What is an HPD?


Introduction


What is an HPD? An HPD is a tool used to disclose health-related product information to specifiers.


The HPD is an open standard updated to incorporate the latest scientific information into the list of known hazards that may be listed in an HPD.


The HPD Open Standard is a standard for reporting product content and health information.

HPDs are created by HPD preparers and are used to disclose information about the product's contents and associated health information. An HPD can be downloaded or embedded in documents like an SDS or MSDS. The Open Standard also provides a framework for using a structured format for listing hazard information. In addition, the HPD Open Standard allows for flexibility in how this information is presented and can be used as a tool to help companies develop their HPDs that meet their unique needs.


Using the HPD Builder, manufacturers create an HPD that reports the product's constituents (materials, additives, etc.) and associated health hazards.

  • The HPD Builder is a tool that makes it easy to create an HPD.

  • The HPD Builder is available for free.


Manufacturers can create their own HPDs, or they can contract Labeling Sustainability to help them. Labeling Sustainability is an approved HPD preparer.

To be certified as an approved HPD preparer, LSI must meet the following criteria:


  • Must have experience in preparing and reviewing material content declarations (MCDs) for paint products that are not regulated by VOC limits (i.e., not for use in high-VOC applications like construction or wood finishes).

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship practices through its business operations, including but not limited to employee engagement programs; waste management practices; greenhouse gas reduction strategies; energy conservation efforts; recycling initiatives; pollution prevention programs, and/or other related activities/projects which promote positive environmental change at a local level within the community where they operate their business(es).


The data on the HPD provides a consistent, reliable language that specifiers can use to evaluate products based on manufacturer-supplied information.

Various organizations use the HPD, including specifiers and purchasers, manufacturers, and LEED v4.1 projects. For example, manufacturers use this data when providing product information to their customers to understand better how their products can help solve problems in homes or buildings.


Conclusion


The HPD is an essential tool for the construction industry. It provides a consistent, reliable language that specifiers can use to evaluate products based on manufacturer-supplied information. This standardized system reduces confusion and makes it easier for purchasers to make informed decisions about their projects.



Presented by

Denice Viktoria Staaf

LEED AP BD+C, Fitwel Ambassador, EPD & HPD Approved Preparer

ESG Consultant and Circularity Expert

E: dstaaf@labelingsustainability.com



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