Material Health Practice–Take Your Next Step Today!
We can probably all agree that it would have been impossible to anticipate what has happened in the world since we embarked on HPD Version 2.3 development several years ago. Despite the many unanticipated events and challenges that have affected so many aspects of our day-to-day lives, our voluntary material health movement is thriving, and our growth is accelerating. And, we are seeing increasing participation from every corner of the building industry.
As we prepare to launch Version 2.3 into full implementation this month, there is strong, tangible evidence of our progress. More than 700 manufacturers have published almost 10,000 HPDs – all available to the public in the HPD Public Repository at no cost. And, these HPDs are being used in a growing number of building projects – one key indicator is the over 3,100 projects that are pursuing the LEED v4.1 Material Ingredients Credit, which is estimated to represent more than half a billion square feet of projects that since 2019 have decided to use this credit.
As a member of the material health community of practice, your efforts are making buildings healthier and safer – they are also advancing equity. Information transparency enables anyone and everyone to comprehensively understand the human and environmental health aspects of products that have published HPD reports. And we are taking an important next step: to directly incorporate information about social equity practices into the HPD Open Standard – an effort well underway since 2021, through the combined efforts of the HPDC Social Equity Working Group and Technical Sub-Group.
These advancements in HPDs and the broader ecosystem of material health ratings, certifications, tools and systems, make it timely to reach out to the many practitioners – manufacturers, suppliers, architects, designers, contractors, building owners and others – who have yet to take their first step in material health. Working with material health information – to create HPDs and use them on projects – is easier and faster than ever before. You can help us spread the word – see the “Outreach” story below to learn about how you can help us bring this message to the broader building community.
For all of you who are advancing material health every day – thank you for your fabulous work, your continuing support and contributions that are taking material health practice to a whole new level in 2022!
Wendy Vittori, HPDC, Executive Director
HPDC Announces the Full Implementation of HPD Open Standard Version 2.3!
On May 12, HPDC released HPD Open Standard Version 2.3, the latest update to its industry-leading open standard for transparency and reporting for building product contents and associated health information. The latest Standard contains a significant number of refinements, improvements, and new features that take product transparency reporting to a new level of excellence.
We plan to fully implement the HPD Builder 2.3 during the weekend of July 8, 9 and 10. From July 11 forward, all newly published HPDs will be with Version 2.3. Registered HPD Builder users will receive a separate email with the full details of the cutover to Version 2.3. You may also visit the HPDC website for further information on the Version 2.3 Full Implementation plan.
“HPD Open Standard v2.3 reflects an important next step in improving both reporting quality and ease of use for material health information,” said Wendy Vittori, HPDC Executive Director. “New features include results and pre-checks for previously time-consuming and repetitive steps, such as screening for additional listings and pre-checking against program criteria. Learning from the almost 10,000 published HPDs, we have been able to refine reporting guidance in many areas, making it easier for manufacturers to prepare high quality reports.”
Register for HPD Builder Version 2.3 Webinars.
It’s coming! We plan to fully implement the HPD Builder 2.3 during the weekend of July 8, 9 and 10. To prepare for full implementation and release of HPD Builder v2.3, join us for these two webinars:
Webinar 1 – New Features in HPD Builder V2.3: June 22 from 4-5 pm ET
Join us for a detailed explanation of new features of HPD Open Standard v2.3, including visual updates, product transparency, data quality and ease of use for the building products industry.
PRESENTERS: HPDC’s Tristan Roberts, Chief Technologist, and Cory White, Technical Specialist
Webinar 2 – How to use HPD Builder V2.3: June 29 from 4-5 pm ET
Join us for a live walk through of changes and improvements to the HPD Builder v2.3 with HPDC staff and the development team. Presenters will demonstrate new features and answer questions.
PRESENTERS: HPDC’s Wendy Vittori, Executive Director, and Milla Marcano, Manager, Technical Support
HPDC Launches Supplier Quick Start Course.
This Supplier Quick Start is an educational course that teaches the basic concepts about Health Product Declarations and makes it easier for suppliers to use the Supplier HPD Builder Extension tool to provide ingredients data to manufacturers.
The course supports manufacturers’ efforts to educate suppliers on HPD requirements and promote the use of the Supplier HPD Builder Extension tool.
