HPD Library
Making Products
Creating Awareness
Material selection for the built environment has traditionally been based on cost, performance, durability, aesthetics, and availability. But with society’s shift into a more healthful mindset about the chemical content of our food, cleaning supplies, and cosmetics, there is an increasing interest in understanding the human health consequences of building product choices. That’s where material transparency and ingredient disclosure comes in.

How does this differ from Cradle to Cradle and Declare?
HPD is a reporting tool, while Cradle to Cradle is a certification program and Declare is a self-disclosure tool and label. Cradle to Cradle Certification offers a high degree of certainty that specific constituent ingredients are not included in products certified at different levels, as well as indicates other environmental attributes. The Declare label provides the full disclosure of a product’s constituent ingredients in support of the industry-leading Living Building Challenge and the Living Product Challenge, with a specific interest in avoiding chemicals on the Red List.

How does this fit with LEED?
Material ingredient disclosure through the Health Product Declaration, Cradle to Cradle Certification or Declare may help earn Materials & Resources credit in LEED version 4.

What is the HPD Library?
While there are product registries for both Cradle to Cradle and Declare, there is no one place for owners and designers to go to find Health Product Declarations that have been available to the public. With assistance and support from many industry leaders, SmithGroupJJR has developed a searchable database that contains hundreds of HPDs which owners and designers can access, free of charge, to assist in their LEED documenting process.
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Healthier Selections.
Happier Futures.
The following are other industry resources where you can learn more about sustainability and the health impacts of materials:
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"As designers and developers base product selection on the information available through the HPD library, product manufacturers will not only continue to provide material transparency documents, but they will also be compelled to critically analyze the information presented in those documents and seek out methods of eliminating potentially hazardous materials within their products."
— Christie Gamble, Director of Sustainability
CarbonCure Technologies
HPD Library Contacts
The material ingredient transparency conversation is in its infancy, but gaining momentum. We’d love to hear from you if you have materials that you would like us to add or if you know of HPDs that we are missing, or if you have advice on how to make this tool more useful. Because we are founding members and strong supporters of the HPD Collaborative, we have included contact information for Wendy Vittori, the HPDC Executive Director. Please join us in supporting their important efforts.

Greg Mella, SmithGroupJJR
Co-Director, Sustainability
Russell Perry, SmithGroupJJR
Co-Director, Sustainability
Wendy Vittori, HPD Collaborative
Executive Director
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