Aiming to standardize the way building product manufacturers report the contents, chemical hazards, emissions, and health effects of their products, the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard Version 1 is now available for public use.

The HPD Open Standard Version 1, which can be downloaded for free at hpdcollaborative.org, is not a new set of reporting documents, but rather a format to be used in existing and future documents to provide consistency in reported information. HPDs, for example, are included in revisions to LEED v4 for use in verifying chemical content in products. It is written to be complementary to lifecycle analysis tools to assist in the development of environmental product declarations. Adoption of the standard is voluntary.

The standard was created by a pilot committee of 29 building product manufacturers and 50 expert reviewers from across the building industry. The format for reporting was tested in pilot form by 30 manufacturers and reviewed by 50 users, and the new open standard format allows the reporting structure to be licensed freely, with the goal of continuing to evolve the standard over time. The standard will be managed by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that is governed by a 15-member volunteer board of directors. The collaborative, which had 46 founding sponsors, is led by interim executive director Meredith Elbaum, former director of sustainable design at Sasaki, and chair Peter Syrett of Perkins+Will. 

“We believe in transparency and that it is essential for people to know what is in building products,” says Syrett. “We also believe that to bring about transparency, it should be easy for manufacturers to tell the story of their materials in a forthright, clear, and standardized format. This is the value of the Health Product Declaration as a tool.”

The collaborative will hold a press conference to discuss HPD Open Standard Version 1 during the Greenbuild Conference and Expo, at 4 p.m. on Nov. 14, at Interface’s exhibit booth in the South Hall (1413S). The standard, along with the full list of founding sponsors, the board of directors, pilot program participants, and pilot committee members is in the full press release, online here