The global building and construction industry accounts for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions while having significant impact on our natural environment.

Carbon emissions, commonly referred to as embodied carbon, are released not only during the operational life but also during the manufacturing, transportation, construction and end of life phases of all built assets, both buildings and infrastructure. According to the World Green Building Council, embodied carbon in buildings contributes around 11% of all global carbon emissions.

For everyone working in the construction industry, meeting the needs of our society without breaching the earth’s ecological boundaries will demand a paradigm shift in our behaviour.

James Hardie works with their customers to deliver products that are resource efficient and low impact across all phases of the product lifecycle.

To ensure complete transparency of their carbon footprint, James Hardie Australia has launched a new, extended Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). Provision of such information via EPD offers one of the highest forms of environment declaration, which is internationally recognised and verified according to ISO 14025 and EN 15804 standards.

James Hardie has updated and extended their 2020 EPD to include their full product range. This will assist all customers with environmental rating and procurement schemes such as Green Star, LEED and Living Building Challenge.

To learn more about using EPDs to compare building materials, join the James Hardie CPD Webinar Series.