New hansgrohe CPD training opens the world of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

  • The premium bathroom brand’s latest CPD will help architects, designers and specifiers understand what EPDs are and how to use them in projects.
  • Architects and specifiers already booking for exclusive RIBA-accredited training support.

With Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) viewed as an increasingly important reference tool to better understand the long-term sustainability of design and construction products, premium bathroom manufacturer Hansgrohe has obtained the exclusive rights with RIBA to deliver an accredited CPD training programme on EPDs.

The newly launched course, Environmental Product Declarations – the ‘ecological’ passport of a building, has been specifically designed for architects and specifiers. It has been designed to ensure that, at the completion of the CPD, participants understand the purpose of an EPD, know how they are created, appreciate the different types of EPDs that are available, understand who accredits them and, finally, recognise how to interrupt the detail within the EPD so that they can be utilised on projects.

The CPD training will also focus on the quantitative data and objectivity contained with EPDs which contribute to an “ecological passport” of building products.

EPDs are particularly important for building projects that are subject to international certification systems such as BREEAM.

Interactive and convenient

The training module has been created by Hansgrohe’s Green Company, part of the Hansgrohe Group which focusses on sustainability and improving the planet. It is being delivered on an interactive basis by the company’s product experts, at participating architect and specifier offices, to a small group of delegates.  The face-to-face format provides an ideal opportunity to fully appreciate the key details around EPD creation, objective and use within an informal and more relaxed training environment.

Attendees on the training session can also claim double points which count towards their continuous professional development (CPD) status.

Steffen Erath, Head of Innovation and Sustainability at Hansgrohe Group, comments:

“We are delighted to provide this important training module specifically aimed at supporting the architectural and specification market.  EPDs are an essential element when it comes to the future of design and construction, enabling more informed decision-making around the impact of product choices.  As such, it is essential that they are fully understood and used as a critical tool to create the type of sustainable buildings we all want to see.”

Lynne Wainwright, Training Consultant for Architects & Designers at Hansgrohe UK, says:

“CPDs are widely recognised as an essential training element allowing professionals to develop knowledge and skills through the course of their career. We’re delighted that our Environmental Product Declarations – the ‘ecological’ passport of a building CPD has been accredited by RIBA, and well received by the architectural and specification sector – as the focus on sustainability and being carbon neutral intensifies.

“Design organisations have already booked onto the module, keen to fully understand the role of an EPD and how it can influence and support important projects going forward. I urge others to take up this unique training offer.”

Last year, Hansgrohe Group announced it had created EPDs for over 1,400 of its best-selling chrome products. Each provides essential information on flow rates, water, and energy consumption and CO2 balances, as well as the origin and composition of materials and recycling options.

To secure an on-site booking for hansgrohe’s – Environmental Product Declarations – the ‘ecological’ passport of a building, CPD, please visit