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Green buildings and declarations

Sustainability is an increasingly important factor within the construction industry. The construction and real estate sector has a major influence on resource and energy use and thus on the environment: large amounts of raw materials and energy are required to construct and then operate buildings. In an effort to minimize this substantial energy and resource consumption, various building certification systems have been established, including the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and the DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council).

Green building certification systems define construction product requirements, focusing on disclosure of the product’s impact on the environment as well as any potential negative health effects. Environmental product declarations (EPDs) and health product declarations (HPDs) have therefore become very important in the construction industry. 

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Environmental Product Declarations

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a widely used industry standard developed under ISO 14025, 14040, 14044, and EN 15804.

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Health Product Declarations

A Health Product Declaration (HPD) gives a transparent account of the materials and substances contained within a construction product, as...

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