First Open Standard Format for Reporting Content and Hazards in Building Products Launched

Health Product Declaration collaborative, customer-led membership group will manage standard.

After more than a year of development, green building industry leaders today officially released the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard Version 1, an open standard format for reporting contents and chemical hazards in building products. The announcement was made by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, a new non-profit membership group that will manage the HPD Open Standard. The Collaborative held a press conference on Nov. 11 at the Interface's Greenbuild exhibit, Booth 1413S, South Hall.

The HPD Open Standard is available free to all at Building product manufacturers will use it to provide standardized disclosure of product contents, emissions and health information. The HPD Open Standard streamlines the process for communicating and using this information by defining the critical information that is needed by building designers, specifiers, owners and users to make informed decisions.

The HPD Open Standard Version 1 was developed in a process led by the Health Product Declaration Pilot Project Committee, with the participation of 29 building product manufacturers and 50 expert reviewers from across the building industry. The newly-formed HPD Collaborative will develop, maintain, and evolve the HPD Open Standard to ensure that the format continues to meet the needs of building users (designers, specifiers, building owners and occupants) for reporting building product and material contents and associated health information.

The HPD Collaborative is a non-profit, membership organization, governed by a 15 member volunteer Board of Directors. Meredith Elbaum, formerly the Director of Sustainable Design at Sasaki is the HPD Collaborative’s Interim Executive Director. HPD Collaborative members will participate on committees that revise the HPD over time to better serve the needs of the industry.

Individual memberships are available for $125 with reduced rates for students.