Cradle-to-Grave vs. Cradle-to-Gate

June 3, 2016By bmelbyNews

When sustainable building was a new concept, materials were generally chosen based upon a single attribute—recycled content, for example, or low VOC emissions. Now it has become clear that trade-offs are inherent with this method. For example, a material that contains a large percentage of recycled content may also be a material that has a … Read More

Environmental Product Declarations: What are they worth to your project?

June 3, 2016By bmelbyNews

By David Shepherd, Director – Sustainable Development, Portland Cement Association When LEED v4 was launched in 2013, it gave a boost to environmental product declarations (EPDs). Along with other voluntary programs such as the Architecture 2030 Challenge for Products and the International Green Construction Code, LEED is awarding points for the use of products with … Read More