New EPDs are part of a growing trend.
This course will explain why EPDs are important, and how to understand and use the information in an EPD, with particular reference to EPDs recently released for lumber and glued laminated timber (glulam). The wood industry in the U.S. and Canada has been at the forefront of the trend, undertaking research and developing life cycle information that verify the environmental impact of wood building products. As the tools for analyzing and substantiating environmental performance become more sophisticated, the wood industry is working to use them to help the building community better understand wood as a building material in the context of its environmental impact.
- Describe the function and format of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), and how they are used to analyze a building product's environmental impact throughout its life cycle.
- Differentiate EPDs from other types of ecolabels, rating systems, and certifications of environmental performance.
- Explain how EPDs are being used now, and the factors driving more product manufacturers to develop them and more designers and specifiers to use them as a standard part of sustainable product selection.
- Evaluate the information in an EPD, using recently published EPDs on wood products.
Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)