Thank you for a productive – and impactful – 2018
The progress that our community of transparency and material health practice has made in 2018 is phenomenal. Thank you for your commitment and support of all the programs and initiatives that make up our diverse ecosystem of participants – now over 250 member organizations. One small measure of our success together is the number of new HPD reports published in 2018 – over 900 – bringing the HPD Public Repository to 4300 published HPD reports as we end the year. Automated interfaces are being implemented by HPDC and harmonization partners to share this information among supply chain, certification and library programs.
Thanks to your many contributions, we are well on our way to creating the free-flowing, virtual information system for product content and health information that we envisioned at the outset of the HPD Open Standard initiative in 2012. These accomplishments are the foundation that are making practicing transparency and material health easier, less costly and more effective for everyone.
Sharing our wishes with you for the holiday season and a very Happy New Year in 2019!
HPDC and USGBC Announce Strategic Partnership – Taking Transparency and Material Health Practice to the Next Level
HPDC Executive Director, Wendy Vittori, announced a strengthened strategic partnership with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) at the 2018 Greenbuild conference. Speaking from the main stage at Tuesday’s International Summit Closing Plenary, Ms. Vittori outlined four key initiatives in which HPDC and USGBC will partner to more rapidly advance the growth of the transparency and material health ecosystem: open standards, information technology, education and credentialing, communications and support. USGBC has supported the HPD Open Standard since its inception, through its inclusion in the LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit language.
This expanded partnership will help bring the work of HPDC members, and the entire material health ecosystem to a broader and more global community of practice. According to Melissa Baker, USGBC’s Senior Vice President for Technical Core, “Market demand for transparency and healthier products in all aspects of our lives is greater than ever. Nowhere is the impact felt more than in the building industry. Building on several years of work toward open, transparent information on building products and materials, the collaboration with HPDC will accelerate our industry’s progress to bring more transparency and material health to the global building industry.” Expected next steps in specific programs will be announced in Q1.
HPD Version 2.1.1– Now Live– Full Implementation Completed
HPD Open Standard Version 2.1.1 is now fully implemented. The Effective Date for this updated version of the Standard is December 17, 2018. What this means is that all newly-published HPDs are now compliant with this updated version.
Key features of Version 2.1.1:
- Special Conditions – HPDC has issued reporting specifications for four Special Conditions: Biological Materials, Geological Materials, Mixed Recycled Content, and Electronics. Version 2.1.1 supports the reporting of these Special Conditions in compliance with Emerging Best Practices guidance.
- Harmonized Method for Hazard Screening – HPDC, together with Clean Production Action (GreenScreen ®), Healthy Building Network, and Toxnot) have developed this harmonized method to ensure consistency in hazard screening results in HPD reports. New features include hazard screening source identification for each substance.
- HPD Builder improvements – these include a new User Interface and enhanced data structures to support automated data exchange with harmonization partners.
HPD Builder Users will be able to automatically upgrade existing records in the 2.1 format to the 2.1.1 specification. For any questions about HPD Open Standard versions or the HPD Builder tool, visit the HPDC Online Support Portal or send us your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supplier HPD – Pilot Will Begin in January – Version 2.2 Implementation Planned for Q2 2019
HPDC has been working with our development partner, Makersite GmbH, to implement an extension to HPD Builder capabilities to support the Supplier HPD, a key new feature of the HPD Open Standard with the Version 2.2 update. The Supplier HPD is a proper subset of HPD Open Standard data elements, tailored to the reporting needs of an ingredient supplier (vs. the end product manufacturer). This new capability will enable manufacturers to communicate directly with their suppliers, using the HPD Builder, to request them to enter data about their ingredients. Suppliers will be now be able to create their own private account and enter their data in response to a manufacturer’s RFI. The Supplier HPD online system will provide all the guidance, data format and completeness checking for supplier information that manufacturers receive in the HPD Builder. This new, automated data entry capability will help reduce effort and improve data quality throughout the entire supply chain.
We will be providing a webinar and other materials about the Supplier HPD early in Q1. If you are interested in participating in the Pilot of the Supplier HPD, please contact John Geyer, HPDC Program Director – email@example.com.
HPDC 2019 Board of Directors
The 2019 Board candidate slate nominated by the Board’s Nominating Working Group was ratified in the Board Election conducted in October.
