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LEED v4 and EPDs: How’s That Market Disruption Working Out for You?

More EPDs are appearing as a result of LEED v4, even as problems with data quality get worked out on the fly.

To some technical experts, the current upsurge in publication of environmental product declarations (EPDs) is too chaotic. For Brendan Owens, P.E., chief of engineering at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), it’s a dream that’s just barely starting to come true.

There’s one thing everyone can agree on: EPDs represent a radical transformation for the building industry, and LEED v4 jump-started that transformation. In this article, we’ll look at what LEED incentivizes, how the market is responding, and some critiques of LEED’s approach.

Published August 3, 2015