There are four easy-to-follow sections of the course. The Supplier Quick Start course was developed and presented by Milla Marcano, Manager, HPDC Technical Support.
To learn more about the Supplier Quick Start course, please click below.
HPDC and Green Science Policy Institute Partner to Promote Product Transparency & HPDs.
HPDC is excited to partner with the Material Health Buyers Club, a program of the Green Science Policy Institute. The Material Health Buyers Club is a group of large institutional purchasers working together to increase transparency and decrease harmful chemical usage to create healthier workplaces.
Since 2014, Buyers Club members have collaborated with manufacturers, architects, designers, specifiers, and academics to develop and support new and innovative healthier building products. They are directly speaking to manufacturers informing them that they need to complete HPDs for their product to even be considered.
The Buyers Club members collectively manage a combined 3 billion square feet of buildings worldwide. Current members include:
- Harvard University
- Housing Partnership Network
- Kaiser Permanente
- San Francisco Department of Environment
- Troon Pacific
At a recent trip to the 2022 World Adhesive and Sealant Conference, The Buyers Club met with 27 individuals representing Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 suppliers.The beginnings of a possible market shift within the adhesives and sealant industry, driven largely by European requirements was noted, although product performance was front and center in all conversations, as well as how it is critical to engage manufacturers and their suppliers at same time in these discussions.
Be a Material Health Champion: A Win-Win Opportunity To Grow The Material Health Community.
With the recent release of version 2.3 of the HPD Open Standard, there is no better time for those new to material health to get onboard with HPDs and product transparency.
Version 2.3 provides a variety of new features and enhanced automation that makes it easier than ever for organizations to get started with Material Health practices, providing opportunities for product innovation, increased marketplace opportunity, greater public trust, risk reduction, and an improved Environmental, Social, and Governance score.
Help Us Grow Material Health Participation – Outreach Initiative and Incentives to Act Now.
As an HPDC member, you can help us reach out to your colleagues who have yet to take that first step into material health practice
- HPDC New Member Referral Program
HPDC members who refer an organization to us will receive 20% off your next annual membership renewal when that organization becomes a new HPDC member. In addition, the company you referred will ALSO receive 20% off their first year membership dues.
CASE STUDY: The Magnolias Affordable Modular Housing.
First Community Housing Creates Affordable Multifamily Rental Property
Magnolias is a 66-unit, affordable modular housing development located in Morgan Hill, CA., developed by First Community Housing (FCH) in partnership with SERA Architects, Factory OS, and Synergy modular. This multifamily rental property will become home for low-income individuals, families, and veterans, and provide support services including short-term rental assistance.
The project aims for LEED Platinum certification and places a strong emphasis on equity and community-centered design. The project team collaborated with Healthy Building Network (HBN) to identify healthier material options to improve occupant health and reduce impacts on fenceline communities.
The article includes a number of very important lessons learned when it comes to healthier product choices in green building. Identifying potential hidden hazards are often difficult to discover. The challenges to providing a safe and healthy built environment – including how toxic chemicals disproportionately impact the health of communities of color, low-income families, and children – are discussed at length in this detailed case study.
If you would like to share your organization’s leadership story in the Members Corner, please contact us. Share you news, progress and update with Paula Schaper at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update on mindful MATERIALS’ Common Materials Framework and Impact Summit.
Mindful MATERIALS’ Content Advisory Board of cross-functional experts has finished their work building out the Common Materials Framework (CMF) and are now working to get certification body feedback on the framework. Mindful MATERIALS is incredibly excited that the CMF v1 will be shared in partnership with AIA at their conference in June. Subscribe to the mindful MATERIALS newsletter to get the latest!
Want to learn more about the framework and how it’s aligning the industry? Join the mMATERIAL Impact Summit on June 13th at Brookfield Properties in Chicago. mindful MATERIALS is convening leaders from across the built environment to kick off Neocon. HPDC’s Chief Technologist Tristan Robert is the keynote and is speaking on the panel!
Hear from inspiring keynotes who will ask us to stay open to new possibilities. Map the materials industry and your next sustainability move with a fun and fast panel. Learn about new resources aligning and accelerating progress. Leverage the genius of the room and connect with peers.
USGBC Inaugural Product Solutions Showcase.
Join USGBC’s inaugural Digital Product Solutions Showcase July 26-28, 2022 from 1-3:30 pm ET.
