An EPD is an internationally recognized environmental declaration that describes a product's environmental impact throughout its life cycle, based on European standards. The most well-known expression of environmental impact is stated in kg CO2-equivalent, but it also includes a wide range of other environmental factors. An EPD is valid for 5 years.
What Is an EPD used for?
An EPD is a declaration that can be used when evaluating the environmental consequences of using different products, for example, in the certification of a building. With the increasing climate requirements, the need for EPDs has increased significantly.
An EPD can be product specific, or it can be an industry EPD prepared as an average, for example, for concrete elements. A product specific EPD usually provides the most precise picture. Our EPD is product-specific, as it has been prepared specifically for UHPC-balconies produced by Hi-Con.
What Is the difference between LCA and EPD?
An EPD is prepared based on a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) report, which is typically more comprehensive. An LCA is an assessment of the entire product/building/material life cycle, from extraction to production, assembly, use, disposal, and possibly recycling. An LCA report describes models, data collection, and the considerations that underlie the EPD, and may contain confidential information, while an EPD presents this data in an accessible and standardized manner.