Transparency in Action: Health Product Declaration Ramping Up
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Life-cycle assessment, environmental product declarations, and corporate social responsibility reporting are a great start. But can we talk about health? This sneak preview of the HPD for the imaginary "TuffStuff X42" should give y... Assa Abloy opens the door The pilot program was initiated at the recommendation of Assa Abloy , a global manufacturer of doors, locks, and security systems. The company volunteered to contribute to the HPD effort by using the draft format to report on some of its products as a means of troubleshooting and improving the first draft, and three more firms–Interfaceflor, Scranton Products and Yolo Colorhouse paints–quickly agreed to help. The Healthy Building Network's newsletter gives details on the HPD pilot: the full list has now grown to 30 firms! Why does BuildingGreen care? Once the HPD is widely adopted, it will make one of our most challenging tasks--evaluating product composition as part of our GreenSpec screening process--much easier. More importantly, we expect that many companies will adopt cleaner formulations once product ingredients and their health hazards are widely known. We're not just innocent bystanders here. The HPD Working Group was convened July 2011 by the Materials Research Collaborative, a joint initiative of Healthy Building Network and BuildingGreen--so we've been involved since the beginning. But we'd be excited even if we weren't involved. The HPD is designed to provide a vital missing piece in the tools available for product transparency, and we haven't seen anything else that does the trick. This tremendous engagement and collaboration between the design and manufacturing communities show that the industry is ready. Click here (PDF) for a sneak preview of the HPD (for a completely made-up product, of course!) .