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Why Chemical Transparency Matters

You can’t manage what you don’t measure—especially if you don’t know it exists in the first place.

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What’s an HPD? Health Product Declaration FAQs

We answer frequently asked questions on HPDs, which allow manufacturers to disclose product ingredients and hazards.

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Five Ways Project Teams Are Using HPDs

An architect, a specifier, and a building owner walk into a bar. Then they talk about how ingredient transparency informs their work.

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Different Tools for Different Jobs: How HPDs Fit In

Why do we need Health Product Declarations when we have safety data sheets, Cradle to Cradle, Declare, and other frameworks?

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Dances with Hazards: How Real Experts Pull Human Health into Design

John and Catherine prove that designers can work successfully with HPDs, especially if they have a toxicology consultant to support their multi-faceted selection process.

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Will HPDs Get You Sued? Sage Advice to Keep You Out of Hot Water

Experts say HPDs probably won’t add professional liability, but do you know the do’s and don’ts for avoiding a suit in the first place?

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In Search of High-Quality Hazard Data: HPDs Have Promise, but Most Aren’t Helpful Yet

HPD version 1.0’s promise of greater material transparency didn’t always deliver, but version 2.0 should provide accurate reporting.

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How Google Uses HPDs to Choose Building Products

The Portico program turns chemical disclosure into a powerful decision-making tool.

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HPD Quick-Start Guide: 5 Easy Steps

Get what you need from any HPD, fast.

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Product News & Reviews

BuildingGreen Announces Top 10 Products for 2016

These transformative products replace greenhouse gases, save water, and change how we view HVAC equipment.

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At David Edward, Material Transparency Is a Given

Tracking materials is standard practice at David Edward, giving the company an edge in a market where transparency is a priority.

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Green Building News

USGBC, Chemical Industry Reach Historic Compromise on Product Optimization

Option 3 of the LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit rewards manufacturers for chemical management up the supply chain.

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Free Database Can Guide Early Design Decisions on Carbon, Health

The Quartz Project opens up Pharos and GaBi intelligence to the public, combining the formats of HPDs and EPDs into one tool.

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Green Building to Create 3 Million Jobs by 2018, Says USGBC

A new report estimates the economic impact of LEED and green construction to date and predicts a trajectory of growth.

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Source Energy Is Federally Endorsed Metric for Net-Zero Buildings

The DOE releases a definition of zero energy buildings that it hopes will be adopted industry-wide.

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Jason McLennan Steps Down as Living Future CEO

McLennan will focus on his own practice after a decade as head of the International Living Future Institute.

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From the Editors

Fitting It In: HPDs in the Context of Company-Wide Environmental Management

Material transparency can work best as part of existing standards manufacturers already follow.

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