Volume 50, Issue 3 - March 2015

Energy&Environment

Much Anticipated HPD Revision Set for Release this Month

The Health Product Declaration (HPD), an increasingly used disclosure tool for reporting product content and associated health information for building products and materials, is continuing to advance in use and development. After being delayed in late 2014, the HPD v2.0 online platform from the HPD Collaborative will be available for use this month; the Collaborative’s Manufacturers Advisory Panel (MAP) began beta testing the new version in February.

Key elements of the HPD v2.0 and the online platform, according to the Collaborative, include:

• Streamlined inventory thresholds for intentional ingredients and residuals;

• New characterization of disclosure;

• Integrated approach to content and hazard summaries;

• Use of materials as a basis for organizing inventory; and

• Improved online functionality to match the updated format:
- Document simplification,
language modifications;
- Process for complex assembly products;
- Revised approach to ‘Hazard
Summary;’
- Review of ‘Priority Hazard Lists’ and associated screenings; and
- Best practice guidelines for generic commodity materials.


Much like a nutritional label, an HPD is a standard format for reporting product content and associated health information for building products and materials.

According to HPD Collaborative executive director John Knott, more than 1,100 accounts exist in the online platform, with 939 published HPDs from 185 different manufacturers.

Guardian Industries, for example, is one of the first float glass manufacturers to offer HPD information. The company had been in the process of developing it in 2014 and announced in January its HPD includes a range of its flat glass and coated products.

“Guardian supports architects and designers that want to be environmentally and socially responsible with the products they specify, and are incorporating energy efficiency and sustainability in their designs,” says Chris Dolan, director of marketing, North America, Guardian Industries Corp. “We’re offering the Guardian HPD for our commercial exterior, interior and residential product families.”

Architectural glass industry companies such as View, Viracon and Safti First have also adopted HPD practices as a result of an increase in demand from designers.

Having to create a single HPD for each fabricated product—which could count in the thousands—is a concern for fabricators, as it could be exhaustive and expensive. When asked about that concern, HPD Collaborative technical liaison Jennifer Atlee explained that products with materials of similar compositions could, in fact, be combined on one HPD. Also, the tool used to create the HPD is free, so the added cost would stem primarily from the internal gathering of information in the supply chain or later third-party verification of the HPD, but not the actual creation of the HPD itself.

Knott adds that the involvement of the MAP, which was established in late 2013, has been key in making adjustments to the HPD over time, as it includes input and assistance from manufacturers of a broad range of sectors in the building industry.

“The volunteer-led MAP has been an invaluable resource as we navigate the waters of improving our online platform to ensure it is easy to use, clarifies conflicting transparency terminology and provides value to the producers, designers and specifiers who will review and evaluate the product content across the global supply chain,” he says.

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