Health Product Declarations on the Horizon

Window & Door
February 25, 2014
Meetings & Events

The window industry needs to be aware of growing demand for Health Product Declarations, according to officials at the recent AAMA Annual Conference. The architectural community is beginning to request HPDs from building product suppliers and manufacturers, and some architects are sending letters to manufacturers indicating that “if you don’t have [HPDs] by the end of 2014, they won’t use your product,” reported Maureen Knight, AAMA’s senior executive coordinator, in Orlando.

The Health Product Declaration is a report of a product’s contents and how each ingredient affects human and ecological health. HPDs originated in 2010 as an initiative of Healthy Building Network and Building Green, and HPD Version 1.0 was introduced at Greenbuild 2012. 

Currently, companies can use a free online tool to create a product HPD. However, several AAMA attendees expressed concern that the current HPD tool doesn’t allow for proprietary ingredients, and doesn’t present the product information in an architect-friendly format.

The integration of HPDs into green ratings and specs could have major ramifications for manufacturers, according to several attendees, prompting one to comment: “Is this bigger than [Life Cycle Assessment]?”

Additional regulations and legislation
During the meeting, Knight also provided an update of various other regulatory and legislative efforts that could affect the industry. The highlights include:

 

  • OSHA is cracking down on combustible dust. “If you have more than 1/16-inch of dust buildup anywhere in your facility, you could be in violation,” warned Ray Garries, government affairs manager for Jeld-Wen.
  • Several legislative efforts are also in the works, including window tax credits, patent reform and secret science reform at the EPA. However, it is unlikely they will progress, according to Knight.