What is a Health Product Declaration and Why Should You Care?

If you’re thinking, “How can an air- and water-resistive barrier be a health product?” first, let’s establish what a Health Product Declaration® (HPD) means.

What is it?

The HPD is a set of stringent regulations, set by the HPD Collaborative, used to document and report the material contents of building products and the health effects associated with these materials. In short, the specification enables architects, builders, contractors, building owners, etc. to evaluate and specify products with a comprehensive understanding of what’s in said products, and how they will impact a building’s internal environment and, ultimately, the occupants.

What is the Health Product Declaration Collaborative?

The HPD Collaborative is a non-profit member organization committed to the continuous improvement of the building industry’s performance through transparency, openness, and innovation in the product supply chain. The HPD Open Standard is a voluntary technical specification for reporting information on product contents and associated health information.

Why is it important?

health product declaration logo-version-2Well, other than the obvious – healthy choices are almost always the right choices – there are specific benefits to the HPD. The HPD provides a full disclosure of the potential chemicals of concern in products by comparing product ingredients to a wide variety of “hazard” lists published by government authorities and scientific associations.

Prior to the launch of the HPD Collaborative, the existing methods for reporting product contents, like Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), contained some of the information needed to make healthy building material choices, but failed to collect, require, or list all elements essential to having a comprehensive understanding of product health characteristics. The invention of the HPD came from the needs of architectural firms, construction companies and building owners for a comprehensive base of information that would enable better decision making, where health was a consideration.

What does it mean for the industry?

Building materials manufacturers are going to feel the pressure to obtain this credential in order to support their clients’ work, as HPD is widely recognized by architects wanting to build LEED®-certified structures. It is also a transparent and unbiased framework for manufacturers to effectively report material health information. It’s a huge benefit, really. A building product could actually contribute to a project’s bottom line by reducing time and labor costs while also ensuring LEED v4 compliance.

How has Dörken embraced this?

After working toward the HPD for over a year, the DELTA®-VENT S and DELTA®-VENT SA products met the stringent regulations set by the HPD Collaborative. Both received a Health Product Declaration v 2.0. Products with an HPD are typically implemented when architects are designing LEED-certified buildings, so they can be confident in the high-performance water-resistive and self-adhesive air barriers as vetted health products.

Read more about how DELTA®-VENT S and DELTA®-VENT SA became the first barriers of their kind to obtain an HPD.