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You can’t manage what you don’t measure—especially if you don’t know it exists in the first place.
We answer frequently asked questions on HPDs, which allow manufacturers to disclose product ingredients and hazards.
An architect, a specifier, and a building owner walk into a bar. Then they talk about how ingredient transparency informs their work.
Why do we need Health Product Declarations when we have safety data sheets, Cradle to Cradle, Declare, and other frameworks?
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.
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?
HPD version 1.0’s promise of greater material transparency didn’t always deliver, but version 2.0 should provide accurate reporting.
The Portico program turns chemical disclosure into a powerful decision-making tool.
Product News & Reviews
These transformative products replace greenhouse gases, save water, and change how we view HVAC equipment.
Tracking materials is standard practice at David Edward, giving the company an edge in a market where transparency is a priority.
Green Building News
Option 3 of the LEED v4 Material Ingredients credit rewards manufacturers for chemical management up the supply chain.
The Quartz Project opens up Pharos and GaBi intelligence to the public, combining the formats of HPDs and EPDs into one tool.
A new report estimates the economic impact of LEED and green construction to date and predicts a trajectory of growth.
The DOE releases a definition of zero energy buildings that it hopes will be adopted industry-wide.
McLennan will focus on his own practice after a decade as head of the International Living Future Institute.
From the Editors
Ingredient inventories and assessment are important. But ultimately, we need to design for an indefinite future.
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