International EPD Programme reaches Australasian shores
The Australia Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS) in association with the Life Cycle Association of New Zealand (LCANZ) recently announced the launch of the Australasian EPD (Environmental Product Declaration) Programme. The scheme will be officially launched at the ‘Life Cycle Design – A solid foundation for sustainable buildings’ seminar to be held during the DesignBUILD expo in Sydney on Wednesday 29 April.
EPDs are summary life cycle assessment reports, complemented with environmental information on the specific product. Developed by life cycle assessment (LCA) professionals with direct input from the industry, EPDs are based on accepted industrial standards and rules. The reports present a key pathway for manufacturers and developers to generate credits in Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Green Star rating tools.
The Australasian EPD Programme has been aligned with the International EPD System – accepted in more than 20 countries worldwide – so as to ensure a complete alignment with overseas markets. The aim of International EPD System and its regional affiliates is to develop and promote LCA-based, credible and comparable information on the environmental performance of goods and services. An international process allows manufacturers exporting to Europe to hold EPDs recognised in the European Union.
The Australasian EPD Programme provides a single clear route for the creation of EPDs that will be recognised in Australia and New Zealand.
The DesignBUILD expo will host three seminars that will present new data and tools aimed to offer insights into how to ride the wave of business opportunities that emerge from transforming to a more sustainable society.