FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2019
Health Product Declaration Collaborative
HPD Collaborative and USGBC Introduce New Material Health Resources for the Building Industry
Advancing Educational and Information Technology Capabilities for LEED v4.1 Material Ingredients Credit
Wakefield, MA, December 17, 2019 / CSRwire – Building on their strategic partnership announced in 2018, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and HPD Collaborative (HPDC) are announcing new capabilities for advancing and scaling the practice of transparent material health in the building industry. These new capabilities improve education and information tools to make product transparency more meaningful and transformative – enabling project teams and manufacturers to earn LEED v4.1 material transparency and optimization credits with ease.
“Manufacturers are now providing transparency reports covering over 20,000 products, which are readily available to architecture and design teams with web-based, public libraries. And, manufacturers are expanding the number of disclosed products on almost a daily basis. The new tools we are announcing make it even easier for architects and designers to use the Material Ingredients credit in LEED v4.1 to recognize their healthier product selection efforts,” commented Wendy Vittori, Executive Director of HPDC.
Resources from all Material Ingredients credit partners (BIFMA, Clean Production Action, Cradle to Cradle, ILFI, UL, Global GreenTag, and more) are all included in the new resource. A project team can now find in one convenient web location the how-to resources they need to obtain the LEED Material Ingredients credit for all programs that participate in the credit. Newly announced capabilities include:
- Educational offerings that make achieving the LEED v4.1 Material Ingredients credit simple and efficient. Whether you’re an expert looking to dive deep, or a new team member simply trying to find compliant products, the Material Health Education Roadmap will point you to the resources you need.
- Educational “badges” that enable project team members to earn an industry-recognized credential in Material Health competency.
- Documentation integration between the HPD Public Repository and LEED Online simplifying project team workflow, available in early 2020.
“Significant progress has been made in simplifying the use of the Material Ingredients LEED credit,” said Wes Sullens, Director, LEED, USGBC. “The streamlining of the Material Ingredients credit language introduced in LEED v4.1 has resulted in a much greater level of utilization of this credit. We are also introducing other resources, such as the Better Materials initiative, which is focused on making Material Resources credits very attainable for every LEED project.”
To access the new educational offerings, visit: https://www.hpd-collaborative.org/leed-material-ingredients-credit. Free support resources are available at: https://hpdc.freshdesk.com/support/home.
HPDC is a not-for-profit, member association with over 290 organizational members, representing the full spectrum of the building industry: architects, designers, building owners, manufacturers, consultants, tool developers, and others who all share a common purpose to improve the transparency of information and the material health of the built environment. The HPD Open Standard has become widely adopted as the industry standard for reporting on building product contents and associated health information, since its launch in 2012, with over 5,400 HPD reports publicly available. HPDC members champion the continuous improvement of the building industry’s performance through transparency, openness and innovation in the practices of reporting, disclosure, specification and selection of building products. For more information, visit hpd-collaborative.org.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, an international network of local community leaders, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.