The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) recently announced that it has created the first draft Product Category Rule (PCR) for Sealants for North America. The PCR sets the rules that industry should follow when conducting a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which is then used to create an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). EPDs are tools that the value chain is beginning to use to communicate impact categories within the building and construction industry, and other industries.

The PCR for Sealants reportedly was created in a collaborative, consensus driven manner with an ASC member task force, UL Environment, and Thinkstep. The draft PCR is now open to public comment as ASC strives to deliver an industry wide PCR for sealants supporting the North American market.

“UL Environment is pleased to work with the ASC to issue this PCR, which will enable manufacturers of sealants to communicate their products’ environmental impacts so that purchasers can make more informed buying decisions,” said Anna Nicholson, program manager for UL Environment. “This PCR is a significant step and shows the industry's commitment to continued sustainability."

The PCR is now available for public review and comment until April 29, after which it will be reviewed by an independent expert panel.

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