Streamlining Chemicals Management Reporting in the Building Industry

Toxnot and HPD Collaborative (HPDC) have partnered to provide a new capability for Toxnot users: direct export from their Toxnot accounts to HPDC’s online tool, HPD Builder.  This collaboration enables building product manufacturers to report against multiple standards in Toxnot and access a full suite of supplier data collection features and export this data directly to HPD Builder to create or edit their HPD (Health Product Declaration®) reports. An HPD can be used for credit in achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) v4 credit, the standard in green building. Additionally, this new capability will soon enable Toxnot users to export their HPD Builder data directly back into Toxnot, to further compare and analyze chemical hazards and alternatives, to help manufacturers in improving their product designs.

Toxnot is a chemical management pioneer, enabling users to collect chemical data, compare chemical hazard profiles, optimize substance lists to produce ‘eco’ products and report on metrics. Users can identify problematic chemicals and search for more sustainable alternatives. Toxnot also provides tools to evaluate configurable products (e.g. a chair with and without arms), allowing companies to scale reporting across their product line. Consumers want to know what is in their products; manufactures want their products to attain LEED status – this partnership streamlines the process for manufactures to provide chemicals transparency through an HPD report.

HPD Collaborative is the non-profit, member organization responsible for the development and evolution of the HPD Open Standard, a stakeholder, consensus-based standard for reporting product content and associated building product health information. The HPD Standard was first published in 2012.

The latest HPD Standard version 2.1.1, will go live in late September and includes “Harmonized Methods for Hazards Screening” based on collaboration with Clean Production Action and the use of the GreenScreen® List TranslatorTM. As an active participant in this harmonization process, and member of the HPD Collaborative, Toxnot uses this harmonized method, providing a seamless integration of data entered into Toxnot and used to create HPDs. Pete Girard, founder of Toxnot, sees this collaboration as a “natural extension of capabilities to help building product manufacturers find safer chemical alternatives to create an HPD, and qualify for LEED v4 status.”

Toxnot and HPDC will continue to provide support for the existing HPD reporting options in Toxnot and HPD Builder while exploring additional avenues to expand work together and streamline other functions, such as third-party verification workflows. The goal of the collaboration is to further streamline the ability of building product manufacturers to: identify chemicals of concern; search for preferable alternatives; and disclose information on their sustainable products via the established HPD Open Standard ecosystem.

“We are very pleased with our growing collaboration we are developing with Toxnot,” said Wendy Vittori, HPDC executive director.  “Accelerating the growth of open, collaborative innovation in material health work is key to accelerating the availability of improved products.  This partnership is an excellent example, that will facilitate the open flow of material health information, and give users enhanced capabilities to understand and work with the data reported in HPDs.”

About the Health Product Declaration ® Collaborative
The Health Product Declaration (HPD) Collaborative is a not-for-profit, customer-led, member organization committed to the continuous improvement of the building industry’s environmental and health performance through transparency and innovation. The HPD Collaborative created, supports and advances the HPD Open Standard, a format that enables accurate, reliable and consistent reporting of building product content and associated health information, through a consensus-based, stakeholder process. The HPD Open Standard is freely available to all at www.hpd-collaborative.org.

About Toxnot
ToxnotPBC is a software company with a mission to improve health and sustainability across the global supply chain with insight about the chemicals and materials that go into them. Toxnot enables manufacturers reduce costs by streamlining safer product design. Organizations are able to streamline transparency reporting and collect hazard information across their global supply chain. Toxnot is the first service of its kind that scales from small businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises and is the first free source of searchable GreenScreen® List Translator scores. In 2017, Toxnot won the Environmental Leader Product of the Year Award.

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