Building’s Nutrition Facts Exposed

Nancy Amdur
The Registry

The industry begins to standardize EPD and HPD standards.

THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN THE ‘Q’ – THE REGISTRY’S PRINT PUBLICATION – IN OCTOBER 2014

By Nancy Amdur

With the latest version of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, building owners can now get credits for health and environmental product declarations that can help architects, designers and their clients make greener choices when selecting building materials.

Sometimes likened to nutrition labels, these disclosures provide transparency about building product contents.

“We need to understand what they put in our materials, and healthy buildings are very important,” Lynn Simon, a senior vice president at Thornton Tomasetti

LEED Version 4 is “not widely used yet, but we’re launching into the era when it will be,” said Mark Palmer, the senior green building coordinator at the San Francisco Department of the Environment. The new rating system is available now but won’t officially replace Version 3 until next summer.

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