While analysts continue to argue about whether or not the dip in housing sales in the first two months of 2014 is weather-related or not, it might be helpful to step back and take a look at the last few years to gain some perspective about where the market may be heading.
USGBC, UL team up to boost building product transparency
Environmental Product Declaration initiative will quantify environmental impacts
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Underwriter Laboratories (UL) have formed a strategic partnership centered on building product transparency and occupant health and safety. The partners will roll out several targeted initiatives focused on increasing disclosure, awareness and transparency of building product composition and the manufacturing processes. The first initiative is the creation of a joint Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). EPDs are a standardized way of quantifying the environmental impact of a product or system.