Simplifying Supply Chain Ingredient Reporting in the Building Industry
Wakefield, MA, May 19, 2020 / CSRwire – Two years in development, Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC) has launched the latest update to its HPD Builder online reporting system. Introducing the Supplier HPD Extension, HPD Builder 2.2 greatly simplifies the work of both manufacturers and their suppliers to create Health Product Declaration© (HPD) reports. HPD Builder 2.2 also launches the full implementation of the HPD Open Standard version 2.2. The HPD Open Standard gives manufacturers a widely-accepted method for responding to requests for ingredient and health information from architects, designers and building owners – to enable the selection of building products featuring transparency in reporting and optimization of ingredients for health. Over 6,200 HPDs have been published to date, representing over 20,000 building products from 500+ manufacturers.
“The innovations in HPD Builder 2.2 greatly reduce the cost and complexity to gather and understand chemical ingredient information from the supply chain, making it much easier, especially for smaller firms that do not have dedicated sustainability resources and cannot afford consultants to prepare these reports,” commented Wendy Vittori, executive director of HPDC. “For many manufacturers transparency reporting has been a daunting proposition, because just getting started has required a detailed understanding of their entire supply chain together with expertise in chemical ingredient reporting. With the improvements in HPD Builder 2.2 it is easier than ever to gather and report this information.”
HPD Builder 2.2 provides full automation of manufacturer-supplier requests and seamlessly integrates data entry from multi-tiered supply chains. The Supplier HPD Extension is a secure, custom-designed portal that tailors HPD reporting requirements to the subset needed by suppliers. Use of the Supplier HPD Extension is included in a manufacturer’s HPD Builder membership, and once invited by a manufacturer, suppliers gain online access to the tools at no additional cost.
The Supplier HPD Extension highlights efficiency of data entry and management for suppliers, offering automated bill of material uploads. Custom formulations and configurations are easily managed with the flexible library-based approach of the Supplier HPD Extension. Automated communication enables easy outreach to lower tier suppliers. Most important, because the system is based on the HPD Open Standard, there is a single format for responding to all Requests for Information. This means that once the ingredients are entered, the same information can be provided to any manufacturer making a request, without the need for time-consuming, duplicative data entry.
The Supplier HPD Extension screens ingredients for health hazards, using GreenScreen List Translator™. “Among the most important innovations with the Supplier HPD are technology features that help manage confidential business information,” said John Geyer, HPDC Manufacturing and IT Program Director. “The disclosure tools in the Supplier HPD Extension allow a supplier to fully hazard screen their ingredients and provide the results to their manufacturer customer, without disclosing chemical identity information.”
“Enabling my suppliers to easily control disclosure of their confidential business information is a wonderful option, that should help simplify and speed up our transparency work,” said Rachel Berman, Sustainability Program Manager at Mecho Shades and co-chair of the HPDC Supply Chain Technical Sub-Group.
“The Supplier HPD Extension is going to be very helpful as we scale our material health work to our entire product line. Managing HPD reporting with a large number of suppliers and hundreds of products will be made much easier with these new capabilities,” said Luke Zhou, Lead Sustainable Materials Specialist at Humanscale, and co-chair of the HPDC Supply Chain Technical Sub-Group.
First released in 2012, the HPD Open Standard is harmonized with reporting for leading sustainability certification systems for buildings, such as LEED and WELL, and for building products, such as Cradle to Cradle Certified™, Declare, GreenScreen Certified™ and BIFMA LEVEL®[i]. When manufacturers report their information using the HPD Open Standard, costly repetitive and duplicative reporting steps can be eliminated. By publishing an HPD report in the HPD Public Repository, manufacturers can make their HPDs publicly available, and electronically transmit updated HPDs to online product libraries, including mindful MATERIALS, Ecomedes and Sustainable Minds. Manufacturers can also transfer information between their HPD Builder, Toxnot and Declare accounts using the HPD Builder API.
For further information and access to Version 2.2 documents, click on this link to visit the HPD Collaborative website.
HPDC is a not-for-profit, member association with over 300 organizational members, representing the full spectrum of the building industry: architects, designers, building owners, manufacturers, consultants, tool developers, and others who all share a common purpose to improve the transparency of information and the material health of the built environment. The HPD Open Standard has become widely adopted as the industry standard for reporting on building product contents and associated health information, since its launch in 2012, with over 6,200 HPD reports publicly available. HPDC members champion the continuous improvement of the building industry’s performance through transparency, openness and innovation in the practices of reporting, disclosure, specification and selection of building products. For more information, visit hpd-collaborative.org.
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