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Sustainability & Standards

An essential part of green building, life cycle assessment (LCA) offers an objective and consistent way to measure the environmental impact of all types of constructions and the materials from which they are made.

To ensure quality and comparability of LCAs, the global construction industry has adopted a common format  – called an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for communicating these results.

The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is designed to enable comparison of Life Cycle assessment data so that decisions can be made to help create a low carbon, more resource efficient, sustainable built environment.

The US Wood Council, of which APA is a member, has produced EPD for plywood, OSB and other engineered wood products based on ISO 14025, which the European Standardisation Body also used when developing its core category rules for EN 15804:2012 +AI: 2013.  This new environmental standard makes it possible to undertake a single EPD study for each product, which can then be used across Europe.

See how APA products comply with the standards and regulations required in Europe and the work done by third party certification bodies – such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) – to assist EU importers with European Timber Regulation compliance.