HPD Open Standard

What’s New with the HPD Open Standard – Version 2.1

Introduced in 2012, the Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Open Standard is intended to evolve to reflect the consensus, stakeholder practices in the building industry regarding the reporting, disclosure and transparency of product content and associated health information.  The HPD Collaborative (HPDC) is the non-profit, member-led organization that oversees the evolution of the Standard, through the work of its Technical Committee and Technical Sub-Groups.  Periodically new revisions to the Standard are introduced, to ensure that the Standard supports the learning and growth of work in the reporting and use of HPDs in everyday practice in the building industry.

In May 2017, the HPDC released the most current version of the HPD Open Standard, version 2.1.  Key elements of the 2.1 revision are:

  • Harmonization with LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit requirements
    • Harmonized Content Inventory formats
    • LEED “pre-check” indicator – mechanical check to determine if LEED-required data elements are present (does not evaluate content for correctness)
  • Clarifications of existing content
    • Clarified “Checklist” for compliant HPD
    • Added separate lines for Product and Manufacturer Names
    • Changed “UNK” to “NoGS” for no GreenScreen listing
    • In “Exclusions” – revised Introduction and Disclaimer
    • In “References” – clarified Manufacturer Contact Name to reflect responsibility for content of HPD
    • In Section 4, “Accessories” – added response to indicate no accessories required
  • Updates to existing content
    • Updated Third Party Verification data fields to include Third Party Verification status, identify preparers and/or verifiers
    • Updated “Publication” to reflect HPDC Public Repository
    • Updated Priority Hazard Lists
    • Corrected references to GreenScreen to reflect trademark
    • Updated references to GreenScreen Benchmarks
    • Checked and updated all referenced links
    • Updated references and links to HPDC website
    • Updated Glossary

The revised HPD 2.1 Open Standard is available now for download, together with updated support and training resources, via the HPD Collaborative (HPDC) website.

HPDs that were created with version 2.0 will remain valid through their existing expiry dates. Manufacturers will, at their option, be able to update an existing HPD 2.0 to the 2.1 revision using the HPD Builder tool. The HPD Builder for version 2.1 is planned for release in June. Registered users of the HPD Builder will receive a separate communication with information specific to HPD Builder 2.1. Information regarding availability of the HPD Builder 2.1 is also available on the HPDC website

HPD Open Standard: A Benefit for the Building Industry

The Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Open Standard provides a standard format and instructions to accurately, reliably and consistently report the contents of a building product, and associated health information.

  • For customers who want to know what is in the products they are specifying, buying, and using, a manufacturer can provide  comprehensive information about a product’s material contents and associated health information using the HPD Open Standard.
  • The HPD Open Standard reporting method and tools increase efficiency for manufacturers by replacing redundant – and sometimes conflicting – reporting formats, with a single format that will be accepted by leading materials disclosure and evaluation tools, green building rating systems, and organizations that have private, in-house standard and optimization programs.
  • The HPD Open Standard is an excellent vehicle for manufacturer disclosure and transparency programs, that provides an industry-accepted method for reporting product contents and the associated health information.
  • For manufacturers that are constrained to fully disclose contents because of limitations within their supply chain or by other factors, the HPD Open Standard provides flexibility. For example, manufacturers facing challenges with intellectual property or supply chain communication gaps can use the HPD to characterize the level of disclosure they are able to achieve.
  • The HPD promotes clear communication amongst the spectrum of stakeholders by providing a common language for disclosure for product content. This allows the HPD to be applied in many different purposes such as: rating system reporting, red-list compliance, product certification, manufacturing standards, supply chain management, and purchasing protocols.The Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC) welcomes membership of manufacturers and suppliers that support a common language for reporting product contents and information about how each ingredient relates to human and environmental health.

The HPD allows me to finally specify products with full knowledge of what’s in them and how it will impact a building’s environment and occupants. No other certification or disclosure system is as comprehensive or transparent.

Mike Manzi

BORA Architects

License for use

The Health Product Declaration Open Standard is the intellectual property of the HPD Collaborative, and provided to the public, free-of-charge, under the Creative Commons: Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND 4.0) license.  Anyone using the HPD Open Standard must comply with the terms of this license agreement, which will be enforced by the HPD Collaborative. For information on use of the terms, logos and trademarks, please click here.