LEESBURG, VA. – The American Wood Council (AWC) and Canadian Wood Council (CWC) have announced the release of new environmental product declarations (EPD) for medium density fiberboard (MDF) and particleboard, bringing the available EPDs for North American wood products to nine.
All of the EPDs and accompanying transparency briefs are available free on the AWC website.
EPDs are standardized tools that provide information about the environmental footprint of the products they cover. The North American wood products industry has taken its EPDs one step further by obtaining third-party verification from UL Environment, a business unit of Underwriters Laboratories and an independent certifier of products and their sustainable attributes.
"We are pleased to partner with the Canadian Wood Council to make these EPDs available. With the growing interest by the design community to select products for which EPDs are available, we are confident the MDF and particleboard EPDs will be popular," said AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski.
“The composite panel industry is based on the recovery of forestry residuals to fabricate high-value construction and consumer products, and our EPDs yet again showcase the unmatched environmental performance of renewable wood,” said Composite Panel Association (CPA) President Tom Julia. “CPA members are proud to have supported the development of the Life Cycle Inventory and Life Cycle Assessment reports upon which these EPDs are based. Specifiers, designers and fabricators now have an important new tool to objectively compare wood products with those made of plastic, metal or other materials.”
Based on international standards (ISO 14025 and ISO 21930), EPDs have worldwide applicability and include information about product environmental impacts such as use of resources, global warming potential, emissions to air, soil and water, and waste generation.
For more information and to download currently available EPDs and transparency briefs for wood products, visit http://www.awc.org/greenbuilding/epd.