Product Transparency Disclosures
Health Product Declarations (HPDs), environmental product declarations (EPDs) and Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certification are among the ways that LEED v4 encourages building product manufacturers to provide information on their raw ingredients and manufacturing impacts.
The Health Product Declaration® (HPD) Collaborative provides a standard format for assessing raw ingredients in a product against chemical health hazard lists. More information can be found at www.hpd-collaborative.org.
Environmental product declarations (EPDs) are used to provide a report of the environmental life cycle impacts for a building product. EPDs are based on a life cycle assessment of the product and follow international standards and national product category rules.
Cradle to Cradle certification is a program of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. It certifies products to be free of certain hazardous chemicals. More information can be found at www.c2ccertified.org.
Originally published in Masonry magazine.
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