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UL Environment and BRE Announce Mutual Recognition of Environmental Product Declarations

February 9, 2015

MARIETTA, Ga., Feb. 3, 2015 — UL Environment, a business division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Supply Chain & Sustainability, today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Building Research Establishment (BRE) to jointly recognize each other’s environmental product declarations.

UL is working with global leaders like BRE in this endeavor to advance the organizations’ joint goals of supporting best practices in transparency between program operators and to promote comparability of environmental product delarations (EPDs) in the marketplace worldwide.

Manufacturers using an agreed-upon Product Category Rule and then undergoing EPD certification by either UL or BRE Global will have an EPD that now is globally recognized. This EPD helps gain increased market visibility and can qualify for green building system credits worldwide.

“As the demand for product transparency grows, we are always seeking to enhance comparability of products and simplify purchasing and specification decisions. Mutual-recognition EPDs accomplish this, while also making it easier for manufacturers to go to market globally,” said Lisa Meier, vice president and general manager of UL Environment.

David Richardson, director of BRE’s Centre for Sustainable Products, said, “This is an increasingly important area for the construction industry and one that both UL and ourselves will work together on to enable manufacturers to demonstrate their credentials to a global market.”

About UL Environment
UL Environment works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services, and organizations. We help companies achieve their sustainability goals—and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting. For more information, visit, and connect with us via Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook.

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