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INTRAsystems EPD blog

Thought leadership blog for architects and specifiers about Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and their benefits.

Client: INTRAsystems

Project type: Blog – thought leadership

Brief: Develop an existing blog to help architects and specifiers understand what EPDs are, how to use them in project specification and how to decide between products or suppliers.

Celebrate INTRAsystems products with EPDs and position INTRAsystems as a leader.

Problem: EPDs are new, complex and not fully understood.


Ideas: A total rewrite to cover key questions and reader benefits.

Suggestions for images and graphics.

Supporting evergreen social posts to publicise the blog.


Writing extract:

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs): measuring whole-life impact and driving change.


At INTRAsystems, we view the EPD as a gold-standard for sustainable specification and comparison, and are proud to say we know the carbon footprint of nine of our most popular products – from cradle to grave – and all independently verified.


But, what exactly are EPDs?...

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) are certified reports that are issued following a rigorous and independently verified process to assess and measure the whole-life environmental impact of a product. The document is an ISO 14025 type III environmental declaration, specific to construction works and services, and distinct from a standard Life Cycle Analysis (otherwise known as an LCA).

An EPD contains two key documents:

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) containing comprehensive product data for third-party verification. Suppliers and Environdec (the controlling body) keep this on file as it isn’t for public access.

  • Public EPD summary document with abridged LCA results and other relevant information for comparison.

The Life Cycle Assessment is the critical difference from many other environmental initiatives and eco labels. It assesses the entire existence of a product; from raw materials through manufacturing or processing to installation, maintenance and even removal and disposal.

Whole-life carbon assessments are becoming more common and are critical in the understanding and active reduction of carbon emissions and environmental impact. Particularly within the construction industry, as we strive to reach net zero by 2050. However, to achieve an effective change in favour of sustainability, everyone must be able to make informed decisions about the performance and environmental impact of products.

To facilitate a robust comparison of products or processes, every component and life-stage needs to be examined. And an EPD is rapidly becoming the global benchmark for assessing an individual product’s past, performance, service life and future environmental impact.


How EPDs benefit you...


You can read the full piece here.

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