What Some of the Architectural / Building & Construction Community is Doing to Support HPDs

Posted on 1/27/2014 1:02:12 PM By Paul Bertram

What will you do when your technical department receives a letter like this?

Here is what some of the architectural community is doing to support HPDs (Heath Product Declarations):

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You can view this letter and more letters here.

Let’s be clear on this letter writing campaign; it is independent of the HPD – Health Product Declaration Collaborative  –and the USGBC LEEDv4 green building certification programs.

These letters have a common theme that supports material transparency of material chemistries for the purpose of evaluating and eliminating chemistries believed to be hazardous.

In this particular example, the architectural firm is requesting manufacturers to list their chemistries by use of HPDs, The Living Building Challenge’s “DeClare” report or another 3rd party verified report. There is also an implication within these letters that specification of materials without some acceptable reporting on material chemistries could be impacted. At least this is how I read the sample letter.

As a note: LEEDv4 also accepts C2C, GreenScreen and reporting on Pharos.


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At Greenbuild 2014, Sustainable Minds featured their recently introduced LCA software (SM2011) that claims to have the most up to date science including human health impacts and is ISO 14040 complaint with independent 3rd party verification by NSF.

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As reported by BuildingGreen, another new product ingredient disclosure format called an Environmental and Health Statement, or EHS, has been developed and utilized by a major flooring manufacturer. The German consulting company EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH (EPEA) developed a this new tool, which draws on aspects of the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) standard, aims to give designers and specifiers a clear view into product ingredients and other environmental attributes; it will also track the C2C product optimization process. 

Independent of the letter from the architects, it was also recently announced Pharos would like manufacturers to list HPDs on that website. The HPD website also is providing public access for manufacturers after compliance review and approval.

What does this mean for your products and materials?

Reporting of single chemistries is not optional. Regardless of proprietary concerns, legal implications and supplier cooperation, the adhesives and sealants industry has to come to terms on this issue.

I’m asking you and challenging you to be proactive.  You have an opportunity to actively participate in this dialogue, and ASC could serve as your communications vehicle and connection point. So, let’s work together and coordinate a response.  There is strength in numbers as the architects have demonstrated with their letter campaign.

Are you interested?  Do you have any input?  Post a comment below.

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