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Practicing Transparency in 2018 – Taking the Next Step

Step 2: Everyone Can Benefit from Basic Transparency Education

What does it mean to “practice transparency in the area of material health?” Many of us have been hearing and using this terminology for some time now, and working within our practices to help educate our colleagues, clients and suppliers so that they can support our transparency work. Congratulations – and thank you – for these efforts!
HPDC and our ecosystem partners have a growing number of education resources available to assist you in these efforts. Here are a few to consider adding to your quiver!

“The Empowered Design Professional” is a 1-hour introductory course that covers the basics of material health, transparency, HPDs and documenting the LEED v4 Material Ingredient Disclosure and Optimization credits. HPDC worked with the well-known professional course developer, GreenCE, to create a course that meets the specific needs of busy design professionals who need to quickly learn the basics, and is making it available at no-charge. The web-based course provides CEU credits with AIA, GBCI and IDCEC programs, and over 1,000 professionals have already taken this course since it launched in November 2017.

Stay tuned for the launch of four new online courses in early June developed by experts at Parsons’ Healthy Materials Lab and over 50 experts in their fields. This certificate program is composed of four self-paced online courses. Courses 1 and 2 provide an introduction to key topics in the field for those with general or more specialized interests. Courses 3 and 4 are geared towards practitioners in the built environment and those concerned with making a positive impact in product specification, installation and maintenance. The program is intended to both complement existing Parsons degree programs and serve as continuing education for professionals.

The four courses cover information required in the design of more healthful interiors. Learning benefits and outcomes include:

  • The ability to compare products and materials used in the built environment
  • Explain the importance of designing with non-toxic materials
  • Evaluate products and materials, identifying hazards and comparing suitable options
  • Set criteria, analyze product information and specify materials

Understanding chemicals and materials management is the focus of a new series of four online courses from Clean Production Action, the developer of GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals, and a founding harmonization partner with HPDC. These courses will be presented live, with the first course beginning on May 17. The four courses are:

  • Designing a Chemicals Management Policy
  • Managing the Chaos of Chemical Lists
  • Setting Goals and Measuring Chemical Footprints
  • Avoiding Regrettable Substitutes with GreenScreen®
These courses speak to the needs of both manufacturers and users of products to better understand the industry trends in this area and the tools and resources available to proactively respond.

Just Starting Out With Transparency?

Join the “Transparency Now” movement by adopting the four steps to transparency in your practice: Goals, Education, Information, Utilization. For more information on HPDC’s resources to help you get started, visit our Transparency Now resource page.

Participate with HPDC at NeoCon – Booth 7-1031

HPDC will be returning to Chicago June 11-13 for our second round as a NeoCon exhibitor! NeoCon 2017 was a great experience, giving us the opportunity to present the ideas of material health and transparency to a wide spectrum of design professionals who attend this event. If you are interested in visiting with us at the show or would like to join us in the booth to help provide information to your colleagues about the work of HPDC, please contact us. We will be delighted to spend time with you and very much welcome members to join in helping us spread the word!

Update on HPD v2.1.1 – Release and Implementation Schedule

The schedule for the release of the HPD v2.1.1 revision document has been pushed out to May. We still anticipate full implementation in the HPD Builder to be available in July. This “dot-dot” release primarily provides two timely updates to the HPD Open Standard: Special Conditions and Hazard Screening. Updating already-published HPDs to the 2.1.1 revision is optional and will be available to manufacturers as an automated conversion in the HPD Builder 2.1.1 when it is available. We will continue to update you on the schedule via our newsletter and HPDC member updates. For any questions, please contact us via our Support Portal.

Newly Published HPDs in March

There are now over 3,700 HPDs published in the HPD Public Repository, of which over 1,200 are in the newest version 2.1.1 of the HPD Open Standard – this includes the LEED Pre-Check Indicator.
Thank you to the 35 manufacturers who published HPDs in March!

All-City Metal
Anzea Textiles
Armstrong World Industries
Carpets International Thailand Public
Company Limited
Chilewich, LLC
Daubois Products Inc.
Detex Corporation
Forbo Flooring Systems
Guardian Glass
Henry Company
Industrial Louvers Inc.
J&J Flooring Group

J. Josephson, Inc.
LATICRETE International
Le Groupe Legerlite
Luna Textiles
Mermet USA
North American MgO
Package Pavement –  Spec Mix
Parterre Flooring Systems
PPG Architectural Finishes
Superior Essex
The Mitchell Group
Ultrafabrics, Inc.

Member Corner

GC3 Innovators Roundtable – May 8-10
The Green Chemistry and Commerce Council’s 13th Annual Innovators Roundtable, hosted by Eastman Chemical, will be taking place May 8-10 in Kingsport, TN.
The Roundtable is one of the most important events for professionals across the value chain to network, share and learn about the latest developments in green chemistry. As always, the GC3 team has planned an exciting agenda that you can see here. More info can be found on the GC3 Roundtable program page.
New this year: The Green & Bio-Based Chemistry Technology Showcase & Networking Event will be integrated into the Roundtable agenda (on May 8). The Showcase will feature 10 innovative startup companies that successfully competed for the opportunity to present their technologies to larger, strategic companies.
CarbonCure Named a Finalist in the Carbon XPRIZE Challenge
HPDC member and Board member CarbonCure was recently named as a finalist in the global $20 million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE for its technology that profitably converts carbon dioxide into stronger and greener concrete.
The Carbon XPRIZE challenges competitors to convert CO2 emissions into valuable products, with the purpose of identifying the most scalable technologies to unlock massive CO2 reductions and economic opportunities. CarbonCure has been named one of five finalists in the Wyoming Track, which will focus on demonstrating technologies at a coal power plant in Gillette, Wyoming. An additional five finalists will compete in the Alberta Track for demonstration at a natural gas power plant in Calgary, Alberta.
Want to Be Featured in Our Next Member Corner?  
Please contact us with your story about how you are advancing transparency practice and the use of the HPD Open Standard, and we will be happy to consider featuring your organization in future newsletters!

Our Newest Members

Len-Tex Corporation
LG Hausys America, Inc.
Odenwald Faserplattenwerk GmbH
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Chilewich LLC
Masland Contract
The Metraflex Company
Northwest Green Chemistry
Oregon Door
Pawling Corporation
Silicalia SL
Summit International Flooring
Textile Mania
Vescom America, Inc.
VItra Factory GmbH

For the full list of HPDC members – now over 200 organizations – click here.

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Our Newest Members


Lotte Advanced Materials Co., Ltd.
American Gypsum Company LLC
Eggers Industries
Flexco Floors Corporation
Le Groupe Légerlite
Specified Technologies Inc.
Wolf Gordon

For the full list of HPDC members – now over 200 organizations – click here.

HPD Collaborative is a not-for-profit member organization responsible for the maintenance and evolution of the HPD Open Standard. To see the full list of HPDC members, click here. For more information, or to join HPD Collaborative, please visit the HPDC website. The work of HPD Collaborative is made possible by our members – through their volunteer efforts and annual dues – and by our sponsors, with their generous financial contribution. We would like also to thank the JPB Foundation for their support of our work through the HAMP project.