"Similar to a nutrition label on food packaging, these environmental product declarations present concise information to help building professionals make better-informed product decisions," said Mark Thimons, vice president of sustainability for SMDI. "In an effort to be as transparent as possible, these steel industry EPDs are more comprehensive than those for many other building materials, creating a truly all-encompassing view of each product's environmental impacts."
Building professionals can use this list of EPDs to help earn credits in green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED v4, which offers opportunities for steel in a revamped materials section including credits for life cycle assessment, EPDs and transparency.
SMDI will update its list as the steel industry continues to develop EPDs to maintain an informative, up-to-date resource for building professionals interested in the sustainability of steel building products.
AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 19 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 125 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.
SMDI increases and defends the use of steel by developing innovative materials, applications and value-added solutions for customers in the automotive, construction and packaging markets. SMDI construction investors include: AK Steel Corporation, ArcelorMittal, Nucor Corporation and SSAB Americas. For more information on SMDI, visit www.smdisteel.org or follow @SMDISteel on Twitter.
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SOURCE Steel Market Development Institute