The Health Product Declaration (HPD) was developed as part of the evolving demand for transparency in the architectural and green building sectors. The HPD is evolving as well, though it’s taking a little longer than initially planned.

The tool was officially introduced at Greenbuild 2012 after two years of development. The release of HPD version 2 was originally set for mid-fall this year, just in time for Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans. However, the public launch date was moved back and is now yet to be determined.

HPD Collaborative announced last week that the HDP version 2 beta launch for its Manufacturers Advisory Panel will be February 1, 2015, but the organization says no hard date is set for the public launch, “as we are making time for multiple beta review cycles if needed.”

Annie Bevan of GreenCircle, which provides a verification service for the accuracy of their HPDs, recently told that at there is a sense in the HPD community that many manufacturers are holding off from publishing HPDs until the new version comes out. This is so more glass industry-related companies could be on the horizon with HPDs once the new version is made public.

HPD Collaborative hit on that point in a recent press release.

“Due to the many improvements anticipated for HPD version 2, some manufacturers are working toward publishing their first HPDs in version 2 rather than completing version 1 HPDs,” the release reads. “… The HPD Collaborative applauds leading manufacturers that have produced version 1 HPDs and those in the Manufacturers Advisory Panel working to evolve the HPD through version 2. We also support the decision of manufacturers who have been planning on the anticipated version 2 launch to publish their first HPDs.”

Among the changes to the new version are “features in the online system designed to facilitate flow of information through the supply chain and significant changes to the methodology of reporting,” according to the collaborative. “These changes will improve the standard for consumers and manufacturers alike, and aid manufacturers in the significant effort of procuring content disclosure from their suppliers.”

Among many others in the building industry, architectural glass companies such as View, Viracon, Guardian Industries and SAFTIFIRST have adopted HPD practices as a result of an increase in demand from designers.

According to HPD Collaborative, the HPD is “an impartial tool for the accurate reporting of product contents and each ingredient’s relationship to the bigger picture of human and ecological health . . . The HPD objectively defines the critical information needed to support accurate supply chain disclosure by manufacturers and suppliers, and informed decisions by building designers, specifiers, owners, and users.”

More information about HPDs can be found at HPD Collaborative’s website.

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