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Lesson 1 – Intro to Health Product Declarations

HPD Basics

The HPD Open Standarda standard specification used in the building industryThe HPD Open Standarda format for accurately, reliably and consistently reporting product contents and associated health informationThe HPD Open Standarda technology tool that integrates data with rating and certification standards in the building industry

What is an HPD?

A Health Product Declaration (HPD) is a public report of the chemical substances and other contents that are in your product as delivered to a jobsite, along with associated health information of those contents. HPDs are voluntary, and are self-reported by the manufacturer of the product. They may be third-party verified.

What type of information is reported on an HPD?

Health Product Declarations (HPDs) report the ingredients present in a finished product and provide a full disclosure of the hazards associated to these products, and their GreenScreen score, as well as other health information considered relevant by users of HPDs.

How are HPDs used and by whom?

HPDs are mainly used by the architecture, design, and construction community to specify products in projects with sustainability and/or health-related goals. HPDs are incentivized by a number of rating systems including LEED, WELL, and Living Building Challenge.

Why do manufacturers need an HPD?

 To learn about and report product contents and associated health information.
 To identify areas of improvement for product formulations
 To be competitive within the green building industry
 To make products eligible for rating system incentives such as LEED, WELL, and Living Building Challenge.

Each manufacturer will use different methods, based on the product and processes used to create it.  The process outlined below provides general guidelines to be modified and expanded as needed.