Freeman Addresses Product Transparency Declarations during the AAMA Summer ConferenceJune 9th, 2014 by DWM Magazine
William Freeman, technical consultant to the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), discussed the institute’s alternative to Health Product Declarations (HPDs), during the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Summer Conference held June 1-4, in Indianapolis. Freeman explained why RFCI created Product Transparency Declarations (PTDs) and how they differ from HPDs.
“An increased number of architects are demanding transparency,” says Freeman, adding that architects wish to know the ingredients contained in a building material.
HPDs were introduced in November 2012 and focus on ingredients as pure chemicals, as well as hazard lists, but without consideration for exposure or risk, according to AAMA.
“HPDs are so complex that manufacturers are hiring third-party firms to complete them,” says Freeman. “PTDs use a much less complicated reporting method.”
PTDs provide transparency based on exposure and risk rather than hazard, while also providing labeling and warning requirements, according to Freeman. While HPDs focus on raw materials in a product, PTDs focus on a finished product delivered to a job site.
Additionally, Freeman said that HPDs require the percentage of each ingredient in a material be disclosed, including an indication of whether any of those percentages vary over time. PTDs do not require reporting of percentages of each product ingredient.
Another way PTDs are simpler is that the PTD uses six authoritative hazard lists, said Freeman, while HPDs use 30.
RFCI is pursuing both ANSI and LEED® recognition for the HPD alternative, according to Freeman.