Materials & Resources Credit for chemical disclosure in LEED v4, and to allow manufacturers to balance their financial and reputational risks, as well as offer product transparency and build trust with their customers.