As the green building movement continues its steadfast march, developers and specifiers want to know more about the construction materials they choose. Heath Product Declarations are one way to accomplish that.
According to a recent NPCA report:
An HPD is a report of the materials or ingredient contents of a building product and its associated health effects. The HPD provides an inventory of contents and associated health hazards, but stops short of assessing risk with the actual use of the product." The HPD Version 1.0 was introduced at Greenbuild 2012, and the non-profit Health Product Declaration Collaborative was launched as a customer-led membership organization to develop the HPD. LEED v4 includes the HPD as an acceptable documentation pathway for the new Materials and Resources credit: Building product disclosure and optimization-materials ingredients. So how does it work? It’s actually easier compared to other sustainability-related documentation.
You can find out more and check the environmental footprint of your projects at the Health Product Declaration Collaborative. You'll find the news is good for precast concrete.