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What a year 2020 is turning out to be! We wish everyone the best of health and safety as we all continue on this quite exceptional journey as a community of practice.

Amidst the confusion, 2020 has become a record year for our Open Innovation Material Health Ecosystem. We are seeing an all-time high rate of publishing of HPDs – which have broken through the 7,000 published HPDs milestone.  This is a remarkable level of voluntary participation by 500+ manufacturers, representing over 20,000 building-related products in almost every category. And, over 1,000 building design projects have now indicated that they are utilizing the Material Ingredients credit in LEED v4.1.

I encourage you to read through this newsletter, where you will find more advances in tools, methods and also the project and product results that our members are creating to move the practice of material health forward at an increased rate and pace of change.

To mark a decade of progress since the inception of the HPD concept and initiative in 2010, HPDC is delighted to offer, in collaboration with USGBC, a new event: Material Health Open Innovation Symposium, on November 17, 2020. As you will see in the description below, this is the first event dedicated to the practice of material health. We will be highlighting the leading edge of practice and the outlook from key material health programs for the next five years – the steps needed to make material health practice the norm in our industry by 2025!

Wendy Vittori, HPDC, Executive Director

Material Health Open Innovation Symposium: The Art And Science of Material Health Innovation – November 17, 2020.

HPDC, in collaboration with USGBC will host the first Material Health Open Innovation Symposium on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from noon to 5 pm EST. This Virtual Zoom event is free to members and $25 for non-members.
Participants will learn about the changes taking place in the field of Material Health from researchers, educators, manufacturers, architects, designers and ecosystem partners. You’ll hear from people on the leading edge of the building industry’s transformation who are improving performance through transparency, openness and innovation in the practice areas of reporting, disclosure, specification and selection of building products.
Session 1: Innovation in The Field of Material Health
12:00 to 1:00 pm
Session 2: Manufacturer Innovation and Best Practices
1:00 to 2:00 pm
Session 3: Project Team Innovation and Best Practices
2:00 to 3:00 pm
Session 4: The Future of Material Health Innovation
3:00 to 4:30 pm
Roundtable Discussion
4:30 to 5:00 pm

Submit Your Presentation For The Material Health Open Innovation Symposium: Sessions 2 & 3. Deadline to Submit is October 30, 2020.

HPDC member Building Design Teams and Manufacturers are invited to submit your presentation for the Innovation and Best Practices Sessions during the Material Health Open Innovation Symposium for Sessions 2 and 3. Each presentation selected will demonstrate performance and results at the “leading edge” of actual practice – based on actual projects and product accomplishments. Presenters may be individuals or project teams. Each presentation will be 15 minutes in length. The deadline to submit is October 30, 2020.
Pictured above are HPDC members at the 2019 Annual Member Meeting at HKS in Atlanta, GA.

HPDC Annual Member Meeting Will Be Held Virtually on Nov. 17, 2020.

Mark your calendars for the 2020 HPDC Annual Member Meeting & Reception on November 17, 2020 from 5 to 6:15 pm following the inaugural Material Health Open Innovation Symposium. This year’s event will be held virtually via Zoom.
At the member meeting, meet our new 2021 Board of Directors and hear about our progress in 2020 including new features in the HPD Builder 2.2 and the Supplier HPD, and a new strategic partnership with CSI which produced our first collaboration—the integration of the CROSSWALK API in the HPD Builder v2.2. Most important, enjoy camaraderie with fellow members during the reception.

Call for HPDC 2021 Board of Directors Nominations.

The Health Product Declaration Collaborative (HPDC) is now seeking nominees for its 2021 Board of Directors, with terms commencing on January 1, 2021. Members of the HPDC Board of Directors will be part of the decision-making group responsible for overall leadership of this important, industry-enabling effort.
The HPDC Board has 18 elected members. The following seats are open in this election:
  • 3 seats in the user category
  • 1 seat in the ecosystem category
  • 1 seat in the manufacturer category
  • 3 seats in a new community category

New HPDC Community Member Category.

