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BRANZ 4-Step ProcessBRANZ-EPD-Brochure.jpg Environmental Product Declaration

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) provide construction and other manufacturers with formal environmental assessment and verification of their products and services. EPDs are developed based on international standards, using a quantitative technique called Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

With the establishment and launch of the Australasian EPD Programme in 2014, manufacturers now have access to an EPD Programme Operator offering a new, robust, science-based communication method for demonstrating the environmental credentials of their products and services. EPDs are increasingly gaining recognition in building environmental rating schemes globally, including most recently Green Star in Australia.

The BRANZ 4-Step Process is designed to help you develop and register an EPD on the Australasian EPD Programme.

Why develop an Australasian EPD Programme EPD?

Manufacturers have different reasons for developing EPDs. They provide a benchmark of a product's environmental impacts that can be used as a basis for continuous improvement. They are communication documents based on a rigorous quantitative assessment to specific rules (called Product Catagory Rules or PCRs) and verified by an independent third party. By developing an EPD using the BRANZ 4-Step Process, you may identify opportunities such as increased efficiencies, less waste and cost savings. Above all, EPDs demonstrate product integrity through transparency of reporting.

How BRANZ can help - the BRANZ 4-Step Process

With BRANZ's unique experience of New Zealand construction and Life Cycle Assessment, we are able to offer our customers a complete EPD delivery service to help you develop your EPD(s) for the Australasian EPD Programme.

The BRANZ 4-Step Process can be tailored to meet your specific requirements, ensuring you get the right level of technical and project management support you need, so you can focus on your day-to-day responsibilities.


  • Independent New Zealand research, consulting and testing organisation for the construction sector.
  • Detailed knowledge of New Zealand construction and the materials and products used in New Zealand.
  • Experience of delivering LCA and EPDs, and LCA critical review.
  • Customer focused approach.

Contact us if you are new to EPDs and want to find out more. If you have any questions or are interested in developing an EPD, please call or email Dr David Dowdell, Principal Scientist at BRANZ or phone 04 237 1174. 

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