The LCA is a rigorous evaluation of the potential environmental impacts of a product, service, company or process. The fundamental goal is to understand and be able to compare the product’s environmental impacts with other products throughout its life cycle, from the extraction of the raw materials needed for its manufacturing, to its usage, maintenance and transport phases, up to its end-of-life processing (landfilling, recycling, etc.), in order to identify environmentally responsible solutions or improve the product's environmental performance.
The LCA is a powerful tool that is standardized by the International Standards Organization (ISO 14040 to 14044). This method is a “compilation and evaluation of the inputs, outputs and the potential environmental impacts of a product system throughout its life cycle.”
The EPD is a report of the LCA results which must be audited by a third party under the supervision of an organization who has been designated as the “Program Operator.” This report is then made public and is valid for a maximum of five years. The manufacturer should expect a revision every five years and an audit must also be completed.
The environmental product declaration must meet the environmental requirements of ISO standard 14025 and ISO 21930 or EN 15804. This document is a standard report describing a product's potential environmental impacts according to the life cycle assessment criteria and in conformity with ISO protocol 14025. Examples of environmental indicators include global warming potential (greenhouse gas emissions), use of primary resources and waste production, to name just a few.
The Health Product Declaration® (HPD®)
has become the standard in terms of transparency for the chemical ingredients contained in a material's composition. This declaration includes a complete list of a product's ingredients and their associated effects on health. Manufacturers who opt to produce HPDs for their products make it easier for architects to select their materials. In addition, products with an HPD report contribute to the LEED v4, WELL, LBC and GOOGLE certification requirements.
To prepare an HPD®, an online tool called Builder was developed by HPDC.
Since 2015, Vertima has been actively involved in the development of the HPD standard with Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC). In 2017, Vertima also participated in the third-party verification pilot project with HPDC and was recognized in January 2018 as an approved third party for preparing and verifying HPDs. We are one of four firms of materials experts in North America and the only firm in Canada that has received this recognition following a rigorous auditing process.
Declare, the ingredients label for construction products is a transparency tool created from the requirements of the section (petal) on the materials of the Living Building Challenge, but relevant for all parties seeking health information and the source of the product.
By providing a clear and informative 'nutrition label' and a publicly available construction product database, Declare facilitates effective communication between manufacturers, product specifiers and consumers. The Declare license is valid for a period of 12 months. Vertima is in the process of being recognized an approved third party by Living Building Challenge.
This document certifies the percentage of recycled content in the product assembly. The percentage of recycled content is calculated in accordance with the ISO 14201 standard requirements. The corresponding certification protocol is compliant to the ISO 17065 standard. This third-party certification process gives more credibility to your product attributes compared to a self-declaration. To maintain the "Validated Eco-Declaration" certification of your EDS and Recycled Content Certificates, your company must commit to renew the annual license as defined below.
The Environmental Data Sheet (EDS) is a tool exclusive to Vertima which compiles all of the product’s validated environmental information. The EDS facilitates promotion of the product among green building professionals. The information contained in an environmental data sheet adheres to a third-party validation protocol based on ISO standard 17065. This rigorous validation process ensures transparency and credibility for your products’ attributes. The environmental data sheet includes our third-party Validated Eco-Declaration certification logo.
To maintain the "Eco-Declaration Validated" certification of your products, your company must commit to renew the annual license. An in-depth analysis will have to be considered every two years to maintain this license. Any changes must be billed at an hourly rate. In addition to the annual license, once every three years an audit and a thorough validation will have to be done by Vertima.