Material Health Practice – The Next Steps In Transparency.
September always brings a surge of fresh energy and excitement. As we start to plan for coming events and the year ahead, it is a time when we naturally reflect on the progress that has been made, and where we are now positioned. What’s becoming clear is that in 2022 we are moving from the primary focus of material health innovation being on how to inventory and screen materials, to how to assess and optimize both the products and our building designs.
Getting to these next steps in advancing material health practice relies upon the extraordinary level of collaboration that we have achieved in this past decade, as a community of material health practitioners. Starting with the early Material Health Harmonization Task Group and its ground-breaking harmonization report in 2015, we have coalesced around the common cause of transparency with this information – to a level that is exceptional for any industry segment. With the support of over 700 manufacturers, transparent, standards-compliant material health reporting is now available for over 40,000 building products. And, it is growing faster than ever – with over 500 new HPDs published just since the launch of Version 2.3 in July.
The complexity of material health data and methods necessitates automation to scale beyond a small number of products and projects. Supporting practitioners with high quality, comprehensive, transparent product-specific information has been the purpose of our work at HPDC since we began in 2012. And now, with the growing adoption of the HPD Open Standard and the new capabilities available in Version 2.3, we are positioned to make the next steps of product and project assessment and optimization much more accessible to manufacturers and project design teams alike.
Together with our ecosystem partners, we will be sharing updates on these new capabilities at Greenbuild. We hope that many of you will be able to attend and be with us at the HPDC Annual Member Meeting – which we will have in person in San Francisco on November 1, for the first time since 2019. Our upcoming Material Health Open Innovation Symposium on November 15 will continue as a virtual event, and is a great opportunity to share your leading edge innovations with our community. This year we are significantly enhancing our virtual platform for the Symposium, offering new participant networking and ecosystem partner capabilities. See more information in the stories below.
Thank you for all you are doing to advance Material Health Practice!
Wendy Vittori, HPDC, Executive Director
Material Health Open Innovation Symposium III: Mark Your Calendar for November 15, 2022, 12-5 PM EST.
This year’s 3rd annual Material Health Symposium: “The Art And Science of Material Health Innovation” – brings together, in one virtual event, all the information you need on the latest material health innovations. Hosted by HPDC, this virtual event is being provided at no cost to attendees.
This is the one event each year solely dedicated to material health practice in the building industry. You won’t want to miss it! You’ll find out about the latest innovations taking place in the field of Material Health, including detailed presentations about the exciting progress made in the past year, leading edge practices, ecosystem progress (mM, C2C, ILFI, USGBC, WELL) and what lies ahead for 2023.
Symposium Event Sponsorship Opportunities – Target Key Players & Promote Your Organization.
HPDC’s Material Health Open Innovation Symposium provides an excellent opportunity to gain recognition with manufacturers, architects, designers, builders, and other key players in the Material Health space during the one event each year solely dedicated to material health practice in the building industry.
Innovation winner slides logo placement, pre-and-post Symposium announcements, even having your own display presence at the symposium through virtual exhibit spaces are available and fit nearly any budget..
To learn more and become an event sponsor, please contact Paula Schaper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022 Material Health Innovation Awards–Submit Your Product or Project Innovation by November 4, 2022.
Building Design Teams and Manufacturers are invited to share their organizations’ breakthrough Material Health innovations with colleagues during the Symposium. Four case study presentations (two from project teams and two from product manufacturers) will be selected to receive the new, Material Health Innovation Presentation award. Selections will be for those case studies that best demonstrate performance and results at the “leading edge” of Material Health innovation. Each of these case studies will be highlighted during the Symposium with a 15-minute presentation by the authors. All submissions that meet the entry requirements will be recognized with the Material Health Innovation Honorable Mention award, and will be included in the Symposium proceedings. All accepted case studies will also be featured in the new “Innovators” section of the HPDC website.
You can view all materials from last year’s symposium here.
The deadline to submit is November 4, 2022, 5 PM Pacific Time.
HPD Builder V2.3 Experiences Rapid Increase In Published HPD Reports.
One of the driving purposes for the continuing evolution and updated versions of the HPD Open Standard and Builder is to make creating and publishing product HPDs easier and more accessible for manufacturers. And the results are already in!
On July 11, 2022 HPDC launched the latest update to its HPD Builder online reporting system, version 2.3. And since the date of release, over 400 new v2.3 HPDs have been published!
The new HPD Version 2.3 emphasizes advances in data quality and consistency, and automation of new data screening options. The July launch also coincided with a key milestone: 10,000+ HPD reports published to date provide data about product materials that make sourcing healthier products in green building easier than ever..
“The collaboration among the manufacturers, architects, nonprofits, and everyone represented on our technical committees made this latest advance in the HPD Open Standard possible,” said Tristan Roberts, Chief Technologist for the HPD Collaborative. “No regulation made us release a new version. It’s living proof that human and environmental health can be advanced through a voluntary, consensus process.”
Open Call for Applicants: HPDC 2023 Board of Directors Nominations.
HPDC has opened its Call for Applicants for its 2023 Board of Directors, with terms commencing on January 1, 2023.
HPDC is a Not-for-Profit Member Organization, charged with the responsibility to oversee and evolve the HPD Open Standard. HPDC’s Board of Directors is the decision-making group responsible for overall leadership of this important, industry-enabling effort to improve the material health of the built environment.
Please note the following deadline for submitting your nomination: 11:59 PM PDT Monday, September 26, 2022.
The HPDC Board has up to 18 elected members. The following seats are open in this election:
- 3 seats in the User category
- 1 seat in the Ecosystem category
- 2 seats in the Manufacturer category:
- One seat is available due to a resignation, and has a two-year remaining term.
