Transparency Practice is Off to a Running Start in 2019!
2019 has jumped out of the gate with a surge of activity that signals this year will be a real breakthrough in advancing building product disclosure and optimization.
Your efforts are making the difference!
LEED v4.1 Beta is Open for Project Registration
With Improved Material Disclosure & Optimization Options
USGBC has moved rapidly to make the LEED v4.1 Beta available for project teams, announcing on January 22 that it’s open to register projects. This will enable you to use the improved Material Disclosure and Optimization credit – and the other improvements being introduced in LEED v4.1.
For additional details on the LEED v4.1 specification, and a link to register your LEED v4.1 project, read New LEED version 4.1 Boosts Transparency by HPDC’s Tristan Roberts.
- Option 1: Incentive for using Verified HPDs – worth 1.5 products
- Option 2: More opportunities to use HPDs to support product optimization
Need to Create a Lunch and Learn Session?
HPDC can Help
One of the most frequent requests we have been receiving is for modular content to support the development of in-house and customer training. We have taken the content from our “Empowered Design Professional” course and are now providing it to you in both video and PowerPoint modules. Using this professionally designed content you can create your own Lunch-and-Learn sessions that are as short and to the point as needed for your audience. These modules are included in your benefits as an HPDC member, and available to others for a small charge. Click here to find out more, download your modules and get started on your 2019 training now.
Pilot Fully Subscribed – Contact Us for Early Access
Planning for the Pilot of the Supplier HPD is well underway, as the development of the Supplier HPD extension to the HPD Builder is nearing completion. We have six manufacturers signed up for the Pilot in Q1, and are interested to identify manufacturers who are interested in participating in the Early Access program, where we will bring on an additional cohort to more fully test the system prior to going live in Q2. If you are interested in the Early Access program, please contact John Geyer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Supplier HPD: 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—use-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. The Supplier HPD will be implemented as part of v2.2 of the HPD Open Standard in Q2 2019.
HPDC Member Corner
Highlighting Transparency and Material Health in Action
On January 17, Arlene Blum, Founder and Executive Director of Green Science Policy Institute, announced a significant advance in building codes for insulation. As a partner with GSP in the Healthy Affordable Materials Project, we celebrate their success!
“We are celebrating a huge victory! Yesterday the California State Building Commission ruled unanimously that California can safely update its codes to allow the choice of polystyrene building insulation without flame retardants below a concrete slab.Building insulation–where there is no fire safety benefit–is one of the largest uses of toxic flame retardants. After many years of our scientific research and policy work towards healthier buildings, our Institute applauds this very positive first step. Big thanks to Green Science Policy staff who have led this work: Veena Singla, Avery Lindeman, Swati Rayasam, and Joe Charbonnet.
This hard-won success is an auspicious beginning for 2019 and our Institute wishes you a very happy and healthy New Year. 2018 was a big year for us between our Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Big Ideas, and my being inducted into the California Hall of Fame. (The induction ceremony video is here).
To learn more about reducing chemical harm, register here for our February 15 Flame Retardant Dilemma and Beyond Symposium at UC Berkeley. You will be inspired by speakers such as Robert Bilott, a lawyer who represents communities with PFAS-contaminated drinking water. His story will be documented in a major feature film with Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, and Tim Robbins.”
Do you have a great story about your work in transparency and material health? Share your story in the Member Corner – contact us at email@example.com.
Manufacturers Publishing HPDs in January
(to access published HPDs, visit the HPD Public Repository).
Our Newest Members
Welcome to the newest members of HPDC!
For the full list of HPDC members – now over 250 organizations – click here
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.