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Interpreting Transparency Documents: How LCAs, EPDs, and HPDs Assist Designers with Product Selection (BSS742)

Course Description:

This course considers how architectural transparency documents promote environmentally sustainable buildings. Attendees will explore the creation of LCA, EPD, and HPD documents, and explore how to use these documents as tools for product evaluation and specification. The relationships between transparency documents and third-party organizations such as and UL and LEED will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the most common architectural transparency documents: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), and Healthcare Product Declaration (HPD) publications
  • Explain how an EPD is authored, from LCA through Product Category Rules (PCR) to third-party verification.
  • Understand that an HPD is a specifiable, standardized product health information disclosure
  • Describe how transparency documents are used to meet USGBC LEED v4 rating system requirements.

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