Specification Edge: How HPDs Help Product Manufacturers

Health Product Declarations (HPDs) can help building product manufacturers get their products specified. HPDs offer several benefits that can help influence design professionals to specify certain products that meet their sustainability goals. HPDs can help manufacturers with the following:

Meeting Customer Demand
Customers are increasingly interested in knowing the health and environmental impacts of the products they use, and this is especially true in the building industry. HPDs can provide transparency and assurance to customers that the products they are using are safe and sustainable. This is particularly important in industries such as healthcare, where building materials can have a significant impact on patient health. The HPD Open Standard was developed by the HPDC as a standardized specification for the accurate, reliable, and consistent reporting of product contents and associated health information for products used in the built environment.

Compliance with Industry Regulations
There are a growing number of regulations and standards in place that require manufacturers to disclose information about the materials and chemicals used in their products. By providing HPDs, manufacturers can easily meet these requirements and demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and transparency. For example, the WELL Building Standard, which focuses on human health and wellness in building design and construction, requires HPDs for certain products.

Improved Product Performance
Understanding the materials and chemicals used in their products can help manufacturers identify opportunities to improve performance and sustainability. For example, they may be able to identify alternatives to certain chemicals that are harmful to human health or the environment, leading to better, safer products.

Beat Your Competitors
In an increasingly sustainability-focused market, providing HPDs can give manufacturers a competitive advantage over those who do not. Consumers and businesses alike are becoming more aware of the impact of their choices on the environment and human health, and may choose products that have HPDs over those that do not. Additionally, some building certifications, such as LEED and Living Building Challenge, require or give credit for products that have HPDs, giving those manufacturers a competitive advantage in the certification process.

HPDs can help manufacturers, suppliers, and customers collaborate to improve the sustainability of the building industry. By providing transparent information about the materials and chemicals used in their products, manufacturers can work with their suppliers to identify more sustainable alternatives. Design professionals can also use HPDs to make informed choices about the products they use, which can lead to demand for more sustainable products, driving the industry as a whole towards greater sustainability.

Overall, developing HPDs can benefit building product manufacturers by improving customer trust and satisfaction, compliance with regulations, improving product performance, gaining a competitive advantage, and facilitating collaboration within the supply chain. Contact Elixir Environmental to learn more about how HPDs can help get your products specified.

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