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Sustainable Product Transparency Tools

Environmental Product Declarations and Product Lens™ Certifications help you meet green building transparency requirements, clearly communicating the health and sustainability impacts of products.

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Overview

Market demands for the disclosure of a product’s cradle-to-grave environmental impacts, chemical profile, and potential health impacts are growing. To build and maintain credibility, sustainable product manufacturers and their suppliers must be transparent, clearly communicating the health and sustainability impacts of their products. Our Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Product Lens reports comprehensively support manufacturers in this effort and lend third-party credibility to the information they choose to share.

Benefits

The demand for transparency is expanding in response to new green government and commercial procurement policies. We can help you utilize transparency tools, such as EPDs and chemical disclosures. These complex but critical tools are more important than ever for manufacturers selling products to green construction markets.

In the U.S., the LEED® Green Building Rating System is placing greater emphasis on life cycle-based environmental reporting and transparency, awarding points for products with EPDs in LEED version 4. France requires EPDs for all building, decor and electronic products making any sort of environmental claim. The rest of the EU will likely adopt similar laws in the future and is currently directing its member nations to harmonize all Product Category Rules (PCRs) - the standards that define the requirements for EPDs - so EPDs can be used consistently throughout the global marketplace.

UL launched the industry’s first EPD Optimization Credit program, responding to five years of demand for EPD optimization since the launch of LEED. UL’s program enables manufacturers to make their existing EPDs even more valuable by providing insight into products’ reduced environmental impacts in comparison with the category average or previous product versions. The program leverages existing EPDs to credibly demonstrate a manufacturer’s impact reductions across its products’ value chain and is particularly valuable for earning LEED v4 credits for Building Product Disclosure and Optimization – Environmental Product Declarations Option 2, which will earn an additional full point for optimized EPDs.

UL Product Lens Report:  Providing chemical disclosure with context and clarity

The Product Lens Report, available exclusively from UL, delivers comprehensive hazard-based chemical information disclosure in addition to an exposure risk assessment. This means that buyers gain complete context and clarity by understanding whether or not a product is potentially hazardous during typical usage scenarios. An alternative to Health Product Declarations (HPDs), the Product Lens Report offers additional information that stresses the significance of chemical exposure during usage. UL developed the Product Lens Program to fulfill requirements for the Materials & Resources Credit for chemical disclosure in LEED v4 (Option 1) and the WELL Building Standard (Feature 97: Material Transparency). The program helps manufacturers mitigate risks, as well as offer product transparency and differentiation in order to build trust with their customers.

Why UL

UL is a leader in harmonizing global requirements for EPDs and can save manufacturers time, money and effort, by providing a single point of contact and a complete portfolio of services for the entire EPD process. With innovative products, such as Product Lens Certification and EPD Optimization, UL continues to provide new solutions to help manufacturers capture value for their sustainability efforts.

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