A More Transparent Shade of Green: Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) Drive Restrooms to the Lead in Green Design

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Decipher environmental product labels and certifications to balance health, safety, and welfare concerns when designing sustainable public restrooms.

As both sustainability and efficiency advance in the built environment, designers and clients are committed to purchasing green products that achieve project performance, client health, and safety goals. It is important to understand the continuum of product category rules (PCR), life cycle assessments (LCA), and environmental product declarations (EPD) in developing products that meet environmental standards. Learn how to decipher related labels and certifications to make sustainable choices when designing public restrooms, and review case studies to examine sustainable restroom design applications.

Content Provider 
Excel Dryer

What You Will Learn
  • How environmental product declarations (EPDs) allow for apples to apples comparisons of building products in terms of hygiene, welfare, and health performance.
  • How product category rules (PCRs) establish clear, consistent evaluation methods for building products as a means to help ensure and validate the environmental performance of buildings.
  • How PCRs, LCAs, and EPDs can be used together to assess and optimize the hygiene, health, and sustainability characteristics of high-performance restroom design.
  • How to apply the information provided by environmental and efficiency standards when making product and welfare decisions.

Continuing Education Approvals 
  • 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW-Sustainability | CC-110085 (Your CEU will be reported to IDCEC on your behalf by the Content Provider)
  • 1 AIA LU | HSW | TSG19 (AIA Members: Please contact education@asid.org to have your completion reported by the Content Provider)
  • 1 GBCI CE Hour | Course Number: 0920004912 (Please self-report GBCI credit hours. Certificate of completion provided)

Access Period: One year from registration date.


A More Transparent Shade of Green Course Video
Open to view video.
Open to view video. Please review the complete course video (44 minutes) so that you are able to take the final quiz to earn your continuing education credit. You must watch at least 75% of the video to move forward with the quiz.
A More Transparent Shade of Green Course Quiz
11 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  9/11 points to pass
11 Questions  |  5 attempts  |  9/11 points to pass You must score a minimum of 80% to pass this quiz and complete the course. You will have 5 attempts.
A More Transparent Shade of Green Course Survey
9 Questions
9 Questions Please complete the survey to receive your course completion certificate.
Course Completion and Credit Certificate
Live Viewing: 1.00 CEU and certificate available
Live Viewing: 1.00 CEU and certificate available 1 IDCEC CEU | HSW-Sustainability, 1 AIA LU | HSW, and 1 GBCI CE awarded upon successful completion of the course. REPORTING: The Content Provider will report CEUs earned directly to IDCEC on your behalf. AIA Members: Upon completion, please notify education@asid.org, including your AIA member number, the course name, and date completed. We will report your completion to AIA on your behalf. GBCI credit Reporting: Please use the certificate to self-report.