Environmental Product Declarations

What is an EPD?

An environmental product declaration (EPD) is a standardised and verified way of quantifying the environmental impacts of a product based on a consistent set of rules that have been developed through an extensive stakeholder consultation process.

These impacts are based on the product’s consumption of raw materials and energy, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil and water over its full life cycle. An EPD includes a carbon footprint alongside other environmental indicators.

How can you use EPDs to gain environmental ratings?

EPDs may be used by project teams to obtain points under the Materials category of the current Design & As Built and Interiors rating tools, as well as under the Innovation Challenge category of the legacy Green Star rating tools.

It can also help project teams to conduct a Green Star compliant, whole-of-building, whole-of-life Life Cycle Assessment to obtain additional points under the Materials category of the current Design & As Built and Interiors rating tools as well as under the Innovation Challenge category of the legacy Green Star rating tools.

Who researched and checked the EPDs?

EPDs for Australian wood products authored by the Timber Development Association and thinkstep and independently verified by Catalyst. EPDs for Australian particleboard, medium density fibreboard and plywood are being finalised and will be available here soon. The EPD program operator is The Australasian EPD Programme Ltd.

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  Environmental Product Declaration: Softwood Timber

This Environmental Product Declaration presents the average performance of sawn timber from Australian grown softwood processed in Australia by members of Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). It recognises the importance of transparency by providing information on the raw materials, production and environmental impacts of Australian softwood.

This sector EPD covers Australian-produced sawn, kiln-dried softwood timber/lumber for consistency with International EPD System terminology.

The document complies with the requirements for an industry-wide EPD under the Green Building Council of Australia's Green Star rating system.

Included in this EPD:

  • Rough-sawn, kiln-dried softwood
  • Dressed, kiln-dried softwood

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Environmental Product Declaration: Hardwood Timber

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This Environmental Product Declaration presents the average performance of sawn timber from Australian grown softwood processed in Australia by members of Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). It recognises the importance of transparency by providing information on the raw materials, production and environmental impacts of Australian softwood.

This sector EPD covers Australian-produced sawn hardwood timber/lumber” for consistency with International EPD System terminology.

Included in this EPD

  • Rough-sawn, kiln-dried hardwood
  • Dressed, kiln-dried hardwood
  • Rough-sawn, green hardwood
  • Dressed, green hardwood

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Environmental Product Declaration: Particleboard

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This Environmental Product Declaration presents the average performance of particleboard manufactured in Australia from Australian grown wood residues by members of Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). It recognises the importance of transparency by providing information on the raw materials, production and environmental impacts of Australian particleboard.

Incuded in this EPD

  • Particleboard, 16 mm E1 standard melamine coated
  • Particleboard, 18 mm E1 standard melamine coated
  • Particleboard, 16 mm E1 moisture resistant (MR) melamine coated
  • Particleboard, 18 mm E1 moisture resistant (MR) melamine coated
  • Particleboard, 19 mm flooring (tongue & groove)
  • Particleboard, 22 mm flooring (tongue & groove)
  • Particleboard, 25 mm flooring (tongue & groove)

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Environmental Product Declaration: MDF 

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This Environmental Product Declaration presents the average performance of medium density fibreboard (MDF) manufactured in Australia from Australian grown wood residues by members of Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). It recognises the importance of transparency by providing information on the raw materials, production and environmental impacts of Australian MDF.

Included in this EPD

  • MDF, 18 mm E1 standard melamine coated
  • MDF, 25 mm E1 standard melamine coated
  • MDF, 18 mm E1 moisture resistant (MR) melamine coated
  • MDF, 25 mm E1 moisture resistant (MR) melamine coated

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Environmental Product Declaration: Plywood

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This Environmental Product Declaration presents the average performance of plywood manufactured in Australia from Australian grown wood by members of Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA). It recognises the importance of transparency by providing information on the raw materials, production and environmental impacts of Australian plywood.

Included in this EPD:

  • Interior plywood, C-bond, 9 mm (joinery)
  • Exterior plywood, A-bond, 7 mm (bracing)
  • Exterior plywood, A-bond, 9 mm (structural)
  • Formply, A-bond, 17 mm (formwork)
  • Plywood flooring, tongue and groove, A-bond, 15 mm (residential)
  • Plywood flooring, tongue and groove, A-bond, 25 mm (commercial)

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