The HPDC Board of Directors recently approved the creation of a new category of Membership within HPDC: Community. The Community member category includes organizations that represent residents, workers and/or community members who are actively engaged in advancing human and environmental health benefits associated with buildings and/or surrounding communities, and for whom HPDs can provide transparent material health information useful to improve human and environmental health outcomes. In the 2020 HPDC Election for the Board of Directors, three new Community members open seats have been added with staggered terms on the HPDC Board.
The deadline to submit nominations for the HPDC Board has been extended to 5 PM PDT Friday, October 16, 2020.

Introducing GreenScreen™ Certified Standard for Furniture & Fabrics.

On October 1, Clean Production Action released the GreenScreen Certified™ Standard for Furniture & Fabrics to meet growing demands for certified environmentally preferable products in healthcare and beyond. Products covered by the new GreenScreen Certified Standard include desk systems, seating, accessories, case work, upholstery fabric, window treatments, and wall coverings.
Furniture and fabric companies can utilize the Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Open Standard to report chemical ingredients in compliance with the new GreenScreen Certified Standard. “We are excited to partner with Clean Production Action in integrating HPDs into GreenScreen Certified and communicating the criteria HPDs must meet to conform with the new Standard for Furniture & Fabrics,” said Wendy Vittori, Executive Director of the HPD Collaborative.
According to Jennifer MacDaniel, Principal Interior Designer at Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest non-profit healthcare organizations in the U.S., “This new certification aligns with our EPP Furniture & Fabrics Standard, and provides suppliers with a certified pathway to demonstrate third party compliance with our requirements.”

Free Webinar: October 28, 2020 @ 2:00-3:00pm EDT.

Join Clean Production Action, Kaiser Permanente, Maharam, and Vizient in a webinar on the new GreenScreen Certified Standard for Furniture & Fabrics on Wednesday, October 28.

Perkins and Will Creates A Healthy “Home-Away-From-Home” For Cancer Patients.

When planning began for the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Hope Lodge cancer treatment in Dallas-Ft. Worth area in 2014, Material Health and Transparency wasn’t yet a buzz word. However, the sensitive health needs of occupants of the Hope Lodge Dallas project became the impetus for Perkins and Will and the American Cancer Society to make huge strides in achieving Material Health and Transparency goals in the design and construction of this cancer recovery facility.
The Gene and Jerry Jones Family Hope Lodge was designed to meet the highest standards of material health set by WELL and LEED. To meet these standards, the team selected as many products with transparency documentation as possible so that substances of concern could be identified and eliminated. The preferred transparency tool for manufacturers to disclose material health was the HPD report, which contains the most comprehensive product data to compare substances of concern against the Perkins and Will Precautionary List, the requirements of the WELL Building Standard, and LEED Materials and Resources credits.
While some projects merely ask for transparency, the project team reviewed, assessed and eliminated products with substances of concern, resulting in the scrutiny of 82 building materials. As a result of this project, Perkins and Will established a new material health strategy and process that will allow them to implement healthy materials on all projects moving forward.

The Value and Importance of Third-Party Verified HPDs.
Free webinar on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST.

High-performance building projects – such as those of Google, Microsoft, and Facebook – are increasingly using HPDs and other transparency documents as sources of vital information to meet internal standards and green building requirements. Join GreenCircle Certified and HPDC for a free webinar on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST to learn about the benefits of third-party verification for your HPD, and how supplier HPDs make the development and verification process simpler.

GreenCircle’s Tad Radzinski and HPDC’s John Geyer, will be joined by a panel of sustainability experts who will be discussing the benefits of third-party verified HPDs and how supplier HPDs will make the development and verification process simpler. The panel includes Annmarie Ott and Elyse Inglese from Saint-Gobain, and Diana Smiciklas from Perkins and Will.

EUHPD: Toward A European Open Standard For Construction Products. Learn More: October 14, 2020.

