NGA Considers Development of Industry-wide Processed Glass EPD

Glass Magazine
February 5, 2019
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, FABRICATION

During the 2019 National Glass Association Annual Conference, held Jan. 22-24 in Naples, Florida, the organization’s volunteer Fabricating Committee discussed developing an industry-wide environmental product declaration for processed glass. 

An EPD is used to disclose the life cycle performance of a product, derived from a set of product category rules that measure the life cycle impacts of a product. The ongoing push for better building performance and sustainability, along with increasing demand for product transparency declarations, make EPDs an increasingly critical offering for glass companies. The industry-wide EPD would allow fabricators to provide transparency information to architects when requested.

The proposed industry-wide processed glass EPD would be based on a previously published PCR for processed glass. The PCR was published in 2016 by UL Environment and funded by the Glass Association of North America (now combined with the NGA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance. The proposed EPD would include a wide range of processed glass products, including coated, laminated, insulating and glass that is processed or fabricated through edging, bending, etching, drilling and more.

To be able to use the industry-wide EPD, companies must participate in the process. Fabricators interested in being involved in the EPD development process should contact technicalsvcs@glass.org.