Inpro Works Toward Industry Standard to Inform Consumers of Health Risk in Building Products

12/11/2012

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There is no easy way to determine which â??ingredientsâ?? are in building productsâ??no equivalent of a â??nutrition factsâ?? box. Without a universally accepted format to report and disclose this information, designers, specifiers, owners and users of buildings have no way of knowing which products contain chemicals of concern or other properties that can impact their health and sustainability. As part of the Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative, Inpro serves as a founding member of a movement toward an industry standard, helping create the newly released and first open standard for building product disclosure.
â??As one of the first to submit a product for use in the HPD Open Standard, Inpro is taking an important step for all building product manufacturers,â? said Mark Alan, Senior Vice President of Product Management and Development. â??Our role as an HPD pilot programme allows us to shape the industry standard, with the ultimate goal of protecting the health and safety of everyone who sets foot in a building.â?
On November 9th, the HPD Collaborative released the first open standard format for reporting content and hazards in building products. Using specific data-entry guidelines outlined by a pilot committee, Inpro disclosed all critical content information for its Formatrac® Bendable Track product. By defining and organising this data, and that provided by additional building product manufacturers, the organisation is not only calling out hazardous content, but also combating the use of other conflicting reporting formats.
The newly formed HPD Collaborative will maintain and evolve the HPD Open Standard into the future to ensure that the format continues to meet industry needs. Alan continues, â??As the process continues to be refined, Inpro is honoured to help provide direction from the start, and excited to help mould the future.â?
The HPD Collaborative is a non-profit, membership organisation governed by a 15 member volunteer Board of Directors. The Health Product Declaration Version 1 was developed with the participation of 29 building product manufacturers and 50 expert reviewers from across the building industry. It is available free to all at www.hpdcollaborative.org.
ABOUT Inpro
Since 1979, Inpro Corporation has been making and servicing products with an obsessive commitment to protecting the appearance of buildings and the health and safety of the people who use them.
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