Category Archives: Life cycle assessment

Update to 2018 EPD numbers

With the revival of the Finnish RTS EPD programme, and the latest numbers from Inies for Verified French ‘Fiche de Declaration Environmental et Sanitaire’ (EPD in French), the numbers for Verified EN 15804 EPD in January 2018 which I have … Continue reading

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EPD numbers continue to increase…

Following on from my 2017 EPD Infographic,  I have again tracked the numbers of verified EPD for construction products aligning to EN 15804. Growth in numbers has continued, and there are now over 5000 EPD available globally.  In 2017, new … Continue reading

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Who should benefit from recycling in construction product EPD?

EN 15804, the construction product EPD standard, attributes the impact of treating waste to the waste producer, according to the polluter pays principle.  After treatment, when waste has been recovered and reaches the “end of waste”, the resulting secondary material … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on BREEAM (again)

I’m currently heading down to the UKGBC consultation of the development of BREEAM, and thought it would be helpful to review my concerns with the approach to materials and other aspects such as waste and site energy use within BREEAM. … Continue reading

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Are cyclists really bad for the planet?

Ieuan Compton (@welshboy) asked me what I thought of an article that suggested that cyclists following a Paleo diet were travelling in a worse way for the planet than those driving cars. The answer is really that the Paleo diet … Continue reading

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New GCSE’s to cover Life Cycle Assessment

The new syllabus for GCSE Chemistry, to be taught in schools from 2016 for examination in 2017, will now cover Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). If take-up stays the same, this should mean around 125,000 children in 2017 will have a knowledge of … Continue reading

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UK Government encourages use of Embodied Carbon and costing of Environmental Externalities in Construction Procurement

The Government’s recent Policy Note on Procurement of Steel for major projects highlights that the Public Contract Regulations (PCRs 2015) which came into force in February allow Public Procurement on the basis of environmental and social criteria, in addition to economic criteria. … Continue reading

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EPD Infographic – https://infogr.am/constructionlcas_guide_to_epd

If you’ve ever wondered how many EN 15804 EPD are out there, what products they cover, which EPD programmes have published the most EPD or how quickly the number of EPD are growing, then look no further than my Infographic on … Continue reading

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Reducing Embodied Carbon – how easy can it be?

Paul King has just written a great blog, available from Building (free registration required) talking about his reaction to Embodied Carbon Week, and where we go from here. Paul’s initial scepticism that Embodied Carbon could be of interest for a … Continue reading

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My BSI webinar on EN 15804 available to view

As part of the UKGBC’s Embodied Carbon Week, I was invited by BSI to give a webinar on “The standard for Embodied Carbon and Life Cycle Assessments (LCA): BS EN 15804 and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for construction products”. BSI have … Continue reading

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