LOS ANGELES (November 19, 2019) Specifying materials consistent with building sustainably can be a challenge at many levels of the building process, but has become increasingly important and complex due to local, state and federal regulations. On January 1, 2020, California’s AB 262, the “Buy Clean California Act” will require Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for certain materials being specified for state building projects. This means that suppliers’ emissions performance will be taken into account when an agency is contracting to buy steel, flat glass, and mineral wool insulation for infrastructure projects.
To ease this process and help educate anyone – from specifiers to contractors, tradespeople to manufacturers – the U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles (USGBCLA) teamed up with the Carbon Leadership Forum and Sustainable Minds to develop a series of webinars and in-person trainings. In addition, USGBC-LA contracted with C Change Labs to develop a Buy Clean California compliance search/sort across the EPD database in the EC3 tool. The Sustainable Minds Transparency Catalog will also develop a Buy Clean California filter that enables users to find all manufacturers with EPDs in the included MasterFormat® sections in one click.
These educational programs and easy to use tools will provide all parties involved in state-funded building projects the information they need to understand and comply with the adoption of EPDs in the marketplace (AB 262), as well as secure a better understanding of the embodied carbon in materials.
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