Product Transparency LEED v4

Product Transparency


Product Transparency LEED v4

Product Transparency

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— VP of Operations for a Building Product Company

As a building product manufacturer, LEED v4 established a new set of requirements under the Materials and Resources (MR) category. To continue selling into the green building marketplace, manufacturers have a new workload to manage.

The LEED v4 workload includes three core elements:

  • Environmental Product Declarations (MRc2)

  • Health Product Declarations including Verified Manufacturers Inventories and Declare Labels (MRc4)

  • Raw Material Transparency Reporting (MRc3)

These three point categories help your products contribute to credits under MRc2, MRc3, and MRc4 and satisfy requests from many A+D firms.

At WAP Sustainability, we help you manage this new workload efficiently and effectively so that your company can meet LEED v4 requirements and contribute to the appropriate credits.

Our Product Transparency LEED v4 Services

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)

Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) are used to communicate the environmental impacts of products to purchasing decision makers. These 12-15 page “environmental nutritional labels” are customer-facing documents that disclose the environmental performance of products.

EPDs are product transparency documents that combine life cycle assessment science with corporate strategy. Our role is to manage your EPD program from both perspectives and ensure that the disclosed information is accurate, credible, relevant and protects proprietary information.

There are two key elements to each EPD. The Life Cycle Assessment and the EPD Strategy.

The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

The EPD process starts with a Life Cycle Assessment. A Life Cycle Assessment is a full  evaluation of environmental impacts across a product's entire value chain, from supply chain through end of life.

The LCA process is guided by a Product Category Rule (PCR), which defines the elements that must be included in the LCA and defines the required content in the EPD. Each LCA and EPD goes on to be verified and reviewed by a third party to ensure conformity with the PCR.

We provide a complete LCA package that starts with selecting the appropriate and relevant PCR for your product, conducting the Life Cycle Assessment, managing data collection from suppliers, and selecting the most representative material databases. At the end of each LCA, we help explain the results, what they mean, and how to use them.

EPD Strategy

In addition to the Life Cycle Assessment work, we also help define your EPD strategy.

Our EPD Strategies focus on four items:

  1. Efficiency - We gain an understanding of your product offering and develop EPD program options designed to capture the maximum number of products for the minimum cost. We standardize the process so that updates due to formulation or supplier changes can be integrated efficiently.
  2. Communications - Based on your product’s EPD performance, and those disclosed by your competitors, we help you strategize how to tell your product’s environmental story, develop credible marketing materials, and craft messages for your website. We will train your sales force on how to effectively use EPDs.

  3. Continual Improvement - Continual improvement is part of the EPD process. We work with your product development teams to explain the results of your Life Cycle Assessment, highlight areas for improvement within your EPD, and evaluate different products as part of future product development.

  4. Context - The LCA and EPD process includes a massive amount of information. Our role is to help you understand the context of each process and keep you focused on the things that matter.

Our role is to maximize your investment in product transparency by helping meet customer demand through LEED v4. We minimize the impact of the new process on your already busy schedule.  

Contact us today for help with your Environmental Product Declarations.

Health Product Declarations (HPD)

Health Product Declarations (HPD)+

Health Product Declarations (HPD)

Health Product Declarations (HPD)+

HPDs are used to communicate the health impacts of products to purchasing decision makers. HPDs are customer-facing documents that disclose the health risks and hazards of product ingredients.

While EPDs disclose environmental information, HPDs disclose information related to your products’ ingredients and their potential hazards. Our role is to provide HPDs that meet the requirements of LEED v4 and answer critical questions about the health impacts of the products you sell. We also support other forms of chemical transparency documentation including Declare, UL Product Lens, Cradle to Cradle Material Health Certificates, and customer specific chemical questionnaires.

WAP Sustainability provides clients with multiple chemical transparency support options including:

HPD and Declare Third Party Verification

For manufacturers with already completed Health Product Declarations or Declare Labels, WAP Sustainability can provide third party verification of those transparency documents individually or as a system. Third party verification helps building product manufacturers earn additional points in Google's Portico Health Material Tool, and help create more credible public disclosures.

Value Chain Chemical Management (VCCM®) Approach

WAP Sustainability recognizes that HPDs are not the only format of Chemical Transparency reporting a manufacturer may be asked to participate in. Reporting materials and ingredients via Cradle to Cradle Material Health Certificates, Declare Labels, Mindful Materials, Portico, Product LENS are all chemical transparency programs additional to the HPD. WAP Sustainability has developed a custom Software as a Service (SaaS) called the Value Chain Chemical Management (VCCM®) System to help manufacturers manage these requests.

Our proprietary approach aggregates chemical transparency requirements from over a two-dozen chemical transparency systems into one common reporting framework. WAP Sustainability assists manufacturers in the collection and management of chemical information from the Supply Chain to support chemical transparency reporting. The VCCM® system helps manufactures establish processes and procedures to collect and manage  chemical transparency information to support faster chemical transparency reporting to meet market requests.

The entire VCCM® is verifiable and contributes LEED points under the MRc4 Option 3, Supply Chain Optimization Credit. Manufacturers interested in providing feedback to suppliers are able to take advantage of WAP Sustainability's Responsible Supplier™ Platform, our easy to understand chemical transparency and sustainability scorecard for the supply chain.

Chemical Assessments using GreenScreen® for Safer Choice

WAP Sustainability offers suppliers and manufacturers chemical and toxicological assessments using the GreenScreen® for Safer Choice methodology. WAP Sustainability is a Licensed GreenScreen Profiler who is committed to providing public GreenScreens® to the market. Our CrowdSourced GreenScreen® Assessments are changing the way chemical assessments are licensed and shared.

Responsible Supplier™

WAP Sustainability Consulting developed the Responsible Supplier™ program as a Supply Chain Management Program. As a sustainable business solutions, Responsible Supplier™ helps manufacturers and brands communicate their performance as a Responsible Supplier. Managed exclusively by WAP Sustainability, the Responsible Supplier™ Program utilizes a defined consulting platform to determine a suppliers eligibility against a the Responsible Supplier™ criteria. 


Don’t fall behind on your LEED v4 requirements.

Raw Material Transparency

Raw Material Transparency Reporting

Raw Material Transparency

Raw Material Transparency Reporting

LEED v4 has many new components. In addition to EPDs and HPDs, LEED v4 also requests for corporate transparency.

The MRc3 credit for Raw Material Transparency cites the Global Reporting Initiative and ISO 26000 as guiding frameworks, but it also makes a request for expanded information on raw material sourcing.

A raw material transparency report is a full GRI or ISO 26000 report that also discloses the types of raw materials in your products and the suppliers whom you get those raw materials from.

WAP Sustainability is versed in both protocols and can help you with your report. Our role starts with collecting or creating the relevant content, adhering to the appropriate reporting process, and managing the collection of information from stakeholders, suppliers, and cross functioning departments.

Our goal is to help you generate an effective sustainability report that meets the requirements of LEED v4 while setting up a process for managing reporting on an annual or bi-annual basis.

WAP Sustainability’s Raw Material Transparency Process includes:

  • Data collection
  • Managing content
  • Writing the report
  • Generating the content
  • Layout and design of the final report

WAP Sustainability can help you manage your raw material transparency from beginning to end.

Contact WAP Sustainability for your Raw Material Transparency needs.