InPro joins in product transparency pilot

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InPro has joined 29 other manufacturers in a two-month pilot program to test and improve the Health Product Declaration Open Standard (HPD), a voluntary format for disclosing product content and related health concerns. The goal is greater transparency in product and material content.

InPro Corporation, already known as a leading pioneer in sustainable building product, will particiapte in the pilot, which seeks to gain feedback on the HPD standard and process.

A growing trend in the architectural community is a desire for more transparency about what is actually in the various materials and products that go into buildings. InPro is one of 30 companies participating in a two-month pilot program to test and improve the Health Product Declaration Open Standard (HPD), a voluntary format for disclosing product content and related health concerns that are typically not reported even when a product, or a building, is certified “green.”

The program is being administered by the Health Product Declaration Working Group, a volunteer organization comprised of experts from the community of designers, specifiers and building owner/operators that authored the HPD Open Standard format which made its debut at Greenbuild 2011.

The companies participating in the Pilot Program manufacture a diverse array of building products, from structural components, to finishes, to office systems. Each has agreed to complete an HPD for as many as three products, and to provide the HPD Working Group with feedback. The Working Group will evaluate and synthesize the feedback, and revise the draft HPD into a final version that will be officially ratified and made available to the public later this year.

During the Pilot Program, HPD Working Group members are providing the manufacturers with a reference guide, webinars and technical collaboration with the goal of refining the HPD Open Standard to provide information to customers that is reliable and actionable, through a process that is reasonable and fair to all manufacturers. The companies will also receive support from the Pharos Project, a project of the Healthy Building Network, which will provide automated access to its extensive chemical and materials library through its web-based Pharos System.

For more information on the HPD, the HPD Working Group and the Pilot Program, visit http://www.hpdworkinggroup.org

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Evan G. Bane