Goal to Simplify and Streamline Material Health Reporting for Building Industry Participants
Today, the Health Product Declaration® Collaborative (HPDC) announced a Harmonization Initiative—the next step in a multi-year effort of industry leaders to harmonize reporting of product content and associated health information related to construction products. The goal of the Initiative, which will be led by the newly created HPDC Harmonization Technical Sub Group (TSG), is to remove ease-of-use, cost and complexity barriers to advancing the widespread use of Material Health reporting in the Building Industry. The Harmonization Technical Sub Group members were appointed by the HPDC Technical Committee, following an open industry call for applicants.
The members of the HPDC Harmonization Technical Sub Group are:
Jennifer Atlee, PROSOCO
Catherine Bobenhausen, Vidaris, Inc.
Arthur Clarke III, Metroflor Corporation
Wim Denecker. modulyss
Stacy Glass, Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute
Nancy Hulsey, HKS, Inc.
Casey Johnson, Forbo Flooring Systems
Monica Miller, ThyssenKrupp Elevator
Alexandra Muller, International Living Future Institute
Priya Premchandran. Google
Michelle Turner, Clean Production Action
Denise Van Valkenburg, Herman Miller
The Harmonization TSG will continue work that was initiated in 2013, when a Material Health Harmonization Task Group was convened, to bring together organizations working to develop harmonized reporting methods for product content and health information. That work resulted in the identification of initial opportunities for harmonization, many of which were implemented in Version 2.0 of the HPD Open Standard. Project teams and manufacturers use information reported using the Standard to assist in making product selection and specification decisions. Harmonizing the data formats and data entry methods results in significant reduction of complexity, time and cost.
“We are delighted that the harmonization work begun several years ago is now positioned to continue under the leadership of this newly formed Technical Sub Group,” said Wendy Vittori, HPDC Executive Director. “We are fortunate that almost all the original participants are represented, as well as new members, representing both users and manufacturers. This ensures we have a diverse set of viewpoints as we consider the next steps in implementing the harmonization of reporting methods. The benefits to the industry in streamlining the all-important data collection phase of this work are substantial.”
The Harmonization Technical Sub Group is one of five technical subgroups that support the HPDC Technical Committee, a 17-member committee responsible for overseeing the evolution of the HPD Open Standard. The other subgroups are: Content Inventory, Special Conditions, Supply Chain and Third Party Verification. Collectively these committees engage over 50 HPDC members in the ongoing evolution of the HPD Open Standard.
 For more information on the work of the Material Health Harmonization Task Group: Material Health Evaluation Programs Harmonization Update.
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