A common misconception is that Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are the same as life cycle assessment (LCA) reports. While LCAs are essential components of EPDs, the LCAs used in EPDs must fulfill certain product-specific calculations and requirements known as product category rules (PCRs).
PCRs help minimize market confusion by streamlining the procedures by which products are evaluated for their environmental impacts and ensuring globally consistent data collection and analysis. EPDs therefore allow for the fair comparison of environmental impacts between similar products.
How PCRs are Developed
PCRs are developed in an open and collaborative manner, much like industry standards. Interested parties and stakeholders may participate in what’s known as an open consultation process, which allows them to review the draft PCR, ask questions, and share comments electronically. Stakeholders may include material suppliers, manufacturers, trade associations, purchasers, users, consumers, non-governmental organizations, public agencies, LCA practitioners, and certification bodies.
UL Environment will prepare a short summary of all comments and questions received during the open consultation process, along with any edits to the PCR. Then, UL Environment will submit a final version of the PCR to a review panel for approval.
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Product Category Rules Developed By UL Environment
UL Environment can certify EPDs using existing PCRs created by any program operator. When no PCRs exist for a product group, UL Environment will work with stakeholders to create them. Below you will find PCRs created by UL Environment:
- Part B: Aluminum and Aluminum Alloy Products (NA Addendum) » 10/8/2015 – 10/8/2016, updated planned
- Part B: Building Metals (NA Addendum) » 8/12/2014 – 8/12/2016, update planned
- Part B: Building Envelope Thermal Insulation, update initiated 5/2016
- Part B: Coatings with Organic Binders (NA Addendum) » 7/30/2014 – 7/30/2016, update planned
- Part B: Curtain Wall (NA Addendum) » 11/1/2015 – 11/1/2016
- Part B: Engineered Stone (NA Addendum) » 10/22/2012 – 10/22/2017
- Part B: Flooring (NA Addendum) » 8/27/2014 – 8/27/2017
- Part B: Joint Compound (North America) » 8/3/2016 – 8/3/2021
- Part B: Metal Ceilings Addendum (NA Addendum) » 8/29/2014 – 8/29/2016, update planned
- Part B: Non-Metal Ceiling Panels » 10/16/2015 – 10/16/2020
- Part B: Paints and Varnishes (NA Addendum) » 10/30/2015 – 10/30/2016
- Part B: Processed Glass (North America) » 8/17/2016 – 8/17/2021
- Part B: Technical Textiles (NA Addendum) » 12/16/2014 – 12/16/2016
- Part B: Thin Walled Profiles and Profiled Panels (NA Addendum) » 7/30/2014 – 7/30/2016, update planned
- Part B: Sanitary Ceramics » 7/14/14 – 7/14/19
- Part B: Sealants (North America) » 9/22/2016 – 9/22/2021
- Part B: Water Cooled Chillers (NA Addendum) » 1/09/15 – 1/09/16, update initiated
Builders Hardware » 4/23/ 2014 – 4/23/2019
Building Envelope Thermal Insulation and Mechanical Insulation» 6/1/2011 – 6/12/2016, provisionally republished until 6/12/2017 with updates initiated as Part B(s)
Cladding Product Systems » 6/18/2015 – 6/18/2019
Hand Dryers (Global) » 7/13/2016 – 7/13/2021
Piping systems for use for sewage and storm water (under gravity): North American Addendum » June, 2014 – June, 2016, update planned
Printers and Multi-Function Printing Units » 12/1/2012 – 12/12/2017
Insulated Metal Panels, Metal Composite Panels, and Metal Cladding » 10/9/2012 – 10/9/2017
Commercial Steel Door and Frame PCR » 3/10/2015– 3/10/2020
Wire and Cable (NA Addendum) » 4/1/2014 – 3/31/2017
UL Environment PCRs Under Development
Transport Refrigeration Units (North America)» Expected December 2016
Power Inverter Products
UL Environment PCRs Under Public Review
There are currently no PCRs under public review at this time.