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June 19
Sustainable Building Terms Made Simple

"New consumers consider the entire lifecycle of a product and how their actions create not just near-term impacts, but ripple effects that last today, tomorrow, next year, and a legacy or generations to come." 
- Unleashed, BBMG consumer insight report 

With the growing concerns of product impacts on the environment and the health of those who inhabit a space, transparency tools can help facilitate an apples-to-apples comparison of building products.   

Take a fresh approach to understanding sustainable architecture and design terminology, including EPDs and HPDs, with the following tips. 

  • An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is the "Nutrition Facts" for a product. The documents outline the impact of the product and its components on the environment across its lifecycle, including abiotic depletion, acidification potential, eutrophication potential, global warming potential, ozone layer depletion potential, photochemical ozone creation potential, and hazardous and non-hazardous waste.
  • A Health Product Declaration (HPD) is similar to an "Ingredients List" for a product. The declarations detail the finished product chemical components up to 1,000 parts per million. HPDs include all of the components of Environmental Product Declarations along with ecotoxictiy​ and human health toxicity categories, facilitating open discussions about product formulations. 

EPDs and HPDs can contribute to green building certifications, including LEED version 4. Milliken is proud to offer these transparency tools for floor covering collections. To learn more, visit Third Party Certification on our website.