UL Environment and Italian Program Operator EPDItaly announce agreement of mutual recognition for EPDs
UL Environment and EPDItaly, founder of the only Italian Program Operator, have recently signed an agreement of mutual recognition of EPDs (Environmental Product Declaration) for construction products and building services.
Mutual recognition of verified EPDs means that EPDs issued by both US and Italian program operators are accepted mutually without further verification.
Both UL and EPDItaly recognize that EPDs are becoming more and more important elements in a broader global product information system that will help buyers make more environmentally preferable purchasing decisions. In fact, EPDs are informational resources that help architects, designers, specifiers, and other purchasers to better understand a product’s sustainable qualities and environmental impacts.
The goal of the agreement is to expand the understanding and use of EPDs to offer additional business opportunities to both Italian and US manufacturers which will enable recognition of building and construction EPDs and bring greater market visibility to UL’s and EPDItaly’s customers.
“The agreement with EPDItaly is the result of collaboration between professional organizations whose primary goal is the success of Italian companies and their sustainable construction product in the US market and vice-versa through EPDs” said Giuseppe Barisan, General Manager of UL Environment Europe. “The reputation of trust built in the UL brand plus the value of EPDs in the US market offer a unique opportunity for Italian manufacturers to stand out with global green building rating systems”.
“The agreement with UL is another important step for EPDItaly to confirm international recognition, accrued mainly through Eco Platform, the International Non-Profit Association established by European EPD Program Operators registering ECO Platform EPD, the European Trade Association in the construction sector and LCA Practitioners” said Lorenzo Orsenigo, ICMQ General Manager. “The agreement will encourage Italian manufacturers to sell their products in such a key market as the US is .”
Mutually recognized EPDs will be made available in an internationally recognized online product database, UL SPOT , that contains more than 45,000 products searchable by MasterFormat number, manufacturer, certification programs such as GREENGUARD and ECOLOGO Certification, or sustainable building credits in green rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program, WELL Building and Green Globes.
The agreement was officially announced last October 11, 2017 in Sassuolo (MO), Italy, during a presentation event that took place at Confindustria Ceramica headquarter.
EPDItaly, same as of others European Program Operators is part of Eco Platform, an association founded in order to support the harmonization of European Environmental Product Declarations, so that EPD for the same product can be compared with each other.