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Product Declarations
Consumers vote with their dollars. Architects vote with their specifications. With greenwashing on the rise, claims of a product’s sustainability are no longer enough. Customers now demand proof. GreenCE has teamed up with Elixir Environmental to help building product manufacturers develop Health Product Declarations (HPD),Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), and Life Cycle Assessments (LCA).

Our team develops customized programs for your company, whether you are budget conscious or engaged in a comprehensive approach. As with most clients who participate in multiple programs, a synergy occurs through a multi-faceted approach,enabling you to reach your specification goals quickly and efficiently.

Building product manufacturers have several new opportunities to get their product specified by contributing more points on projects under LEED v4. The life-cycle approach to Materials and Resources credits in LEED provide incentives for project teams to specify products from manufacturers that provide full transparency of their product’s environmental performance.

Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Top AEC firms are requesting HPDs from product manufacturers. Firms such as Smith Group, Perkins+Will, HDR, and HKS are requiring HPD for all future projects. Product manufacturers who do not comply will be removed from the firm’s product library and not considered for specification. The Health Product Declaration Open Standard TM (HPD) provides a standardized way of reporting the material contents of building products, and the health effects associated with these materials. The HPD is developed according to the directions set forth by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative TM, and is considered to be complementary to life cycle documentation such as LCA and EPD.

While the ideal for the HPD’s inventory of contents is 100% disclosure of both content identity and hazards, the HPD Open Standard supports a variety of standards when disclosure limitations exist, including intellectual property concerns, technical capacity and supply chain communication gaps. Thus, a variety of threshold standards for disclosure of intentional ingredients or residuals are supported, including limiting the disclosure to only the functional role and associated health impacts in order to protect proprietary chemicals or materials.

Building products can contribute LEED points via an HPD under LEED MRc4: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization: Material Ingredients. The intent of this credit is to encourage the use of products and materials for which ingredients are fully disclosed,and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.

For more information on developing an HPD, please contact:
Tara Blank, PhD
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
This document is similar to a nutrition label for foods, serving to effectively communicate the environmental performance of your product to your customers. EPDs are created according to internationally harmonized standards and are third-party verified, ensuring that the results for your product are valid, and allowing direct comparisons to be made between your product and others in the marketplace. EPDs are considered the gold standard in transparency.

Building products can contribute LEED points via an EPD under LEED MRc2: Building Product Disclosure and Optimization: Environmental Product Declaration. This credit rewards project teams for selecting building products and materials for which life-cycle information is available, and from manufacturers that have verified reductions in environmental impact.

In this credit, Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) provide a standardized way of quantifying the environmental performance of a product. The EPD includes information on the environmental impact of raw material extraction, energy use and efficiency,content of materials and chemical substances, emissions to air, soil, and water, and waste generation.

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a holistic approach to determining the total environmental impacts of a product or service–from extraction of raw materials and processing, to distribution, use, and end of life. By translating input and output data into more environmentally relevant information, LCA can offer a window into the environmental performance of your product. Here’s a short video to learn more:
LCA can determine which materials or processes in your product’s value chain most heavily contribute to such impact categories as global warming, acidification, and ozone depletion. LCA can also establish a benchmark for making improvements, and serves as the basis for creating your product's Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). To schedule a free webinar for your company about HPD, EPD, and LCA, contact tara@elixirenvironmental.com or
call 360-727-3528.
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