Think best elevator pitch ever, product speed greening sessions, making connections, plus educational sessions all rolled up in one. Learn about how the LEED credits are evolving and how you can achieve them. USGBC members attend for free (non-members only $10) and will be able to learn about the vast array of different green building and sustainable products quickly and engage deeper if they have questions or want to learn more.
The HPD Public Repository is the authoritative resource for all published HPDs. Visit the Repository to access almost 10,000 published HPDs, representing over 40,000 building products, from 700+ manufacturers –
Thanks to the following 193 Manufacturers who’ve published 1158 HPDs in V2.2 from November 2021 through May 2022.
ABC Polymer Industries, LLC
AHF, LLC dba AHF Products
ARDEX Engineered Cements
Aristech Surfaces, LLC
Armstrong Flooring, Inc.
Armstrong World Industries
ASM Modular Systems, Inc.
Benjamin Moore & Co.
Boston Valley Terra Cotta
Centria Building Materials Manufacturing (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Copper Development Association
Crossfield Products Corp.
CTS Cement Manufacturing Corporation
Custom Building Products
DAEJIN CO. LTD.
Daubois Products Inc.
Elkay Manufacturing Company
Ernest Maier Inc
Floor Seal Technology, Inc.
Garden On The Wall
Global Integrated Flooring Solutions
Gold Bond Building Products, LLC provided by National Gypsum Company
Golterman & Sabo, Inc
H.B. Fuller Company
Hotchkiss Air Supply
HUBBELL INC (DELAWARE) PREMISE WIRING DIV
Huntsman Building Solutions
Incatro Room Acoustics
ISE Logik Industries
Jazeera Factory for Paints Co
Kaleseramik Çanakkale Kalebodur Seramik Sanayi AŞ
Key Resin Company
Knauf Insulation, Inc.
Le Groupe Legerlite
LX Hausys America, Inc.
Master Builders Solutions
MBA Building Supplies
Momentive Performance Materials
Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering
MRI Steel Framing LLC
Naturepedic Organic Mattresses & Bedding
Norbec Architectural Inc./Norbec Systems Inc.
Nova Flex LED
Omnis Panels LLC
Package Pavement – Spec Mix
Parklex Prodema USA, Inc.
PPG Architectural Finishes
Prihoda North America
Quanex IG Systems
QUIKRETE Companies, LLC
RPG Acoustical Systems LLC
Specified Technologies Inc.
Tafisa Canada inc.
The Euclid Chemical Company
The Senator Group
THRACE Nonwovens & Geosynthetics S.A.
Tnemec Company, Inc.
Vermont Natural Coatings
Vescom America Inc.
W. R. MEADOWS
Wearbest Weavers LLC
HPDC continues to grow our membership now with over 360 member organizations. Membership is open to any organization that participates in the industry and supports the goals of transparency and material health practice of the HPDC. See a full list of HPDC Members and Sponsors.
Please Join Us in Welcoming Our Newest Members to HPDC:
- DOMOCHEMICAL SA
- Winndmoeller Inc.
- The Senator Group
- Quanex Building Products
- Green Seal
- SERA Design
- Labeling Sustainability
- Natural Stone Institute
- Thermory USA (Check)
- Global Integrated Flooring Solutions – Affiliate Manufacturer
- RPG Acoustical Systems
- THRACE Nonwovens & Geosynthetics SA
- CornellCookson – Affiliate Manufacturer
- Clarus – Affiliate Manufacturer
- CTS Cement Manufacturing Corporation
- Acme Brick
- IKO Industries- Affiliate Manufacturer
- Optima Products Ltd
- Studio 2030
- York Wallcoverings Inc. – Affiliate Manufacturer
- Omnis Panels LLC – Affiliate Manufacturer
- Skyline Design – Affiliate Manufacturer
- Irene Winkelbauer – Student (The New School)
- Prihoda North America –
- EUROPA PROFIL ALUMINIUM SA – Affiliate Manufacturer
- PROMA Adhesives Inc. – Affiliate Manufacturer
- Integrated Eco Strategy
- Crossfield Products Corp. – General Manufacturer
- Behr Paint – Affiliate Manufacturer
- OneFlor USA
- Olga Barnes – Student (UCLA)