We welcome two new members to the Board:
- Josée Lupien – Ecosystem Category Member. Josée is President and Co-founder of Vertima, a consultancy, based in Montreal and Quebec City, Canada, providing a range of services to the green building industry. Josée has served on HPDC’s Third-Party Programs Technical Sub-Group for the past three years, and Vertima is an HPDC Approved Third Party Verifier.
- Lona Rerick – User Category Member. Lona is an Associate Principal at ZGF Architects in Portland, Oregon. Lona has been a member of the HPDC Technical Committee for the past three years, and serves in a number of volunteer roles supporting transparency and material health, notably as the 2018 Chair of the AIA Materials Knowledge Working Group.
And, recognize the outstanding service and contributions of two departing Board members:
- Alison Mears – User Category Member. Alison joined the HPDC Board in 2016, representing Parsons School of Design, where she is Director of the Healthy Materials Lab, and Co-Principal Investigator of the Healthy Affordable Materials Project (HAMP), in which HPDC is also a partner organization.
- Bill Walsh – Ecosystem Category Member. Bill is a Founding Board Member of HPDC, and is the Founder and President of the Healthy Building Network (HBN). As many will know, the HPD Open Standard initiative was conceived through the work of HBN, recognizing the importance of an open ecosystem, standards-based, collaborative innovation process to drive the development of transparency and material health practice in the building industry.
Congratulations and Thank You to our HPDC 2019 Board of Directors
(*denotes those elected in 2018) (term).
- John Amatruda, Vidaris* (reelected) (2021)
- Heather Henriksen, Harvard* (reelected) (2021)
- Lona Rerick, ZGF* (new member) (2021)
- Suzanne Drake, Perkins+Will (2020)
- Rand Ekman, HKS (2019)
- Susan Kaplan, HLW International (2020)
- Jean Hansen, HDR, Board Secretary (2019)
- Amanda Kaminsky, Board Chair, Building Product Ecosystems (2019)
- Anthony Ravitz, Google (2020)
- Jane Abernethy, Humanscale* (2021)
- Tim Cole, Board Treasurer, nora systems (2020)
- Jennifer Wagner, CarbonCure (2019)
- Josée Lupien, Vertima* (2021)
- Gail Vittori, Board Vice-Chair, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems* (2020)
- Meg Whittaker, ToxServices LLC (2019)
Member Corner: Highlighting Transparency and Material Health in Action
Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) announced its latest initiative to encourage the use of safer chemicals in flooring in health care facilities. Rachel Gibson and Tracey Easthope from Health Care Without Harm, and Mary Larsen of Advocate Aurora Health presented the Healthy Flooring criteria at the GreenBuild 2018 Cocktail Reception hosted by HDR Architecture in Chicago. Healthy Flooring Initiative provides guidance for manufacturers wishing to meet Health Care Without Harm’s Healthy Flooring criteria. The criteria apply to all flooring except carpet, fluid applied floors, and concrete. The criteria do not apply to floor leveling compounds or underlayment. HPDs provide the transparency reporting document for the program.
For more information on the Healthy Flooring Initiative, please visit the HCWH website.
Do you have a great story about your work in transparency and material health? Share your story in the Member Corner – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Manufacturers Publishing HPDs in November and December
(to access published HPDs, visit the HPD Public Repository).
HPD version 2.1.1
Aristech Surfaces, LLC
Dryvit Systems, Inc.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
Sossego Design LLC
Suzhou Tuntex Fiber and Carpet CO., Ltd.
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Benjamin Moore & Co.
Caramica Catalano Spa
Carpets International Thailand Public Company Limited
Copper Development Association
Custom Building Products
Forbo Flooring Systems
FOSHAN FASA BUILDING MATERIAL CO., LTD
Garden On The Wall
H.B. Fuller Company
Industrie Ceramiche Piemme S.p.A.
Leonhardt Environmental, P.C.
LG Hausys America, Inc.
National Gypsum Company
nora systems, inc.
Shannon Specialty Floors, Inc.
Sossego Design LLC
Specified Technologies Inc.
Summit International Flooring
Suzhou Tuntex Fiber and Carpet Co., Ltd.
Tnemec Company, Inc.
Our Newest Members
Welcome to the newest members of HPDC!
Copper Development Association
For the full list of HPDC members – now over 250 organizations – click here
Happy Holidays, We’ll See You in 2019!
HPD Collaborative is a not-for-profit member organization responsible for the maintenance and evolution of the HPD Open Standard. 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.