With chemical content of products set to take center stage in the Circular Economy Action Plan and the upcoming Chemicals Sustainability Strategy, European policymakers are increasingly calling on industry to find solutions and digital tools to realize the vision of a toxic free environment. Join a free virtual roundtable being held live in Paris on October 14, 2020 at 9:00 AM EDT to learn more about the work of our European Transparency partners, the EUHPD, and how the European Open Standard is communicating product content and associated hazard for health and the environment.


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Sustainable Minds Announces Transparency Catalog v3.0.

Now with all Declare® labels AND all HPDs and environmental product declarations (EPD) for building products in North America, with even more powerful MasterFormat® filtering.
Sustainable Minds’ new Transparency Catalog v3.0 makes it super easy to find and specify greener and healthier products and reward manufacturers for developing these building products. The catalogue
With 1,500+ brands, across 25 CSI MasterFormat divisions and 800 sections, Transparency Catalog v3.0 provides deeper and more useful integration of partner data plus new tools that make it even easier for architects, engineers, construction professionals, owners and building product manufacturers to work the way you want, to get the best results – fast.


The HPD Public Repository is the authoritative resource for all published HPDs. Visit the Repository to access over 7,100 published HPDs, representing over 20,000 building products, from 500+ manufacturers –

Thanks to the following Manufacturers who’ve published 676 HPDs in V2.2 in July – September 2020:

Activar Construction Products Group
Altro Ltd
Alumil S.A.
American Hydrotech, Inc.
ARDEX Engineered Cements
Arktura LLC
Armstrong Flooring, Inc.
Armstrong World Industries
Autex Industries Ltd
Benjamin Moore & Co.
Blue Ridge Fiberboard
carnegie fabrics
Carpets International Thailand Public Company Limited
CEMEX Mexico
Crossville Inc.
Custom Building Products
Dal-Tile Corporation
DFB Sales
Dixie Group Commercial
Elkay Manufacturing Company
Emirates Steel Industries Co. PJSC (Emirates Steel)
Evonik Corporation
Exxonmobil Chemical Company
FabriTRAK Systems, inc.
Fibo AS
Goldray Glass
Grignard Company LLC
H.B. Fuller Company
Hotchkiss Ltd
J. Josephson, Inc.
Jandris Block
Kährs Oy
Key Resin Company
Knauf Insulation, Inc.
KONE Corporation
Kvadrat A/S
LATICRETE International
LDI Interiors
Luna Textiles
mafi Naturholzboden
Master Builders Solutions
Mermet Corporation
Metroflor Corporation
Monopole, Inc.
Object Carpet
Owens Corning
PABCO Gypsum
Package Pavement – Spec Mix
Pallas Textiles
Panolam Industries International Inc
Polyguard Products
Prysmian Group
Rollease Acmeda
Roppe Corporation
Saint Gobain
SCAFCO Steel Stud Company
Spinneybeck | FilzFelt
Stego Industries, LLC
Stego Technology, LLC
Stora Enso
Sustainable Solutions Corporation
Tate Access Floors, Inc.
Technistone, a. s.
Terratinta Group
The Euclid Chemical Company
Unika Vaev
US Rubber
Valdese Weavers
Vescom America Inc.
West Coast Industries.

HPDC continues to grow our membership now with over 300 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:

  • Pair LLC
  • Wilsonart LLC
  • Dex-O-Tex by Crossfield Products Corp. 
  • Gerflor
  • Pyroguard UK Ltd
  • LDI Solutions
  • Niles Building Products Co.
  • Granorte
  • Community Design
  • Richlite
  • Goldray Glass
  • Jaeyoung Chemical Co.,Ltd.
  • Helmitin Inc
  • FreeAxez LLC
  • Vallelunga & Co srl 
  • Peker Yüzey Tasarımları Ticaret ve Sanayi A.Ş.
  • Panduit Corp
Learn more about HPDC membership. For the full list of HPDC members – now over 300 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.

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