Measuring the Environmental Impact of Furniture
That’s where environmental product declarations (EPDs) come in: these multi-attribute labels are under development in the U.S. as a way for purchasers to get detailed information on the full environmental life cycle of a product. In order to get an accurate EPD, though, an independent body must first set the ground rules—called product category rules (PCRs)—for a set of products. The Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) has partnered with standards developer NSF International to define these PCRs for furniture.
It is anticipated that more organizations will be stepping up soon to develop PCRs for other product categories. EPDs will have increasing importance as the building industry strives to meet both voluntary commitments and regulatory requirements for reducing energy use and carbon emissions. For more on the emerging role of EPDs, see “” and “ .
Published June 30, 2011