Choosing the best product when you focus on sustainability

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Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in the construction industry. EPDs or environmental product declarations help you choose the most environmentally friendly products for your building.

We live in a world that is getting increasingly complex. We are overloaded by information, and it can be hard to sift through what information is most relevant.

When it comes to making eco-friendly choices, most of us want to contribute to sustainability, choosing environment-friendly products. But despite our best intentions, it can be difficult to get the full picture. Yes, the product that you just bought has exchanged all fossil-based raw materials, but what about the water consumption throughout its lifetime?

Helping you make informed decisions

The same challenges that you face in your private life hold true in your professional life. If you are working within construction, or you’re a supplier or subcontractor to the construction industry or building sector, you may find yourself increasingly under pressure to make informed, environmentally-friendly decisions when purchasing products and materials.

The construction and running of buildings has a huge impact on the environment, covering the entire life cycle. From the extraction of raw materials during the building’s use to the demolition of a building and the following disposal or recycling, there are possible consequences for the environment, as well as humans and animals.

Legislation and opinions in the market are strong sustainability drivers. The trend today is that building owners, investors and tenants increasingly focus on sustainability, which has gone from being one alternative, to more or less being the only alternative. Which takes us back to square one: how do you make the right choice?

How you can benefit from using EPDs

Green building certification programs, such as LEED and BREEAM, are a great help when it comes to rating design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings, but there are a multitude of these programs. So, how do you know which one is best for you?

This is where EPDs come into the picture. Not only do EPDs enable valuable, direct product comparisons, they do so by taking the entire life cycle into account. EPDs are not limited to construction products but can be used for practically any product or system.

When you use EPDs, you can benefit from:

  • Transparent environmental information that gives you a balanced overview of most important current environmental concerns
  • Increased credibility through third-party verification
  • Continuous environmental product improvements
  • The possibility to earning points in LEED and BREEAM.

 

So, if you want to keep pace with what is happening in the market and future-proof your business to be environmentally conscious, using EPDs will make it easier for you to choose products and materials that are not only good for the environment, but for your business.