HDR Reinforces Commitment to Health Product Declaration Open Standard

(July 8, 2013) - HDR Architecture, Inc. has reinforced its endorsement of the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard by formally asking manufacturers to document and disclose building product content. In a letter dated June 17, 2013, HDR outlines a series of requirements expected of manufacturers whose products it specifies so that the industry can move forward toward healthier and safer environments.

"The information we are asking manufacturers to provide will allow HDR's staff and clients to make more informed decisions," said Jean Hansen, sustainable interiors manager for HDR and a HPD pilot project committee member.  "This decision also reinforces HDR's long-standing commitment to raise awareness of optimized chemical profiles, greener chemistry, as well as to support companies committed to continuous improvement in these areas."

HDR is requesting manufacturers provide product information using one of the following tools:

  1. Healthy Building Network's Pharos Project, a tool that allows the user to evaluate and compare a product's material content, VOCs, health hazards and more, with alternatives in the market.
  2. The Health Product Declaration, the new industry initiative and standard format for disclosing product content, emissions and the associated health information.
  3. Cradle to Cradle Certified (C2C) product registry, the multi-attribute, continuous improvement methodology that evaluates products across five categories of human and environmental health.
  4. Environmental Product Declaration (EPD), a protocol that facilitates the consistent development and reporting of flows of energy, carbon, water and other pollutants from product Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) and characterizes related environmental impacts.

In the letter, HDR states that manufacturers that have submitted appropriate information to HDR's design offices by January 1, 2014, will be allowed to both present their products to staff informally or at lunch and learns. Additionally, manufacturers who provide product transparency and health information by January 1, 2015, will be given preferred status for use in specifications.

"Our goal is to integrate the comprehensive health and environmental product information provided by complete HPDs and EPDs into our daily practice," Hansen noted. "We believe that we can work together with manufacturers to build a world that will provide opportunities of beauty and wellness for everyone in the built environment."