- The second seat has a 3-year term. The seats will be randomly assigned to the elected Board members.
- 2 seats in the (new for this year) Community category:
- To align with the HPDC Board’s staggered terms, each seat will be assigned a specific term of office, as follows: 1 seat will be randomly assigned a 1-year term, the second seat will have a 3-year term.
Each applicant must be nominated for consideration by an HPDC General Member representative. The nominating member may be from any membership category. Self-nominations are allowed.
*As noted above: the new Community category seats will have either a 1-year or 3-year term. The manufacturer seats will have either a 2-year or 3-year term.
The election for the 2023 HPDC Board of Directors will be conducted by written ballot from October 10 – October 24, 2022. Results will be made known to Nominees following the close of the election. Announcement of results will be at the HPDC Annual Member Meeting (in person in San Francisco and via Zoom), November 1, 2022.
For further information about the HPDC member organization, please visit the HDPC website (www.hpd-collaborative.org), or contact the HPDC membership director at email@example.com.
Come Visit HPDC At Greenbuild 2022 In Booth 1758.
HPDC will be part of Greenbuild 2022 in San Francisco! We’re so excited for you to stop by our booth #1758 to:
- Get a demo of the HPD Builder Version 2.3 new features.
- Take a look at the new Supplier Quick Start Course.
- Register for the 2022 Material Health Symposium on November 15.
- Say hello to the HPDC team!
The Greenbuild Conference & Expo is where the leaders in green building gather and share the next generation of standards, policies, products and partnerships. This is largest annual event for green building professionals worldwide. It’s where attendees learn and source solutions to improve resilience, sustainability and quality of life in our buildings, cities and communities.
ATTENTION HPDC MEMBERS: Mark your calendars! Annual Member Meeting & Reception, November 1, 2022 During Greenbuild.
The work of the HPDC community is creating the foundation to bring the transformation to healthier materials ever closer. The past year has seen the greatest rate of progress yet – with published HPDs surpassing the 10,000 mark – representing 40,000+ products from over 800 manufacturers, while membership has grown to over 360 organizations!
Each year HPDC members gather together to celebrate (and yes, that includes beer, wine, and delicious appetizers!) the accomplishments that our members, together with the broader community of practice, have made to advance healthier products in our buildings. Register now for the 2022 HPDC Annual Member Meeting & Reception on November 1, 2022 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm Pacific Time during Greenbuild in San Francisco. We are very pleased to announce that HDR will be our host for this year’s Member Meeting & Reception. At the member meeting we will announce the 2023 Board of Directors, share new data about the impact of the HPD Open Standard and enjoy the opportunity to meet and discuss all things HPD with fellow members – along with the yummy food and drinks!
You must be registered to attend this informative and important (and fun) membership event in person. If you are unable to join us in person, please join by Zoom.
Attention Members: Take This Opportunity For Some Great Free Public Relations!
HPDC has an exciting promotional opportunity for our members so that you can showcase your projects and products as a company committed to a healthier, safer built environment!
We are producing a short video to introduce material health and HPDs to manufacturers and project teams new to the HPDC website. We need high quality photos and video footage from our members for use in this video and other promotional uses.
Here are some ideas and suggestions: We’re looking for footage that illustrates the manufacturing design/process/production of healthy building products as well as design teams brainstorming, making building drawings and selecting healthy products for building projects.
Here’s how you benefit:
- We will provide attribution for your contributions in the video and on our HPDC website, letting viewers know that your company supports healthier buildings through material health practice.
- We will be supporting the video with social media awareness, including attributions to those who contribute (and we recommend you do the same in your own social media and other PR networks)
- A copy of the video can be provided to you if you would like to use it for your own promotional or PR purposes
- We will have a special member screening of the video at our upcoming User Advisory and Manufacturer Advisory Panel meetings
- We will feature the video in our Greenbuild booth in San Francisco.
Videos must be in high definition formats. To submit your video for consideration, please contact HPDC Marketing Director Paula Schaper at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline to submit your Material Health photos and videos is today – Friday, September 9 – by EOD. Time is running out, so please send us your submissions right away!
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: email@example.com.
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 96 Manufacturers who’ve published 603 HPDs in V2.3 from June 9 through September 8, 2022.
Above View Inc.
Acme Brick Company
American Fiber Cement Corporation
ARDEX Engineered Cements
Armstrong Flooring, Inc.
Armstrong World Industries
Benjamin Moore & Co.
Blue Ridge Fiberboard
Carpets International Thailand Public Company Limited
ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Cooperativa Ceramica Di Imola
Custom Building Products
Gold Bond Building Products, LLC provided by National Gypsum Company
Golterman & Sabo, Inc
H.B. Fuller Company
Jazeera Factory for Paints Co
Key Resin Company
KRION SOLID SURFACE S.A.U.
Master Builders Solutions
Momentive Performance Materials
Momentum Textiles & Wallcovering
PPG Architectural Finishes
ProForm Finishing Products, LLC provided by National Gypsum Company
Relang International LLC
Shaw Industries, Inc.
Solomon Colors, Inc.
Specified Technologies Inc.
Stego Industries, LLC
Talleres de Escoriaza
Terrazzo and Marble Supply
The Euclid Chemical Company
Vermont Natural Coatings
Vescom America Inc.
Welspun Flooring Limited
Wickham Hardwood Flooring
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:
Above View Inc.
Berkeley Analytical Associates, LLC
Talleres de Escoriaza
Tangible Materials – General Ecosystem
The Rug Company
Novawall Systems, Inc.
Duratherm Window Corporation
ARXX BRASIL S/A
Pokarna Engineered Stone Limited