Demystifying EPDs in Sustainable Design

Now, more than ever, environmental impacts are a worldwide concern, and one that the A&D community is being asked to address in their work.

This On Demand CEU is a recorded presentation from a previous live event.

Now, more than ever, environmental impacts are a worldwide concern, and one that the A&D community is being asked to address in their work. EPDs can be a powerful tool to use when choosing materials for commercial projects – and understanding the ins & outs of this valuable tool has never been more necessary. From the creation of EPDs to using them when specifying materials, there’s a lot to understand, yet it’s a tough subject to tackle on your own.

i+s’ Continuing Education Series articles allow design practitioners to earn continuing education unit credits through an article.

Learning Objectives:

After reading this article, you should be able to:

  • Understand the components of a Type III EPD.
  • Understand how to read data provided in a Type III EPD.
  • Understand the application of EPDs to specific rating system criteria for LEED and Green Globes.
  • Understand utilization of databases and resources to access Type III EPDs.

*This CEU opportunity is sponsored by RFCI.

About the Author

Jane Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ASID, ACHA, CHID LEED AP BD+C & GGA – EB: Jane Rohde is the founding principal of JSR Associates Inc. in Catonsville, MD. JSR Associates Inc. celebrates 23 years of consulting services in 2019. Jane is the recipient of the 2015 Environments for Aging Changemaker Award and in 2018 she received the ASID Design for Humanity Award, was recognized as an Honorary Alumni of Clemson University’s Architecture + Health program, and has been honored as one of 10 notable Women in Design. For more information or comments, please contact Jane Rohde at or “Chat with Jane” at

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Course Includes

  • 1 Lesson
  • 1 Quiz
  • Course Certificate
  • AIA

    Credits: 1 LU/HSW

    Instructional Delivery Method: On-Demand: Print/Other

    Prerequisites: None

    Program Level: Intermediate

    Advance learner preparation: N/A

    AIA CES program approval expiration date: 12/04/2026


    AIA CES Provider statement: Endeavor Business Media is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number 10084542. All registered AIA CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider or this learning program may be sent to AIA CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3). This learning program is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product. AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.




    Credits: 0.1 CEU/HSW

    This CEU is registered with the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC) for continuing education credits.