EPD North America makes publishing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) straightforward, reliable, automated, and cost-effective for manufacturers and life cycle assessment (LCA) consultants worldwide.
As an EPD Program Operator, EPD North America delivers integrated EPD verification, digital EPD development, and EPD publishing in line with ISO 14025, EN 15804+A2, ISO 21930, ILCD+EPD, OpenEPDTM, and other standards. No hassle. No drama.
Compliance and compatibility without compromise.
An Environmental Product Declaration, or EPD, is a document that transparently communicates the environmental (including carbon footprint) performance or impact of a product or material over its lifetime. EPDs are required by many purchasing organizations, green building standards, and federal procurement standards. EPDs make it possible to compare the impacts of different materials and products in order to select the less impactful option (i.e., purchase a product with a lower carbon footprint). EPDs serve as a consistent and transparent data source used to understand the carbon footprint of purchased products. EPDs are being used as data sources for Scope 3 Emissions Accounting, as part of Scope 3 decarbonization strategies for major corporations, and quickly becoming a core part of building regulations and purchasing requirements worldwide.
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EPD North America is a licensee of the International EPD® System, operated by EPD International AB. EPD International is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified and Accredited to ISO 14025 and 14027. EPD North America is governed by the General Programme Instructions (GPI). For each product category, EPD North America relies on international and domestic Product Category Rules (known as PCRs) as well as ISO 21930 to verify EPD applicability.
Our EPDs can be used to meet USGBC’s LEED Requirements, Buy Clean California, Buy Clean Washington, Buy Clean Colorado, and other state and regional Buy Clean Programs. Our EPDs are also compliant with the Federal Government Buy Clean Act (under GSA) for Asphalt and Concrete. EPD North America supports EPD development in accordance with the Inflation Reduction Act requirements.
EPD North America reviews the Life Cycle Assessment to confirm the selected Product Category Rule (PCR). PCRs covering many product categories are already available via the PCR Library.
EPD North America submits the results of the Life Cycle Assessment and the resulting EPD to an approved independent verifier.
Once the verification is completed, the manufacturer confirms that the EPD is ready for publication.
EPD North America publishes the EPD to the EPD Library at EPD International.
EPD North America provides annual checks to confirm EPDs are up to date.
EPDs are recognized based on their third-party verification and standards compliance. Some of the common requirements for EPDs and EPD North America are listed below:
Requirements for EPD programs are defined in the International Standard ISO 14025: Environmental Labels and Declarations. Type III Environmental Declarations. Principles and Procedures.
The key requirements for EPD programs include publishing General Program Instructions, ensuring that requirements for EPDs are followed, establishing procedures for data consistency, publishing EPDs/PCRs and publicly listing them, selecting competent independent verifiers and PCR review panel members, establishing a transparent procedure for PCR review, and more.
The requirements are spelled out in detail in chapter 6 of the ISO 14025. EPD North America fulfills the requirements to the letter.
EPD North America’s technical committee is comprised of highly experienced EPD experts including our Managing Director and Board of Advisors. The launch of EPD North America included open consultation among industry experts and a four-month-long review procedure.
In addition to ISO 14025, EPD North America complies with the following sectoral standards: EN 15804+A2:2019, ISO 21930:2017, EN ISO 14067:2018, and EN 50693:2019.
EPD North America offers mutual recognition and cross-publishing with program operators around the world. EPD North America’s goal is to make it easier for manufacturers to manage EPDs in different markets with different requirements. This includes different EPD requirements within North America, but also different requirements throughout Europe and Asia Pacific regions. EPD North America also offers translation services to publish EPDs in different languages throughout the world.
EPD North America is focused on supporting the development of fully digitized EPD production and publishing processes. EPD North America clients can cross-publish EPDs cost-efficiently. EPD North America is focused on accelerating the pace of digitalization through innovative services and smart technological solutions.
EPD North America is advised by an Independent Advisory Board of experienced experts.
The current board members are:
Amlan Mukherjee, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor, Michigan Tech Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
Director, Coldstream Consulting
Director of Standards Development and Sustainability Initiatives, Tile Council of North America, Inc.
Co-Founder & Managing Director, WAP Sustainability
Director, American Chemistry Council
Wes Sullens, LEED Fellow
Director of LEED, U.S. Green Building Council
EPD North America also convenes additional committees for tools, PCR development, and verification for respective stakeholders.
Managing Director, EPD North America