Is Your Health Product Declaration (HPD) Compliant?
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The Health Product Declaration (HPD) is one of the most requested specification resources in the AEC industry. Building product manufacturers can contribute one point in LEED v4 with a LEED compliant HPD. Aside from meeting the LEED v4 requirements, there are requirements for compliance for the HPD Open Standard itself. Let’s review critical items for a compliant HPD. We’ll cut through the complexity of the new requirements and jargon to identify the essential guidelines.
HPDs Published to Repository
For HPDs published to the HPD Public Repository using the HPD Builder, the required quality control checks are performed automatically by the HPD Builder. If a manufacturer publishes HPDs using the HPD Builder, no further action is necessary. Manufacturers that manually upload HPDs to the Public Repository, requires quality control checks performed by HPDC Staff. The HPDC has released the HPDC Quality Control Protocol and Procedure for Published HPDs to help manufacturers.
Protocol for Quality Control of Published HPDs
The newly released protocol applies to all version 2.1 HPDs and HPDs published with latter versions of the HPD Open Standard. Published HPDs will be reviewed by several points, to ensure that the HPD is in compliance with the requirements of the version of the HPD Open Standard. Let’s review the key points.
• Format compliance- the physical representation of the HPD Open Standard Format must be the same as the Format included in the referenced version of the HPD Open Standard, Appendix A, plus any amendments or corrections defined in addenda or errata issued by HPDC. Bottom line: Your HPD can’t be printed on rainbow wrapping paper or etched by chisel into a stone tablet.
If the HPDC staff discovers an HPD that is non-compliant, the HPD will be given a “pending” status. The creator of the HPD (manufacturer, 3rd party consultant, etc.) will be notified that action is required. The HPD will not be downloadable from the Repository. Repository users will be prompted to contact the manufacturer for additional information. The manufacturer will have 30 days to correct any non-compliances found, and submit the corrected HPD for review. If the non-compliances have not been successfully corrected, the status of the HPD will be changed to Withdrawn and the manufacturer will be notified.
Building product manufacturers need to be attentive when manually creating their HPDs. The easiest and most effective method is to use the HPD Builder or hire a seasoned third party consultant. Manually creating an HPD poses many challenges and the information above should be heeded with great attention. Does your company manually create HPDs? If so, why do you use this method? What obstacles have you experienced publishing HPDs?
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