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Environmental Product Declarations Explained
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Greg Deitz on November 11, 2016

Why are businesses hearing more about environmental product declarations (EPDs) lately?

To some, it seems that environmental product declarations have only suddenly become important; however, they have been defined and used internationally for many years. Their incorporation into LEED v4 is the reason why you’re starting to hear more about them.

Here’s what you need to know about environmental product declarations …


Tags: LEED, EPDs, HPDs

Creating an EPD: From Product Category Rules to a LEED v4 Point
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Greg Deitz on November 11, 2016

In LEED v4, EPDs (environmental product declarations) are recognized as a path to acquiring up to two points toward certification. End-users, architects, designers and consultants are now requesting products with EPDs because they’re viewed as an easier way to gather LEED points. Manufacturers are realizing that EPDs will help customers meet LEED and sustainability goals.
As we begin to unveil news in the next few months about how Belden products can contribute to LEED points, we thought it would be helpful to explain the process we are following to make this a reality.


Material Health Assessments (MHAs) Explained
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Greg Deitz on November 18, 2016

Belden’s products are being awarded with environmental product declarations (EPDs), material health assessments (MHAs) and health product declarations (HPDs) to help customers reach LEED certification goals. LEED v4 launched in late 2013, and is the most current version of the certification. It applies to all building types.

In LEED v4, an emphasis is placed on the importance of product lifecycle impacts and transparency of product ingredients. In order for manufacturers and their products to earn LEED points, manufacturers can provide (EPDs) and either (HPDs) or material health assessments (MHAs).

These sustainability documents provide transparency and verified information about lifecycle, environmental impacts of products and chemical ingredients used.


A New Way to Earn Up to 4 LEED Materials & Resources Credits
Blog Category: Data Centers

Posted by: Greg Deitz on November 25, 2016

To gain points in the LEED Materials & Resources category, project teams will need to source 20 qualifying products sourced from five different qualifying manufacturers. These manufacturers, and the products they produce, that have environmental product declarations (EPDs) and either health product declarations (HPDs) or material health assessments (MHAs) can contribute to LEED points.

Even if you’re not currently pursuing a LEED project, paying attention to the building products you use – including cable – offers benefits.


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