The NEXT Generation of Environmental Product Declarations and Whole Building Declarations Unveiled at Greenbuild 2011

Emeryville, California (EastBayDaily) — Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a global third-party certifier of environmental and sustainability claims, announced new developments that support the call for greater environmental transparency in the green building sector.

First, SCS announced that it is certifying Type III Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) to the new LEED Pilot Credit 43 as well as to the EPD requirements of the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer’s Association (BIFMA). Participating manufacturers will be identified during the next few months as projects are completed.

Second, SCS is offering the next generation of EPDs — comparative EPDs — that ensure even greater transparency, both in breadth and depth. Comparative EPDs are based on the advanced life cycle impact assessment (LCIA) protocols and product category rules (PCRs) currently being standardized under the open, multi-stakeholder American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process. These advances augment international life cycle assessment standards (ISO 14044), and are designed to ensure that all relevant environmental issues are addressed, that time and resources are not wasted chasing phantom impacts or excessive data, and that analyses can be conducted cost-effectively.

Finally, SCS introduced the Environmental Building Declaration (EBD), an interactive data integration platform designed to enable building owners, occupants and professionals to track environmental and human health impacts at each stage of the building’s life, select building materials and assemblies with the lowest impacts, and model different scenarios to optimize impact reduction.

“We are committed to bringing real transparency to LEED, to support the green building industry’s efforts to measure sustainability,” said Stan Rhodes, SCS president. “Environmental Declarations are only as good as the LCAs they are based upon. Green building professionals should beware of incomplete EPDs and LCAs that fail to examine all of the relevant impact categories, which can put their brands at risk.”

The announcements are taking place at Greenbuild 2011, the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) annual international conference and expo, taking place this year in Toronto October 4th – 7th. Details are being provided at daily briefings at the SCS booth (#4741-S). In addition, Keith Killpack of SCS and Dan Burgoyne of the State of California Department of General Services, both members of the national standards committee developing the LCA standard, are presenting an Environmental Building Declaration case study at a joint presentation Thursday afternoon as part of the High Performance Projects presentation track.

SCS has been an innovator in the field of environmental certification since 1984. SCS originated the Type III Environmental Product Declaration concept in the mid-1990s, when it introduced the first such label to the international community during the ISO 14000 standards meetings. SCS is currently a member of the Global Environmental Declaration Network (GEDNet).

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) is a global leader in providing independent third-party environmental and sustainability certifications, auditing, testing and standards development for more than 25 years. SCS programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retailing and more.

For information on Life Cycle Assessment Services, Environmental Building Declarations, Environmental Product Declarations, please visit At Greenbuild, visit Booth #4741-S.


Linda Brown
Scientific Certification Systems