Strengthening its commitment to product transparency and to creating healthy interior environments, CertainTeed Ceilings has issued the industry’s first Health Product Declarations. The HPDs offer detailed information on the makeup of the vast majority (24) of the company's ceiling product families and their potential health and environmental impacts, helping architects and designers make fully informed decisions when specifying products. The HPDs will also contribute to important materials and resources credits under the newest version of LEED, which places greater emphasis on product transparency.
The HPDs were issued in alliance with the HPD Collaborative, a customer-led organization committed to the continuous improvement of the building industry’s environmental and health performance, through transparency and innovation in the building product supply chain. The HPD is an open standard that establishes a common reporting language for disclosing information about the ingredients used to construct a building product and their associated health information.
"With the introduction of LEED v4, it is more important than ever to provide our customers with complete, transparent information not only on the environmental impact of our products and how they are made, but for the individual 'ingredients' in each product and their potential health impacts," said Dawn Chittick, director of marketing for CertainTeed Ceilings. "HPDs establish a common language through which CertainTeed and other building product manufacturers can communicate this information, which maximizes disclosure and ensures accurate and consistent reporting."
The HPDs join CertainTeed’s industry-leading library of Environmental Product Declarations, which have been certified by UL Environment and cover fiberglass Sustainable Insulation and over 20 ceiling product families. While HPDs evaluate the chemical and material makeup of a product, EPDs provide third-party verification of environmental life cycle data, including a product’s production process impact, usage of raw materials and recycled content, packaging, health aspects and end of life impact.
For more information on CertainTeed’s library of EPDs and HPDs, go to www.certainteed.com/Ceilings/Sustainability/EPDs-LCA.