An ultimate goal of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) is comparability of products. However, that’s impossible without having a common set of rules to use when calculating and reporting product-specific impacts. This is where Product Category Rules (PCRs) come into play.
PCRs help minimize market confusion by streamlining the procedures by which products are evaluated for their environmental impacts, ensuring globally consistent data collection and analysis and consistent reporting in EPDs. Ultimately, EPDs therefore enable a more fair comparison of environmental impacts between similar products.
UL is committed to furthering the consistency and transparency of PCR development processes and works with a variety of global program operators and green building schemes to ensure alignment of PCRs and resulting EPDs.
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 development 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, a Program Operator functioning under ISO 14025, maintains all comments and questions received during the development process and then posts PCRs for a public comment period. Then, UL Environment will submit a final version of the PCR to a review panel for approval, and once approved, it is published on UL’s Standards website (http://www.shopulstandards.com/). PCRs expire every three to five years and must be updated to address relevant changes in the industry; however, PCRs are living documents and may be updated within this window, if needed.
If you are interested in working with UL Environment on the creation of PCRs, email us at:
Product Category Rules Developed By UL Environment
UL Environment can certify EPDs using existing PCRs created by any Program Operator. When no PCR exists for a product group or particular geography, UL Environment will work with stakeholders to create one, or address regionally specific requirements for PCRs created for another market. Below you will find PCRs and geographic-specific addenda created and published 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
Commercial Steel Door and Frame PCR » 3/10/2015– 3/10/2020
Hand Dryers (Global) » 7/13/2016 – 7/13/2021
Insulated Metal Panels, Metal Composite Panels, and Metal Cladding » 10/9/2012 – 10/9/2017
Piping systems for use for sewage and storm water (under gravity): North American Addendum » June, 2014 – June, 2016, update planned
Power Inverter Products » August 2017 – August 2022
Printers and Multi-Function Printing Units » 12/1/2012 – 12/12/2017
Tires » 11/2017 – 11/2022
Transport Refrigeration Units (North America) » 4/2017 – 4/2022
Wire and Cable (NA Addendum) » 4/1/2014 – 3/31/2017
UL Environment PCRs Under Development
For information on participating on a PCR development committee, please contact Grace.Roh@ul.com.
- Part B: Building Envelope Thermal Insulation
- Part B: Insulated Metal Panels, Metal Composite Panels, and Metal Cladding: Roof and Wall Panels
- Part B: Mechanical Insulation
- Part B: Sanitary Ceramics
- Part B: Bathtubs and Showers
- Part B: Water Cooled Chillers
- Printers and Multi-Function Printing Units
For information on participating on a PCR development committee, please contact email@example.com.
UL Environment PCRs Under Public Review
Part B for Bathroom Fittings (Addendum)
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on reviewing a PCR posted for open consultation, for information on participating on a PCR development committee, or to be added to UL’s PCR distribution list.