Assessing the environmental impacts of construction – understanding European Standards and their implications

  The context for environmental assessment in the construction sector is undergoing considerable change. This is largely due to the publication of the suite of standards from CEN TC 350, which interlink with those from International Standards Organisation (ISO) relating to life cycle assessment (LCA) and Type III environmental labelling. Our experts have written a paper, funded by … Continue reading “Assessing the environmental impacts of construction – understanding European Standards and their implications”

Environmental Assessment & EPD – Expanded Horizons

The phase out of the Green Guide to Specification, use of EPD in BREEAM, EN 15804 EPD, and online LCA tools. The Materials section in ‎BREEAM is designed to raise awareness of and encourage sustainable procurement and use of construction products.  For many years BREEAM has used the outputs of the BRE Environmental Profiles scheme … Continue reading “Environmental Assessment & EPD – Expanded Horizons”

The Green Guide to Specification: Past, Present & Future

If you’re familiar or unfamiliar with The Green Guide to Specification, here are some facts about the history of this important publication, and what the future holds.. The Green Guide Past. Green Guide to Specification first published in 1996: 125 elements across 9 categories. Green Guide Ratings available were A, B, & C. Where A … Continue reading “The Green Guide to Specification: Past, Present & Future”

What are EPD? What can they do for you?

Are you a manufacturer, trade association, architect, specifier or builder? Have you heard all the fuss about EPD? What exactly are EPD? What can they do for you? Quite simply: An EPD (environmental product declaration) is a document which may be used in different countries to quantifiably demonstrate the environmental performance of a product. They … Continue reading “What are EPD? What can they do for you?”