How to Specify for Low Carbon Construction
Specifying Low Carbon Construction
EPDs offer highly reliable science-based data about the carbon and environmental impact of products. EPDs will serve as the foundation for whole building LCA, but in the early design and engineering stages, long before a product goes out to bid and where design decisions are critical, current tools are much less robust. Early decisions about core materials (concrete, steel, or wood) make a massive difference and must be made with much more crude tools than EPDs.
Here is how materials affect our climate health
Many papers and tools have been published or created to help in the critical early stages. Here we discuss a few of our favorites and what we view as best of class.